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Water sports in Besançon

Looking for sporting activities during your stay in Besançon?

Let yourself be tempted by a refreshing and dynamic getaway in the heart of Besançon!

Situated right next to the Doubs river and boasting numerous lakes and leisure centres, Besançon offers a multitude of ways to enjoy the pleasures of the water while taking part in a more or less sporting activity.

The team at the Hôtel Foch would like to take you on a tour of the water sports available in Besançon.

Discover the city by boat

Let's get off to a gentle start with a discovery of Besançon by boat. 🛥️

The Embarcadère des Bateliers du Doubs offers guided river cruises to show you Besançon from a different angle.

For a completely free ride on the Doubs, you can also opt to hire electric boats.

Water sports in Besançon

Rowing and canoeing on the Doubs

Explore the city from a different angle by rowing, canoeing or kayaking on the Doubs! These activities are accessible to all levels, for a leisurely stroll or a more sporting descent.

Where can you go rowing or canoeing in Besançon?

📍 SNB Aviron

Located right next to the Hôtel Foch, the SNB Aviron (Société Nautique Bisontine) is Besançon's rowing club.

Whether you're a novice or an expert, the club offers a wide range of activities:
  • Boat hire: sea rowing, river rowing, canoeing and kayaking
  • Rowing lessons: for all levels, from 8 years upwards
  • Descents of the Doubs: supervised by experienced instructors
📍 Avanne-Aveney leisure centre

Located around 10 km from Besançon, the Avanne-Aveney leisure centre is an ideal place to enjoy canoeing and kayaking in the heart of nature.

The base offers canoe and kayak hire for all levels, as well as guided descents on the Doubs.
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