Paris-Plages brings the beach to the banks of the River Seine

For one month every summer, artificial beaches are installed along the banks of the River Seine and the Bassin de la Villette, bringing the allure of the renowned French shores to the heart of Paris.

Open annually for everyone to enjoy, the main beach runs along a 3.5km strip between the Pont Neuf and the Pont de Sully, with a number of sport and activities taking place to bring the people of Paris together.

Sand, deck chairs and palm trees line the Georges Pompidou highway, while on the square in front of the Hotel de Ville, visitors can enjoy a game of volleyball, rugby or basketball. A number of other activities designed to bring the spirit of the seaside to the vibrant inner city include cycling, tai chi, boules, dance, and even sandcastle workshops for the children.

Cultural highlights taking place along the distance of the beach include a Louvre exhibition based around the River Nile, a Flammarion Bookshops pop-up library and a special event themed around the famous novella, Le Petit Prince.

Those visiting the Bassin de la Villette, which is the largest artificial lake in the entire city, can also enjoy a host of watersports, from sailing and canoeing to paddle boating, while on land visitors can take part in a host of sports from tennis and golf to Frisbee and archery.

With a host of activities to suit everyone, and the sandy beaches bringing the spirit of summer to the banks of the Seine, the Paris-Plages are always worth a visit if you are staying in our boutique hotels in Paris.

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