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The famous temporary summer beach by the Seine river banks, the Left Bank and Paris Rives de Seine, as well as the Canal de l’Ourcq, created by the City of Paris in 2002, “Paris Plages” is back, stronger than ever. Once rejected by the locals (too crowded, too popular, too fake and odd), the summer festival is now a can’t-miss rendez-vous as it brings the best activities for all.

Kids and families, party and sport people, art fans, and those who just want to seat in a deckchair, work and their tan and relax will find their groove.

Swin in the Bassin de la Villette!

This year for the first time since its creation in 2002, Paris Plages, will be an artificial sand-free beaches along the river Seine and the canals. Only difference this year: you are allowed to take a dip in the waters of the Bassin de la Villette located on the Quai de la Loire (which links the Canal Saint-Martin and the Canal de l’Ourq in North East Paris. Also three pools will be open daily for free between July 15th and August 15th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What should you expect exactly?

50 palm trees, 550 deckchairs and 450 beach umbrellas, activities for the kids (P’tit vélib, like sandcastle classes, zip-lines and treasure hunts), cruises and water sports (rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies), a farm, restaurants and refreshment areas, foosball and pétanque tournaments, open-air activities like taï-chi classes or wall climbing, photo contests, dancing bals, free book borrowing, pop-up museums by Le Louvre and more.

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When? From July 8th to September 3rd. Open non-stop from 9am to midnight.

Where? The Georges-Pompidou expressway and City Hall square (75004) and the La Villette canal basin (75019)

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When:
From July 8th to September 3rd

Where: Voie Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Metro: Concorde