If you’re looking to get up and go, head toward the Deûle. Sitting on Lille’s western side, this river and the pathway you can take along it gives you a little taste of everything.
Not only does the path take you past Lille’s zoo, where you can see the monkeys swinging around on their island, but also winds its way through the Citadel. The Citadel itself is only open several days a year as it is a military headquarters, but you can still walk the “Voie des Combattants.” A great way to see how impressive the building was and understand why it is considered one of Vauban’s masterpieces!
Anything goes here when it comes to transportation. You’ll see kayakers and paddleboarders on the river, training for races or just having fun.
This is one of my favorite places to go for a run, and I’m joined by a huge part of Lille’s (rather fit) population in doing so. Once you get far enough into the park, there are outdoor gym stations every few hundred yards. You can work on your fitness any way you want!
Of course, what would a Sunday afternoon in France be without bikes? Grab a bike from the V’Lille (Lille’s city bike system) station at the Jardin Vauban entrance to the path, and enjoy all of the park’s hidden winding pathways.