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 18 July to 30 August, 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 organized on the Right Bank of the Seine, this year’s event is being held in the Parc Rives de Seine, on the Quai de Loire and Quai de Seine at the Bassin de la Villette, as well as on the esplanade of City Hall. As the summer season promises to be sunnier than ever, Paris rolls out its seaside charm whilst respecting the infection prevention and health measures currently in force!
For the safety of everyone, wearing a mask is recommended and stickers on the ground indicate the physical distances to be maintained. Four sanitary points on the banks of the Seine and three on the Villette canal basin have been installed for people to wash their hands. Plus, hand sanitizer gel is available at each activity and distributed by staff throughout the day. Sinks are also accessible to all. Please note that COVID-19 tests are available without appointment in the Villages Santé Secours (healthcare assistance) of Paris Plages.
Where to go and what to do at Paris Plages in 2020
Parc Rives de Seine
In 2020, Paris Plages is making a return to the Parc Rives de Seine. 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 des Arts to Pont de Sully 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!
The Ludomouv’, off-site libraries, offer loans of books and comic books, as well as big games, table football, mini golf and misters enable kids to have fun and keep cool. Shows by performing arts centre ‘Faun’ animate the Théâtre du Châtelet workshops at the foot of the Sully Bridge with circus, theatre and dance for young and old. And to keep adults busy, tai chi classes,petanque or introductory sessions to first aid are organized.
La Villette Canal Basin
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 8.30pm in 2-hour shifts, i.e. from 11am to 1pm, then from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, then from 4pm to 6pm, and finally from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Plenty of activities are being offered around the canal, such as canoeing, a zip line, table footballs or off-site libraries with comic-book loans. For children, there are play areas, a children's club and ludomouv'. While for adults, energy art classes and introductory sessions to first aid are organized.
For kids and grown-ups, the Théâtre du Châtelet offers introductory workshops to African percussion and ‘seed bomb’-making workshops to entertain all the family between 24 and 30 August 2020. Plus, the association Clichés Urbains has a special activity at Paris Plages, between 19 and 23 August 2020, consisting of creating living postcards, with a printed card to take away at the end of the activity.
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.
What’s more there is not only Parc Rives de Seine and the Villette canal basin! There is now swimming at 3 sports centre pools Léo Lagrange in the 12th, Carpentier in the 13th and Louis Lumière in the 20th.