Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Paris has 38 municipal swimming spots, but Piscine Pontoise is definitely the most famous. Not because this indoor pool is especially fancy. On the contrary. It has a vintage charm and I would say: even an aura.
Paris has 38 municipal swimming spots, but Piscine Pontoise is definitely the most famous. Not because this indoor pool is especially fancy, on the contrary. It has a vintage charm and I would say: even an aura.
An aura? Yes indeed. Remember the unforgettable scene of Kieslowski’s film Three colors - Blue showing Juliette Binoche diving into that outrageously blue water? That’s it. That’s the place we are talking about.
Besides the fact of being a place of pilgrimage for all Binoche fans, Piscine Pontoise is a quite stunning art deco building created by Lucien Pollet in the 1930’s. It has two high galleries that surround the pool and an opaque glass roof.
As it’s located in the Quartier Latin, it’s a kind of a workout (and flirting) place for the Parisian intelligentsia after too much intensive thinking. Don’t be surprised if you swim into a writer while doing your laps in the pool – whereas I have to admit that the very big fish, the crème de la crème, prefer the pool of the Ritz Health Club which has such a high admission fee a year that it makes you think the pool might be filled with Evian (or some cheap champagne?).
The blue Pontoise doesn’t have Olympic dimensions. The pool is 33 meters long, there are only six lanes but there is a fitness club, a sauna and a squash court. During weekday evenings it’s open until almost midnight (did I mention it was a place for intense flirting?). The ticket is a bit more expensive then, but for 10,50 Euros it covers the entry to the pool, gym and sauna.Piscine Pontoise
Open from Monday 7h – 8h30, 12h15-13h30, 16h30 à 20h00, Tuesday from 7h00 à 08h30 et de 12h15 à 13h30 et de 16h30 à 19h00, Wednesday from 7h00 – 08h30, 11h30 -19h30, Thursday 7h00-08h30, 12h15-13h30, 16h30-19h15, Friday 7h00-8h30, 12h15-13h30, 16h30-20h00, Saturday 10h00-19h00, Sunday 8h00-19h00, nocturnal: Monday-Friday 20h15-23h45