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Paris Plages: Fun in the Sun on the River Seine

Posted by alainaflute on March 23, 2012

Paris has it all: light, romance, art, shopping, architecture, gardens, fountains, and the list goes on. What more could this city possibly want? Well, you and I both know the answer to that is a beach! Or, une plage, rather!

Paris plages édition 2011 (Photo by Hadonos/Wikimedia Commons)

This Parisian summertime tradition began in 2002, and it’s still going strong. This year’s party starts mid-July and includes three points along the River Seine that will be transformed into beachy getaways (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).

Paris Plage 2008 (Photo by Remi Jouan/Wikimedia Commons)

According to, the beach that started it all back in 2002 stretches from the Louvre to Pont de Sully, spanning “three kilometres through historical Paris, and features a swimming pool, concert stage, and open-air attractions (rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules etc.). Refreshment areas, play areas and deckchairs are available for your time out unwinding by the river.”

The newest Paris Plage, Bassin de la Villette was added in 2007. This one “stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (nearest Jaurès Metro station) to the former Magasins Généraux (in Rue de Crimée) and features a proper water-sports complex (with rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies) alongside quaint quay-side restaurants and boules courts.” So, there you have it! About 4 weeks out of the summer, you can enjoy all the luxuries of a Seine-side holiday in the City of Light: swimming, sunning, dining, kayaking, and enjoying la vie en rose.

Pack your bags and grab your passport. We’re heading to the beach!

One Response to “Paris Plages: Fun in the Sun on the River Seine”

  1. Jody said

    I really love this idea! It sounds like so much fun.

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