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 6 July to 1 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 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!
Where to go and what to do at Paris Plages in 2019
Parc Rives de Seine
In 2018, 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 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!
Two games libraries, 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, ballroom dancing, energy arts, Swedish gym and petanque.
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 9pm, from 20 July to 09 September.
Plenty of activities are being offered around the canal, such as canoeing, a zip line, draughts, pétanque, chess, board games such as ‘petits chevaux’ (ludo) and ‘jeu de l’oie’, comic book loans, and electronics and robotics workshops with Alpha 1 Pro – a humanoid robot that can replicate human movement.
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.
And there is not only the Parc Rives de Seine and the Bassin de la Villette! People can now go along for a swim in the 3 swimming pools at the sports centres Léo Lagrange in the 12th, Elizabeth in the 14th and Louis Lumière in the 20th. For sports enthusiasts, there will be 4 beach volleyball courts on the square in front of the City Hall from 11 July to 18 August 2019. What’s more, many sports, cultural and aquatic activities are offered every day free of charge.