Geneva, Switzerland – It is hot! Perfect time to swim outdoors, but, where? Well, when it comes to finding a “beach” in Geneva, Paquis seems to come first to mind, but of course there are plenty more options.
In fact, there are officially 14 public beaches in Canton Geneva, several with picnic areas and a few with camping areas, and 116 beaches around the Lake including France.
How to find them?
Here’s our list which includes points of access for boats to the Lake.
Is it safe to swim in Lake Geneva? What about duck fleas?
Water quality is considered good and is sampled every two weeks at 29 locations around Canton Geneva. Additionally, once a month the waters near Hermance are tested to determine phosphorus levels. So far, so good, authorities say. Tests are also done around the Lake in Vaud and France near swimming areas to determine if they’re safe for bathers.
Then, what about the strange “rash” that some swimmers get after dipping in the waters of Lake Geneva? Canton authorities say the so-called “duck fleas,” a larvae that provokes skin irritation usually live in shallower, warmer waters. And they recommend:
- Whenever safe, swimming in deeper, cooler waters.
- Showering with cold water immediately after swimming.
- Scrubbing briskly with a towel.
Swimming in rivers
Cantonal health authorities discourage swimmers from dipping in most rivers in the region. Sometimes to protect the biological life of the river, other times, because of water quality issues.
The best option is to swim in larger rivers like the Rhone and Arve as larger bodies of water tend to be cleaner and have better oxygenation levels.
In the summer, the rivers are favored by those who like tubing, and also by dog owners that take their pooches to beaches and natural pools near Jonction. (More on that later).
Worried about UV rays? Before heading outdoors check the UV ray index forecast for your region. The Swiss Confederation-run website also has links to other sites in Europe and Australia, in case you decide to lay under the sun somewhere in these two continents.