Paris Plages; enjoy a summer break on the banks of the Seine!
Published on 10 July 2019, dans Events
The return of summer brings the return of Paris Plages (Paris Beaches). With palm trees, deckchairs, refreshments, games, sport and concerts, everything is provided to ensure you enjoy this popular celebration of beach culture and the joys of summer on the banks of the Seine.
Growing popularity every summer since 2002
A hugely successful summer phenomenon launched in 2002 by the Mairie de Paris, Paris Plages is now one of the flagship events of the Parisian summer. Every year, from mid-July to the beginning of September, the banks of the Seine between the Pont de Sully and the Pont Neuf, the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville, and the area around the Bassin de la Villette are transformed into joyous seaside-style spaces dedicated to fun, sports and cultural activities for all ages.
More than two months of fun in the sun
The Paris Plages programme includes exhibitions and concerts in unusual places. Pop-up libraries are established in various locations because, as we all know, reading is an essential activity when you hit the beach. Summer also offers a great opportunity to get in trim by partaking in a little light exercise, so Paris Plages has plenty of options for free sporting activities in the heart of the capital. But, above all, summer is a season that invites us to relax. So why not just lie on the loungers provided in the shade of parasols or palm trees?
Take a dip in the Bassin de la Villette
You can swim and take part in water sports in the three bathing pools set up in the Bassin de la Villette, the capital’s largest artificial lake. Pedalos, rowing boats and canoes are at your disposal for a fun time on the water. Various kinds of entertainment are also on hand. If you prefer more sedate activities, there’s boules and table football available.
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Hotel Opéra Vivaldi, a 3-star hotel a few minutes from Opéra Garnier and the Department Stores