Every summer, the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette of Paris are transformed into a beach.
Paris turns into a beach !
Want to read a book on a deckchair by the water ? No need to travel miles : from the month of July, Paris turns into a beach ! Born in 2002, the Paris Plages event offers free relaxation and leisure areas to Parisians and visitors during the heat of summer. Fresh lawns, parasols, deckchairs, palm trees, cultural and sporting activities, but also swimming: everything is there to cool off and enjoy sunny days. Formerly only organized on the right bank of the Seine, the event now extends to the Parc Rives de Seine, on the Quai de Loire and on the Quai de Seine in the Bassin de la Villette. As the summer season promises to be sunnier than ever, Paris is unfolding its seaside charm.
Paris beach on the right bank
From the Pont des Arts to the Pont de Sully on the right bank, the Parc Rives de Seine offers exceptional views of the historic monuments of Paris, such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay. During Paris Plages (Paris beach), strollers can sit on the many lawns and wooden terraces to enjoy an exceptional and atypical setting, between palm trees and parasols. Seaside atmosphere guaranteed ! The BHML (libraries outside the walls) with loans of books and comics as well as giant games, table football and misters allow the youngest to have fun while staying cool. And to keep adults busy, tai-chi, do-in, pétanque lessons and even life-saving initiations are organised.
At the Bassin de la Villette
In the 19th arrondissement, take advantage of the giant Paris Plages bathing area! Located on the Quai de Loire of the Canal de l’Ourcq, it is made up of 3 pools of different depths to suit both accompanied children, people with reduced mobility, and amateur or experienced swimmers. Around the canal, many activities are offered, canoeing, kayaking polo, stand up paddle, pedal boats, pedalo bikes, table footballs, tai chi practice… or even libraries outside the walls with loans of comics. For children from 3 to 7 years old, the Ludo Plages offer trampoline and entertainment. While adults can learn breakdance, ballroom dancing… On the quay, bungalows, showers and toilets allow everyone to put on their swimming outfit, and to cool off, refreshment bars and ice cream parlors await visitors in search of freshness.
Opening of the beaches: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-midnight