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A group of games in which the objective is to throw or roll heavy balls as close as possible to a small target ball, also called pétanque, lyonnaise, bocce, or bocce volo. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Sports
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Status: approvedPage for proposal



[W] Boules is a collective name for a wide range of games (pétanque, lyonnaise, bocce, and bocce volo) in which the objective is to throw or roll heavy balls (called boules in France, and "bocce" in Italy) as close as possible to a small target ball.

Boules-type games are traditional and popular in France, Italy, Malta and Croatia, and are also popular in some former French colonies. In those countries, boules games are often played in open spaces (town squares and parks) in villages and towns. Dedicated playing areas for boules-type games are typically large, level, rectangular courts made of flattened earth, gravel, or crushed stone, enclosed in wooden rails or back boards.

In the south of France, the word boules is also often used as a synonym for pétanque.

How to Map

This value can be used with the sport tag on nodes node or areas area.


type=* Indicate the type of boules.
DO NOT USE the tag type=*.

Useful Combination

Since this is a non-physical tag it should always be combined with some other (physical) tags, eg:* leisure=track

Type of Boules

Tag the type of boules combined with sport=boules

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Pictogram Example

Boules Pictogram
A pictogram for Boules

Photo Examples