Did you dream about it? The beach is coming back to Paris from July 8th to September 3rd. From the Solférino Bridge to the Alexandre III Bridge on the left bank, and from the Sully Bridge to the Pont Neuf on the right bank, not forgetting the Bassin de la Villette, Paris Plage will delight young and old throughout the summer! The program includes a variety of free activities: pétanque, paddleboarding, an outdoor library, not to mention martial arts classes or life-size board games... Here's a recap of the coolest spots.
The New Swimming Area
In the 19th arrondissement, a giant swimming area has just been set up for the enjoyment of both young and old. Yes, the 3 pools have been designed for everyone, with different depths. No need to struggle with the towel changing method anymore, as bungalows will allow all swimmers to change into their finest swimwear for a dip.
After a refreshing swim, showers are also available. And to top it off, treat yourself to an ice cream or a cool drink before heading out.
Opening hours: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Access from Quai de la Loire on the left bank of Bassin de la Villette, downstream from the Moselle Footbridge (Metro: Riquet on line 7, Laumière on line 5, Bus: Riquet 54) © Ville de Paris
This year, there are plenty of options when it comes to water sports. For a canoeing or kayaking session, head to Parc Rives de Seine, put on a helmet, and paddle away at full speed. Looking for something more unique? This year, Paris Plage has chosen the theme of French Polynesia, so you can navigate small canoes not only in the Bassin de la Villette but also in other areas! It will also be possible to do paddleboarding, pedal boating, water biking, and for children, take a little boat ride. All of this will take place at the temporary marina formed by a set of pontoons.
Canoeing and Kayaking: Sundays from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM. Parc Rives de Seine, right bank, Bras Marie, 68-74 Quai de la Rapée, Paris 12th. Canoes, paddleboards, pedal boats, water bikes, children's boats: daily from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Villette Quai de Loire, Paris 19th.
Participants must be at least 15 years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult and know how to swim. © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat and Ville de Paris
Outdoor Sports Classes
Get moving by dancing, doing fitness, and yoga while following the coolest choreographies. Swedish gymnastics combines all of that into one. You can come to strengthen your muscles and, above all, do cardio with stretching in a 100% cool atmosphere, alone or with friends. It's the sport that even the laziest people enjoy. Remember to bring a water bottle. Additionally, you can attend energetic arts classes like tai chi at the foot of the Pont Neuf! And for those who want to take up running, coaching sessions are available every Sunday near the Pont Louis-Philippe to become a budding runner and be ready for the back-to-school season.
Swedish gymnastics classes: Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Mondays from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM near the Pont de Sully. Tai chi classes: daily from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the foot of the Pont Neuf. Running coaching: every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM near the Pont Louis-Philippe. © Ville de Paris and Eric Bery
Giant Games and Pétanque
Did you play checkers throughout your childhood? Now is the time to introduce your children to the most iconic board games. The meeting is set, don't forget to bring an ID to collect game pieces and dice. Let the game begin! For a bit more competition, head to one of the 6 pétanque courts and give it your all to win the game! Alternatively, you'll find 14 football players for a crazy foosball game under the Pont Notre-Dame. Choose your team wisely to ensure victory.
Foosball: daily from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM under the Pont Notre-Dame. 6 pétanque courts: daily from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the foot of the Pont Louis-Philippe. Giant games: daily from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Square Federico Garcia-Lorca, Voie Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th. © Ville de Paris
Every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, dance will take center stage this year at the Bassin de la Villette. Between salsa and reggaeton, you'll be spinning around thanks to the instructors who will be there to teach you the steps! You can also enjoy hip-hop and traditional Polynesian musical shows. Get ready for lively mornings to become the king or queen of the dance floor...
Dance classes: Wednesday to Saturday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bassin de la Villette, Paris 19th. © Ville de Paris and Dominique Dugay