Let’s hit the beaches…in Paris

Let’s hit the beaches…in Paris

We will be spending most of our summer in Paris, except for the two weeks we have booked in the South of France. But we won’t be missing out on beaches, because the beaches are coming to Paris! Yes Paris Plages is back in town!

From 20 July to 21  August, we’ll be grabbing our beach towels, flip-flops and slapping on the sunscreen before racing down to the banks of the Seine where we will nab a sun-lounger to soak up the rays.

With temperatures hitting the mid-thirties – this is on my must-do list for Summer in Paris.

And this isn’t just a bit of sand poured on to the embankment, no, no, no, this is the full on beach experience. As well as sun-loungers and parasols there will be pop-up cafes, bars, fountains and mini-pools to cool down in, beach volley-ball, tai-chi and free concerts.

Since 2002, the Mayor’s office in Paris has run Paris Plages a scheme to transform parts of Paris into beaches. The scheme has been such success, visitor numbers have topped four million and continue to grow.

If you are in Paris this summer, and you want to feel the sand between your toes then head to:

Voie Georges Pompidou


Image courtesy of Que Faire A Paris

Lots of things to do at this beach including: tai chi, dancing, table football,  bowling, beach games. The Paris libraries will help you choose a summer read. And when you start sweltering under the summer sun head to the Mist Garden to cool down..

How to get there:

  • Metro: Louvre-Rivoli (line 1), Pont-Neuf (line 7),  Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hotel de Ville (lines 1, 11),  Saint-Paul ( line 1), Pont-Marie et Sully-Westmorland (line 7)
  • RER: Châtelet-les-Halles (lines A, B, D).
  • Bus: 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 75, 76,  81, 87, 24, 27, 81 and 96

Hotel de Ville 

The forecourt of the Paris Town Hall transform into a city centre beach. You will be able to play beach volley ball on the four courts open from 13:00 – 20:00. This beach will play host to the Fnac Live Festival.

How to get there: Hôtel-de-Ville (lines 1, 11)

Basin de Villette


Image courtesy of Que Faire A Paris


At this beach there will be water activities including pedal and electric boats, sailing, rowing, kayaking and kids can get involved with beach games.

How to get there:

  • Metro: Jaurès (lines 2, 5, 7a), Crimea (line 7), Laumière (line 5)
  • Bus: lines 54 and 48.
 The beaches are free, and are open from 09:00 – 00:00.
 Photo credit, Erasmus of Paris, courtesy of Flickr

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    • Tooting Mama
      July 23, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      It’s pretty cool, great if you can’t get to a beach in the summer.

  1. July 21, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    This sounds like a fun idea for a vacation. Kayaking is often a lot of fun.

  2. July 21, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Oh wow this sounds amazing. Will definitely pay a visit if we go!

    • Tooting Mama
      July 21, 2016 / 7:26 am

      Hi yes do, it’s pretty cool and this weekend there are free concerts, then the Tour de France arrives for the final leg – it’s all go here!

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Thank you! I popped down there today to check it out, it looks pretty cool, just what we need in this super hot weather!

  3. July 20, 2016 / 8:33 am

    This sounds really amazing, it’s great that they have this throughout the summer. It would be great to experience for sure! I lile that they have thought of everything for it like mini pools to cool down and pop up cafes. Hope you have an amazing time away.

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    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Thank you, I can’t wait to check the beaches out.

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 8:52 am

      It will be my first time checking out these beaches, I’ll report back!

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Even though the city is pretty much empty, I’m loving summer in the city!

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 8:54 am

      I wish we had this when we were in London, but I think the summers were just a little too unpredictable weather wise.

  4. July 19, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Sorry, hit send comment before I was done!

    I imagine having something like this in Paris will attract a different kind of tourist and also keep a lot of people in the city during the summer.
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    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 9:02 am

      It’s great for tourists arriving in the summer, when Paris is dead as pretty much everyone vacates goes on their hols, and for residents who can’t get away, it’s bit of a win, win.

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thank you, I can’t wait to check the beaches out.

    • Tooting Mama
      July 20, 2016 / 9:05 am

      Oh you should make a trip, there’s so much to do here, lots of great stuff for kids (or just grown ups!).

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