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Our best picks for what to do in Grenoble this summer

Updated: Jul 13, 2018


Lake Monteynard / Bridges toward adventure. Photo Credit: SIVOM du lac de Monteynard-Avignonet

Can you feel the heat, hear children laughing around you or have the urge to sit on a patio for a drink? No panic, these are just the normal symptoms of the French summer!


Grenoble is not just beautifully surrounded by nature; it is a vibrant cultural stage and therefore a great city to spend the summer. Some will say that it gets too hot but there are plenty of ways to escape the heat wave and spend memorable times with family and friends.


Here are our best picks for what to do in Grenoble this summer:


Culture immersion: Festivals!


It will be hard to choose which festivals to attend because there are so many in and around Grenoble. Why don’t you go to one or two and save the others for next year?


Jazz à Vienne / Concerts mainly take place in the setting of the famous Théâtre Antique

IN GRENOBLE

Cabaret frappé 2018

Cabaret Frappé  / July 16-21

Taking place in Le Jardin de Ville, in the heart of Grenoble, the festival is an eclectic mix of music.

Free

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Plus d'information



French National Day / July 14

Celebrate the anniversary of The Storming of Bastille with a military parade, picnic and fireworks at Place de Verdun and Parc Paul Mistral

Plus d'information


Diverscities / July 15

International music concert taking place in Le Jardin de Ville

Free

Plus d'information



L’été Oh! Parc

Happening in Parc Paul Mistral, L’été Oh! Parc offers tons of discoveries and experiences to share with families and friends

Free

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Program





AROUND GRENOBLE


Jazz à Vienne / June 28 – July 13

Unmissable jazz gathering in France.

Distance from Grenoble: 1.5 hours

Purchase tickets in advance

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Berlioz Festival / August 18 – September 2

Well-known summer classical music event in France.

Distance from Grenoble: 45 minutes

Purchase tickets in advance

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Le Grand Son / July 19-22

French Music Festival in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse.

Distance from Grenoble: 30 minutes

Purchase tickets in advance (but you can hear the music from outside of the event)

Plus d'information



Années Folles et Folles Années / July 18-21 and 24-28

Local sound & light show based on historical reenactments

Distance from Grenoble: 1 hour

Purchase tickets in advance

Plus d'information







Cool off! Outdoor pools and lakes

Needless to say you may want to refresh yourselves during your summer in Grenoble. Temperatures can go up to 35 - 38 degrees some days, so jumping in a pool or lake will be more than tempting. Where are the best places to take a dip?


The Eybens swimming pool offers beautiful views of the mountains while doing laps

OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS

There are great swimming pools in and around Grenoble, however please note that it can get pretty busy during the day and that France has a strict "no swim short" dress code meaning you will have to wear that silly speedo that you see at the beach (and sometimes swim caps will be required too).


Piscine Jean Bron

This pool is very accessible if you live right downtown and don’t feel like driving. There is a separate section for babies/children.

Address: 7 Rue Lazare Carnot, Grenoble

Tram stop: Foch Ferrié Line C

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Stade Nautique d’Echirolles

Beautiful 50-meter outdoor pool for avid swimmers. 25-meter indoor pool and kid outdoor pool with grass area available

Address: 9 Rue Fernand Pelloutier, Echirolles

Tram stop: Echirolles Gare Line A

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Piscine d’Eybens

Equipped with 3 pools for swimmers and children, the pool also offers diving boards

Address: 5 Rue du Château, Eybens

Bus stop: Eybens Le Verderet, Line C4

More info

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Piscine Doyen Gosse La Tronche

Ideally located on the top of La Tronche with a view of the mountains, the facilities are equipped with an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a wading pool.

Address: Rue Pasteur, La Tronche

Tram stop: Grand Sablon Line B

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The swimming pool in Jarrie is located in a green and tree-filled setting

Piscine de Jarrie

The swimming pool is located in a green and tree-filled setting. A big lawn is available to have a picnic or to relax.

Ideally located on the top of La Tronche with a view of the mountains, the facilities are equipped with an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a wading pool.

Address: 249 avenue général Delestraint, Jarrie

Direction: Tram Line A till Echirolles Denis Papin then take the bus C66 till Jarrie, Clos Jouvin

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LAKES

If you are looking for more "natural" experiences, there are plenty of beautiful lakes around Grenoble. They don't only offer open swimming in fresh water but also water activities such as sailing, windsurfing or kitesurfing. The surroundings are ideal for hiking or mountain biking!


The Lake of Paladru is the source of some incredible archaeological discoveries

Lac de Monteynard

The Monteynard lake is a paradise for windsurfing and kitesurfing but also for hikers and swimmers.

Address: 38650 Treffort

Distance from Grenoble: 1 hour

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Lac de Paladru

Fifth largest natural lake in France, the lake Paladru has also been the source of some incredible archaeological discoveries

Address: 38850 Paladru or 38850 Charavines

Distance from Grenoble: 40 minutes

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Lac de Laffrey

Closest lake to Grenoble, and its elevation of 900 metres allows cooler temperatures in the summer!

Address: 38220 Laffrey Distance from Grenoble: 30 minutes

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Le Bois Français offers various water activities during the summer season


Le Bois Français

Perfect spot to cool off with your children. Le Bois Français is an outdoor activities centre offering multiple activities during the summer season (nautical sports, swimming, strolls…)

Address: 38420 Le Versoud

Distance from Grenoble: 20 minutes

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ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!


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