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Paris Plages [2021] – Beach Time in Paris!


2021 France Travel Update


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07/03/21

Every summer in Paris, since 2002, the banks of the Seine River and Bassin de la Villette are invaded by colorful umbrellas, deckchairs, and beach stands. These artificial beaches in Paris known as Paris Plages are the perfect place to hang around with family and friends or drink some rosé wine under the sun.

The main objective of Paris Plages is always the same: to propose a kind of ‘city escape’ for those Parisians who don’t have the means to travel during summer. Since the beginning, the idea was so well accepted by locals and visitors that Paris Plages quickly became one of the top things to do in Paris during the summer. Two years ago, before the pandemic, Paris Plages hit the record of more than 4 million visitors in just one month!

Paris Plages has two main locations: Rives de Seine and the Bassin de la Villette, with a little new addition near the Eiffel Tower. Let’s explore the different sites and the best things to do in Paris Plages 2021, this year from 10 July to 22 August 2021.

DID YOU KNOW? Paris was not the first city to invent this concept (it was the French city of Saint Quentin in 1996) but it was the first international city to propose it. Since then, other European cities followed and today you can find the Paris Plages concept in Berlin, Budapest, Bruxelles, or Metz.

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Paris Plages [2021] – Rives de Seine

From Pont des Arts to Pont de Sully, on the Seine’s Right bank, this is Paris Plages’ fanciest part. Expect to find beach stalls, sunbathing areas, picnic areas but also playgrounds for kids and guinguettes for adults.

Activities open every day from 10 am to 6.30 pm

Top Things to Do in Paris Plages Rives de Seine

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  • Ludomouv’ – games and activities for kids
  • Jardin de Brume – the perfect place for some freshness
  • Shaded relaxation area
  • Altermundi – photo exhibition
  • Baby foot
  • Ice cream stand
  • Library out of the walls – readings for all the ages
  • Pétanque
  • Giant games
  • Paris-Tokyo – photo exhibition
  • La Place sur Seine – cultural, hip-hop space
  • Swedish Gym
  • Batobus stop – hop-on hop-off Seine river tour
  • Space bicycle repair
  • Food & drinks

Paris Plages [2021] – Bassin de la Villette

This part of Paris Plages in northern Paris is more focused on water games, with more choices for kids: water-rollers, paddle boats, electric boats, kayaks. . .

In Bassin de la Villette there is a more relaxed atmosphere, with longer opening times and a more summer holiday feeling.

Activities open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 10 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 00 am.

Top Things to Do in Paris Plages Bassin de la Villette

  • Marin dEau Douce electric boats (no boating license required)
  • Cinema
  • Baby foot
  • Trampolines
  • Kids Club
  • Break Dance lessons
  • Pétanque
  • La Bédéthèque – library of comic strips
  • Tai-Chi, Do-in, Qi-Gong courses
  • La Baignade – swimming and water games
  • Ludomouv’ – games and activities for kids
  • Floating climbing wall
  • Base Nautique – kayak, stand-up paddle, Hawaiian pirogues
  • Food & drinks

Paris Plages [2021] – Trocadéro

We can’t wait to visit this new Paris Plages 2021 site at the Trocadéro (Paris 16), which will be more focused on sports. Thus, from 17 July to 13 September 2021, Trocadéro will be transformed into an XXL outdoor sports complex where locals and visitors will find broadcasts of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the European Basketball Championship as well as an international skateboarding event!

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