Stroll and lunch in Bois de la Bâtie
Do you ever explore Geneva outskirts? I am talking about the small communes that are not too far away from the centre. They have the kind of countryside touch and atmosphere without being quite the country yet. Do the names Lancy, Bernex, Onex, and Cartigny ring a bell? You can just hop on a train or a bus/tram and have a nice little stroll around.
The closest and most accessible path is probably in Les Bois de la Bâtie, in Petit-Lancy. You can start your walk up from the route des Péniches (near Jonction). You’ll get a nice view on the Arve and all of Geneva on a sunny day. In this cold weather you’ll see stalactites on the rocks. You’ll probably also see many joggers. It’s a nice quiet little forest. If you have kids the animal park there will delight them: birds of all kinds, marmots, mountain sheep, goats and hares expect you. If you are looking for peace and quiet the forest and stream setting will certainly do! The visit is free as well.
If you want to have a good lunch, I would recommend Café de la Tour, which offers traditional meals (and yes it is open on Sunday so make sure to book: 022 793 98 18. Chemin de la Bâtie 32). They have lots of choice for omelettes and meat (if you’ve ever wanted to try horse steak, it might be a good place to do so). They also offer a vegetarian menu and a kid’s menu so everyone will be happy.
If you want to walk a lot more, you can go all the way to La Plaine from there. You’ll pass near the Evaux centre, head to Loëx, Le Lignon, Vernier, Chèvres for a nice stroll along the Rhône. Châtillon, Cartigny and Avully will also be on the way. It’s a 5 hour long walk. You can take the train back to Geneva from La Plaine. Just follow the yellow pedestrian signs.
If you prefer to enjoy an afternoon inside, head to La Barje to dance. Snacks and music for all ages from 3:30pm. (Rue de la Coulouvrenière 26. Place des Volontaires, Jonction)