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
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
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.
Photo credit, Erasmus of Paris, courtesy of Flickr
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