Three Cheers for Sports in Paris Region!
The Paris Marathon, the Open de France golf tournament, the arrival of the Tour de France cycling race, or the Roland-Garros French Open… Paris and its region overflow with internationally renowned sporting events. This history of the region's love of sport is not new: in the 12th century, Paris was already celebrated for its real tennis courts, then in the 19th century, its racetracks were famous throughout Europe! Today, you will find a multitude of sporting activities for all ages, budgets and tastes, whether you are an occasional or passionate athlete, or simply a spectator… Long live sport in the Paris region!
"In Paris, on a bike, you overtake the cars," sang Joe Dassin. Non-polluting, healthy and fast, cycling is a magnificent way to discover the capital. Rent a Velib' and go for a ride! If you prefer to follow a guide, there are plenty of options, from the pioneering Paris Bike Tour; Fat Tire Tours Paris with its English-speaking guides, or Paris Charms & Secrets, that offer alternative tours around Paris on electric bikes.
Gallop or trot
In the Paris region, horseracing enthusiasts have plenty to enjoy year round with prestigious races in the magnificent racecourses of Auteuil, Longchamp, Vincennes or Saint-Cloud. World-famous events include the Grand Prix d'Amérique, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe or the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Families are not forgotten with the Dimanches au Galop season, organised at racetracks throughout the spring. And for those who want to go riding, the company Horse Holidays offers rides for all levels in the Maisons-Laffitte park.
A temple to soccer
The 1998 World Cup final still resonates in the hearts of all French soccer fans! To relive these magical moments, a visit to the Stade de France is essential. Go behind the scenes of this immense steel and concrete structure, its lodges, cloakrooms, and, of course, the mythic playing field.
Paris, land of tennis
Borg, Navrátilová, Wilander, Nadal… Since 1928, the [Roland-Garros stadium] has seen the biggest tennis stars compete to win this challenging Grand Slam tournament. By visiting the stadium, you will learn everything there is to know about the famous clay court, its backstage secrets, and you can even visit the Philippe Chatrier center court! (Closed until 2018.)
Paris at a trot
Are you planning to compete in the Paris Marathon? Well, you better start training! And just like a true Parisian, you can start by jogging past all the historical monuments on the Seine's newly renovated riverbanks, now dedicated to pedestrians. If you're looking for fun with the family, head for the banks below the Musée d'Orsay or around the Daumesnil lake in the Bois de Vincennes. Good news: all these activities are free! And to reconcile sport and culture? Register for the Paris Running Tour which organises the city's first ever tours at a faster pace!
For tee lovers
Counting 71 golf courses, greater Paris is a paradise for golfers of all levels. The most experienced will play at the Golf National in Guyancourt where the Open de France is contested and, in 2018, the Ryder Cup. The Disneyland Paris Golf Course, where the Ryder Cup Junior 2018 will be held, offers rounds adapted to all levels. Designed in 1909, the Golf de Fontainebleau remains, between rocky outcrops and heather, one of France's most beautiful golf courses.