Paris Plages

Every summer, the banks of the Seine and the La Villette Canal Basin turn into a seaside resort.

Paris Plages, Quai de La Villette, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

So you’d like to lay back in a sun lounger and read a book by the water’s edge? No need to travel great distances: from 8 July to 3 September, the beach comes to Paris!

Created in 2002, the Paris Plages event offers Parisians and visitors free places to relax and take advantage of leisureactivities during the hot summer days. There are cool lawns, sun umbrellas, deckchairs, palm trees, cultural and sports activities, but also swimming. Everything to cool off and enjoy the sunny weather.

Formerly held only on the right bank of the Seine, the event now extends to the whole of the new Parc Rives de Seine, the Quai de Loire at the La Villette Canal Basin and other sites (including the square in front of the City Hall, the Louis Lumière stadium in the 20th arrondissement, and the Elisabeth Stadium in the 14th). As the summer season promises to be sunnier than ever, Paris rolls out its seaside charm!

Where to go and what to do at Paris Plages in 2017

Parc Rives de Seine

Paris Plages 2017 - Parc Rives de Seine © DR

In 2017, Paris Plages is bigger and better! Originally located only on the Voie Georges Pompidou, sunbeds and towels now extend throughout the Parc Rives de Seine that opened in April of this year (open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day).

From the Pont de Solferino to Pont Alexandre III on the left bank, and from Pont de Sully to Pont Neuf on the right bank, the Parc Rives de Seine offers exceptional views of the historic monuments of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. During Paris Plages, people strolling along the quays can sit on the lawns and wooden terraces to enjoy this unique and unusual setting, of palm trees and sun umbrellas … A seaside atmosphere guaranteed!

A mobile library, book lending, and misters enable children to have fun while keeping cool. And for adults, there is leisure and entertainment with: Tai-chi classes, ballroom dancing, petanque and off-site exhibitions (proposed by the Musée du Louvre and the Musée Galliera).

La Villette Canal Basin

Paris Plages 2017 - Bassins canal de l'Ourcq © Mairie de Paris

Over in the 19th arrondissement, enjoy the huge Paris Plages swimming pools! Located on the Quai de Loire of the Canal de l’Ourcq, the three pools are of different depths to suit both children accompanied by an adult, people with reduced mobility, and swimmers of different abilities. Supervised all day, they are open from 11am to 9pm, from 17 July to mid-September.

Around the canal, a raft of activities is offered, including canoeing, zip-line descents, loans of comics and science workshops.

On the quayside, beach huts, showers and toilets provide facilities for slipping on a swimsuit; and for refreshment, there are 4 kiosks and 2 ice-cream sellers.

The square in front of Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)

Hôtel de Ville de Paris © Thinkstock

The square in front of the City Hall, near to the Parc Rives de Seine, is the third biggest Paris Plages attraction. As every year, it is the scene of many sports activities, with for example the possibility to practice wrestling, and athletics on a track set out for the occasion.

Note: an open-air exhibition is also planned in view of Paris’s 2024 Olympic bid.