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During our travels, we sometimes need a little time to ourselves. A pause is necessary to keep pace with the tours that follow one another in quick succession. Reims may be a city on a human scale, but it does not escape the rule. We will take you to our little areas of greenery, where the people of Reims like to relax or enjoy outdoor sports.
Parks and gardens wherever you wish
Athletes, strollers, walkers, each park or garden has its special characteristics to satisfy the expectations of visitors.
Reims has no less than 265 hectares of green spaces spread throughout the city, to the delight of its inhabitants. The diversity of facilities and equipment make each park unique and allow different activities to be practised.
Champagne Park is a paradise for joggers: trails and slopes, everything is here to improve their performance. It is also popular in the summer for enjoying the large, shady areas. This is also where the picnic concert “Flâneries Musicales” takes place in late July, which is the big event of the summer.
The Parc de la Patte d’Oie and the horticultural garden are both listed as "remarkable gardens". It's a pleasure to take a walk there and to admire the different species of plants that bloom between the fountains and ponds. Real moments of relaxation in view.
The Léo Lagrange park, the meeting place for riders
The Leo Lagrange Park, the largest park in Reims, brings together sportsmen and leisure-lovers. The skatepark of 2,400 m² welcomes fans of sliding sports, while others do their jogging or wander around the pond. It's a pleasure to spread out your blanket at the edge of the water and spend a relaxing time around a picnic with family or friends.
The park also hosts major events, such as the FISE, an international festival of extreme sports, where BMX and skateboard specialists from around the world meet to give you a wonderful show. This is also where the festivities for July 14, the French National Day, take place around concerts and a great musical fireworks show.
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THE “COULEE VERTE”: FOLLOW THE FLOW OF THE WATER
Between the canal and the River Vesle, the “coulée verte” [green flow] is a non-urbanised area where cyclists, runners and walkers cross paths. Rent a bike and follow the canal to Sillery. Along the way, you will appreciate these green areas, which constitute true reservoirs of biodiversity where fauna and flora find the natural habitats favourable to their maintenance.
THE FAUX DE VERZY, A NATURAL CURIOSITY
This is one of the most popular places to take a walk in Reims. In the mountain of Reims, the Forest of Verzy shelters a species of astonishing trees: the “faux”. Over a thousand specimens of these twisted beech trees are present in the forest, making it the world's largest reserve of this tree with its bent trunk and twisted branches. They can be discovered in any season. In summer, the leaves completely cover the tree and form a kind of igloo. In winter, the bare trees reveal their structure. We are then easily carried away to a fantastic world of tales and legends populated by elves or goblins.