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Paris Plage: The art of “dolce far niente” mastered to perfection

Paris Plages coastline

In August, Paris smells like sun cream and seagulls, the “far niente” is in the air and the “sea” is one metro stop away – with Paris Plage! Get ready to experience this alternative face of the city – with Sun, Sand and Fun galore!

Paris Plage – a good place for kids

Yes, it’s official! This August, that’s where you will find me! Lying in the sun, enjoying the beach and sipping on the occasional summer cocktail – names and colours may vary! Paris Plage[1], that’s what I’m talking about! 800 meters of beaches, 5000 tons of couscous-colored sands and lots of palm trees and parasols lined along the Seine! No, we are not in Cannes, but still in central Paris.

This is “summer in the city” – just the way I like it!

Look for the poster of the event

But, first of all, what is Paris Plage? It’s a free summer event which transforms a few spots of the capital into full-fledged beaches and offers lots of fun activities to stressed-out office workers and curious tourists alike. The idea of creating this “sea-resort paradise” was meant to relieve the misery of those unfortunate city-dwellers who hadn’t managed to escape Paris for the summer.

A bird’s eye view of the beach

So, just like the old saying goes “If a Parisian won’t come to the Seaside, then the Seaside must go to the Parisian”!

Last year some 230 000 visitors came to enjoy the palm beaches “with a city view”.

Now it’s your turn!

All you need to do is find your spot between the Pont Neuf (1er) and the square of Hotel de Ville Sully (4e) and tan, tan, tan!

The fun under the bridge

If you are an active bather, you can enjoy some dance lessons, tai-chi spaces, climbing walls, pétanque terrains, mini-golf platforms, beach volley courts, pedal boats and floating swimming pools… In short, they have everything your heart desires!

Those who prefer enjoying themselves “in slow motion” can kill some time searching for the deepest palm shadow, counting beer bubbles or mastering the art of criticizing the sand sculptures.

Intellectuals are also welcome, as long as they’re familiar with the concept of an “ephemeral library” (bibliothèque éphémère). This rare species of open-air summer library provides a free holiday read with an unobstructed view of the Seine and the floating bateau-mouches.

Some holiday readers

 For all the music-lovers out there, the beat goes on with some legendary gigs and free concerts.

So, get ready to “rock the boat”!

The happy crowds @ Paris Plages

So, if you happen to be in Paris in August – come one, come all! You’re all invited to the beach party for the 11th birthday of Paris Plage! Don’t bring any presents, just pack your swimsuits and good mood.

See you when you get there!

When:  July 20th – August 19th 

Where: On the Right Bank, between Le Pont Neuf (1er) and Square l’Hôtel de Ville Sully (4e)

Metro stations: Louvre-Rivoli (Line 1), Pont-Neuf (Line 7), Châtelet (Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hôtel-de-Ville (Lines 1, 11)

[1] Paris Beach