Where to swim in Nyon, Vaud
This week we head southwest along the banks of Lac Leman with mother of 2 Rowan. Rowan loves the fact that you can swim in rivers and lakes all over Switzerland - splashing about under a blue sky with snowy peaks in the background is such a great feeling for her! We totally agree!
Where is your favourite Badi?
Piscine de Nyon, Chemin de la Piscine 12, 1260 Nyon
Opening Hours & Entry price?
Open every day from 6 May - 18 September 2017
May & June: 9am* to 8pm
July & August: 9am* to 8.30pm
September: 10am to 7pm
(*50m pool opens at 7am on Tues & Thurs from May to end of August)
CHF 7.- adults
CHF 3.- reduced rate*
Free for children under 6 years
Multipass and season cards also available
*Family groups of more than 3 people qualify for reduced rate as long as there is at least one child (under-18) in the group
The best way to get there?
Large car park on Chemin de la Piscine, although this fills up quickly at busy times. Parking is free but don't forget your blue parking disc.
Buses 803 and 811 stop at 'Nyon - Colovray' from Nyon train station or Coppet
What sets your favourite Badi apart from the rest?
The Piscine de Nyon at Colovray really has something for everyone. Set on the edge of Lac Léman, I love to bring friends to laze by the pool with a view of the Alps and Mont Blanc. As well as access to the lake, there are three pools to enjoy - a paddling pool with a slide and gentle fountains for babies and toddlers, a kids' pool with lots of bubbles and a lazy river to float around in, plus a 50m pool with a few lanes cordoned off for serious swimmers. These are set in beautiful gardens with plenty of shady areas to lay out your towel and keep a close eye on the kids. There's also a sturdy wooden play-area for smaller children, a beach volleyball court and a ping-pong table for when they need a break from the water.
Anything yummy that we must try on the menu?:
As well as the standard fare of hotdogs, chips and chicken nuggets, the restaurant offers a variety of fresh salads and sandwiches, along with hot paninis, cookies and healthy muffins. There's also a great pizza restaurant across the road in the Colovray Sports Centre if you need more than a snack.
What is one thing you never go to the Badi without?:
We always take picnic blankets and a large picnic, supplemented with lots of ice-cream and cold drinks from the café. Although theft isn't a massive problem, it's handy to have a padlock for the lockers in the changing rooms if you're all planning to hit the water together. Locals will be pleased to know that boys can wear swim-shorts, rather than the Speedo-type trunks required by most French pools, as long as they aren't too long. Once the lake water heats up in summer, watch out for 'duck fleas' / 'les puces de canards' which leave itchy hives - more info in English on this great local website.