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 10 July to 22 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, and, in 2021, in the Trocadero gardens. 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 2021
Parc Rives de Seine
In 2021, Paris Plages is making a return to the Parc Rives de Seine. 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 Notre Dame of Paris cathedral, 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 BHML (off-site libraries) offer loans of books and comic books, as well as big games, table football and misters enable kids to have fun and keep cool. And to keep adults busy, tai chi classes,petanque or introductory sessions to first aid are organized.
Beach opening: daily, 10am-6.30pm
Not to be missed at Paris Plages Rives de Seine
Photo exhibition: Respiration portuaire, every day from 8am to 11pm
La Place sur Seine : this summer 2021 and on Paris Plages Rives de Seine La Place - Centre Culturel Hip Hop proposes a rich program (street art, hip-hop, dance workshop, battle demo, conferences, workshops...)
Photo exhibition: PARIS/TOKYO presented by the Maison européenne de la photographie. A full-length exhibition of 22 pictures by the Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama.
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, kayak polo, stand up paddle, pedal boats, pedal bikes, babyfoots, tai chi... or off-site libraries with comic-book loans. For children aged 3 to 7, the Ludo Plages offer trampolines and activities. While adults can learn breakdancing, ballroom dancing...
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.
Beach opening : Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-midnight
Not to be missed at Paris Plages Bassin de la Villette
Paris sport dimanche : free break dance classes on Sundays from 10 am to noon. Meet at 31 quai de la Seine.
Clichés urbains : a photographic workshop open to all. You compose a living postcard and leave with the printed card.
New for 2021: the Trocadero gardens
A new site has been added to the Paris Plages 2021 programme: the Trocadero gardens. The magnificent gardens facing the Eiffel Tower are dedicated to sport: street basketball competition, broadcasting of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, sports activities...
Not to be missed at Paris Plages Jardins du Trocadéro
The Live of the Games at the Trocadero from 23 July to 8 August (Olympic Games) and then from 2 to 5 September (Paralympic Games) 2021, the public is invited to experience the Tokyo Games for free through numerous activities:
- Noon: opening of the site (at 10:00 am on 23, 27 and 30 July)
- Noon-4pm: live broadcast of the events on a giant screen
- 12pm-7pm: discovery and initiation to Olympic sports
- 4pm: celebration of the medallists returning from the Tokyo Olympic Games
- 7pm: closing of the site
FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup: European 3x3 basketball championships. From 10 to 12 September 2021, from 10am to 10pm. Free entrance.
Woodkid concert: to close the Tokyo Games, the French artist Woodkid will give a special concert on Sunday 8 August from 3 to 4 pm. Free entrance.
Red Bull Paris Conquest : the best skateboarders in the world will meet on a giant skatepark created for the occasion at the Trocadero. From 16 to 18 August, from 3pm to 7pm. Free admission.
Photo exhibition CHAMPIONNES, immersion in women's sport presents the work of 6 European artists on the theme of women's sport.
What’s more there is not only Parc Rives de Seine, the Villette canal basin or the Trocadéro gardens ! There is now swimming at 3 sports centre pools :
Stade Léo Lagrange in the 12th arrondissement: every day from 10am to 12pm, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, from 3pm to 5pm or from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Stade Georges Carpentier in the 13th arrondissement: every day from 10am to 12pm, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, from 3pm to 5pm or from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Porte de Bagnolet sports centre in the 20th arrondissement: every day from 10am to 8pm