The Beach Is Back: Paris Plages Returns for Summer 2016

Who needs the seaside when you can be Seine side? Get your beach bod out in the city this summer because after a long sweaty wait and some ridiculously hot June weather, Paris Plages is back on July 18th!

Since 2002 the City of Paris has gifted residents with these artificial beaches along the Seine to try and take the edge of the awful August heat and offer a solace from the bumbag-toting tourists. The scheme has grown since then and now includes three spots – Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette – as well as extra features and amenities.

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As always, theres a packed schedule of activities around the beaches too including complimentary concerts, beach volleyball, dance parties, ice cream carts, lending libraries and even tai chi classes to help you access that inner zen.

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The beaches are open every day from 9am until midnight, with the 3km-long Louvre beach tending to be the busiest and most popular being located in the centre of Paris. Here you can find deckchairs and parasols to relax under, fountains and mini-pools to cool off in and loads of snack and drinks bars to keep you refreshed.

Meanwhile at Bassin de la Villette in the 19th (near Jaurès) water spots and boating is on the menu, with everything from sailboats to canoes available to rent for free.

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And while you may feel like your in Biarritz, please remember that topless sunbathing and swimming in the Seine are not permitted…

Paris Plages is open from July 18th until August 21st, 9am to midnight. Entry is free. 

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