The best places to run in Paris Region
From the famous Parisian gardens to the quays of the Seine, on dirt paths or on concrete, Paris is always an ideal setting for a jog. Put on your trainers and discover the city of light and its surroundings in a different way.
To make the Paris Region your running ground, here is a quick overview of the most enjoyable sites that are best suited to “your” running practice. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savoury, there really is something for everyone!
Tuileries Garden, the purest French style
With a total area of 25 hectares, two main straight lines of more than 750 meters on flat ground, the Tuileries garden is ideal for an interval jogging session. Take a short stride while admiring the perspectives on one side of the Place de la Concorde and on the other side of the Louvre Museum, so characteristic of the French garden… and sprint to improve your cardio. An essential program!
Luxembourg Gardens, the most prestigious
On a 2-kilometre loop in the heart of the mythical Latin Quarter, walk along the gates of the Luxembourg Garden, then take the many alleys framed by hundred-year-old trees and statues for a masterful jogging session like the magnificent Senate building. And when a break is in order, take advantage of the famous green armchairs that are inseparable from the place. Run in one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris!
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the most cardio
With its 1,001 slopes, the Buttes-Chaumont park is an ideal playground for training for trail running. In this romantic setting decorated with a grotto, footbridges and waterfalls, work on your legs and your buttocks by taking the hills and the stairs.
Fontainebleau forest, the most varied
With its 360 kilometres of marked trails, the Fontainebleau forest is the dream spot for all nature lovers. Put on a good pair of sneakers and take one of the different routes according to your level. A 16 km loop to work on endurance and admire the splendid views, or a course of 25 bumps in the heart of the forest which the most expert among you will not fail to compete.
Green Coulée, the most urban
Also called the Planted promenade, this route links the Place de la Bastille to the Parc de Vincennes. After the trains that have raced there at great speed, it is the runners’ turn to sweat at full speed. A bucolic jog in the heart of Paris at more than 7 metres high! Need to hydrate? The sparkling water fountain in the Reuilly garden is at your disposal.
Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, the most chlorophylls
The woods of Paris are perfect for both initiation and endurance! The forests of Boulogne and Vincennes offer you mostly flat terrain and circuits of up to about 15 kilometres. Take the dirt roads which are more flexible and thus preserve your joints. Both offer routes accessible to all, such as the tour of the large lake in the Bois de Boulogne or the bike path tour in the Bois de Vincennes. And after dark, you can enjoy the illuminated axes.
Quays of the Seine, the most monumental
Developed and pedestrianized, the banks of the Seine listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, have become an essential spot for jogging. Right bank or left bank, the choice is yours! Both courses offer a breathtaking view of the most beautiful monuments in Paris. You just have to look up to admire the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre museum. In terms of distance everything is possible, from 21 km to train for the half-marathon to the traditional 5 km to let off steam on weekends.
Tips for a guided jogging session
With a running app or in the company of experienced joggers, discover the great monuments and small secret alleys of the Paris Region with a guide to follow in short strides!
Paris Running tour
Discover Paris by running at your own pace with a passionate and fascinating Parisian guide. In just a few hours, you are jogging, appreciating the different facets of the city and filling up with knowledge and anecdotes. Confirmed or beginner, on the way for the visit!
And if you want to stretch your legs while discovering the most beautiful natural spaces and monuments of the Paris Region, don’t forget to download the free Bougeott app which combines physical activity and discovery of cultural and natural heritage. A must for your weekend outings!
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