Throughout the year, numerous events offer the chance to enjoy Paris in a different and new way.
Car free Champs-Elysées
‘The world’s most beautiful avenue’ car free and care free, on every first Sunday in the month!
Since May 2016, people have been able to stroll along a car-free Champs-Elysées on every first Sunday of the month! Take advantage of these days for pedestrians and cyclists, from Place de la Concorde to the Rond-point de l’Etoile, to discover the Champs-Elysées in another way!
The next scheduled dates in 2017: Sunday 7 May, Sunday 4 June, Sunday 2 July, Sunday 6 August.
Find out more about the car free Champs-Elysées:
> Paris.fr / Champs-Elysées piétons
Pedestrian areas all year round:
> Parisinfo.com / Les quartiers piétons : pas de voiture à l’horizon !
Sand, beach umbrellas and seaside activities come to Paris in summertime!
Another way of enjoying the Seine, the La Villette canal basin, or the square of the Hôtel de Ville, from 22 July to 13 August 2017: stroll beneath palm trees, sunbathe on the sand or in a sun lounger, have a drink at a guinguette, and take part in the numerous activities on offer just as though you were at the seaside!
Find out more about Paris Plages:
> Parisinfo.com / Paris Plages
On October 1st, discover Paris without cars!
On 1st October 2017, Paris offers a third edition of its Car Free Day!
From 11am to 6pm cars will not be allowed to circulate in the centre of Paris and in the woods, except for emergency service and rescue vehicles, delivery vehicles, RATP public transport vehicles, taxis and local residents who must travel at speeds under 20 km/h.
For the second time, this event is a unique occasion to see Paris as you have never seen it before! Take a walk, a bicycle, rollerblades or a Segway and go and enjoy a much more tranquil city that is more environmentally friendly, and capture the most beautiful squares and avenues of Paris in photos without cars!
Find out more about fully-pedestrianized areas:
> Paris.fr / Journée sans voitures
10 major green spaces open in the daytime and until late evening in summer
In 2016, for the first time, 10 major green spaces are opening in the daytime and in the evening all summer long!
(Information for 2017 not yet available)
So you’d like the picnic to go on and on … or you fancy a late night walk in the cool? In July and August 2016, 10 parks and gardens adapt to the rhythm of summer lifestyle and stay open late every day.
Parks, gardens and green spaces open 7/7 and 24/24: Square Louis-XIII (4th), Jardins des Grands-Explorateurs Marco-Polo et Cavelier-de-la-Salle (6th), Parc Kellermann (13th), Parc Montsouris (14th), Parc André-Citroën (15th), Pelouses d’Auteuil (16th) only outside horse racing periods, Parc Martin-Luther-King (17th), Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (19th), Square Séverine (20th).
Find out more about green spaces open late at night:
> Paris.fr / Profitez des parcs et jardins en nocturne
The 450 parks and gardens in Paris:
> Parisinfo.com / Paris vert
The 'Paris Eco Walks' application
Paris City Council's app, 'Paris Eco Walks', enables you to discover districts that are green and which have lots of charm and character, on foot and in total freedom.
This free app, available in French and English, presents itineraries to visit lively neighbourhoods, new urban developments, and wild or cultivated green areas. You will even be able to observe rare or more common animals and plants! Explore Paris on these urban walks.
You can get a preview in images of each walk, visualize the itinerary on a map, read illustrated content and listen to the audio guide. You can enjoy the walks at your own rhythm, save your favourites, share different sections, post photos, etc.