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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris

Play a leisurely game of French ‘boules’ (balls), known as Pétanque, just as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand! This popular game is played all over Europe but its roots are firmly set in France, where locals play it in just about every village. In Paris’ tranquil Dauphine Gardens, enjoy a 1.5-hour match and learn all the tactics and lingo to become a master at this much-loved ‘sport.’


  • Take part in a 1.5-hour match of Pétanque, a form of French boules, in Paris’ Dauphine Gardens
  • Learn about the history of this popular French game from your friendly host
  • Play boules as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand!
  • Discuss strategy with your teammates and try to make a winning move known as faire un carreau
  • Discover the complex rules of the game!

What You Can Expect

Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris

Experience France: Learn How to Play Petanque in Paris

Your introduction to the game of boules starts in the elegant Dauphine Gardens, near Pont Neuf, one of Paris’ most iconic bridges. Meet your host here and learn the rules of the game before joining your teammates so the match can begin!

The game played is called Pétanque, a form of boules where metal balls are thrown from a standing circle toward a wooden ball called a cochonnet. The aim of the game is to knock your opponent’s ball out of the way. The most talented move is faire un carreau -- copying your leading opponent to take his or her place next to the cochonnet.

Similar to British lawn bowling, the popular game is played in towns and villages throughout France and is a sport dear to all French hearts – it’s enjoyed by all no matter how young or old.

In between throws, chat with your teammates and enjoy the game just as the French do – with a glass or two of wine (or a soft drink) and some nibbles. The game lasts roughly 1.5 hours, and you can chat with your host about the history and rules of the game if you wish!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We really enjoyed learning how to play pétanque in a lovely Parisienne park whilst drinking Rose.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Absolutely marvellous. This was the highlight of our trip to Paris. Paul was excellent and made the activity so much fun. Great afternoon learning to play as well as having a glass or two of wine. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend it as a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Felt as though we were playing with a group of friends experiencing the French way of life.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

Rafael, our parisian guide, was as charming and as friendly as could be. We were, however, disappointed because we had expected to learn more about the rules and strategy of the game as outlined in the tour description. It was a very enjoyable experience in a lovely square on a perfect summer evening, but we didn't learn what we were hoping to from the experience.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

Cannot rate this as our guide did not show up at the time or place we were given in the re-confirmation call our hotel made for us. Big disappointment.

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