Life’s a beach in Paris

July 20th until August 21st 2016

“If the people can’t get to the beach, then the beach will come to the people!”

Declared someone quite important in Paris, 13 years ago! No sooner had the words been uttered, arrangements were being made to ship buckets of golden sand into the city to create a ‘Paris beach’ over the summer months.  From July 20th, you, your offspring, friends and family can pack your smalls, beach towel and sunscreen and set off for the sandy banks of the River Seine!

Given that this is Paris, importing 5,000 tonnes of le sable (sand), does not a beach make! So unsurprisingly the city has bought in deck chairs, ice cream vans, sun-loungers, parasols and sprinklers to give you a real beachy feel.

As one would expect from the French ‘nobody does it better’ capital citythere will be full on entertainment including; concerts, board games, mini playgrounds for les enfants, kayaking, sailing, Tai-Chi….. Is there any need to leave Paris at all?

If the City of Paris has made this ‘coast to the city’ concept just too tempting for words – then here is all you need to know about les Paris Plages!

  1. It’s FREE. Oui! Gratuit, No Tax, Nada, Ziltch, No cost, Pas de monnaie!
  2. They are open from 8am in the morning until midnight!
  3. You have one month to get city sand under your feet. It’s all over August 20!
  4. There are three places you can go in the city, armed with your bucket and spade.

Hotel de Ville

Paris Plage

Free Concert from July 20- July 23

Beach Volleyball from July 28 until August 15

Voie Pompidou

Paris Plages Metro: Louvre-Rivoli station (line 1), bridge-nine (line 7),  Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hotel de Ville (lines 1, 11),  saint-paul ( line 1), bridge and boiler sully-Westmorland (line 7). RER: Châtelet-les-Halles (lines A, B, d). or Bus: 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 75, 76,  81, 87, 24, 27, 81 and 96 accessible to PRM. • Batobus: Hotel de Ville station.

Bassin de la Villette

DSC00735 Metro: Jaurès stations (lines 2, 5, 7a), Crimea (line 7), Laumière (line 5). • Bus: lines 54 and 48.

Head to a Les Paris Plages for the summer, for a coastal vibe by the River Seine and get there early.

Just one question! Where the heck are the Palm Trees?

Check out out top 50 ideas for this Summer in Paris, top 10 outdoor pools and top ten picnic spots to make the most out of Paris this Summer.

Bon vacance

Love MLP

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