A Beach in Paris? July Means It’s Time for Paris-Plages!

A Beach in Paris? July Means It’s Time for Paris-Plages!

This summer, an annual Parisian tradition is coming back better than ever as an event called Paris-Plages (Paris Beaches) comes to the City of Light. Every July and August, as many Parisians leave the city for holdiay, those who stay can still enjoy the beach by heading to the banks of the Seine — which are outfitted with sandy areas and tons of activities.

This is the 12th edition of the now iconic event on the Seine, and it is joined by a parallel beach event at the Canal de l’Ourcq. Both of these bodies of water will offer city dwellers a welcome respite from the heat with sand, deckchairs and games. Visitors can therefore enjoy numerous activities such as the French game petanque, canoeing, rowing, electric boats and giant balls that roll on the water — just to name a few.

Other activities include mini golf, dirt and BMX biking, zip lining, table football and tai chi. No matter what kind of sport or game they might prefer, Paris-Plages will have something to entertain all guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg.

For those who seek an educational experience, there are a number of events planned. For example, the scientific museum Universcience will be present with its laboratory of experiments, allowing spectators of all ages to discover some of the wonders of science. Amateur gardeners can join in on a special workshop revolving around the topic of fruit, which is also on the agenda.

The 15th through the 17th of August, at 9 p.m., a show called ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’ will delight audiences who happen to be near of area of La Villette. The show will be performed on a houseboat, with the audience watching from the banks of the water.

Going from July 20 until August 18, 2013, Paris-Plages gives summer visitors the chance to discover the sunny side of Paris with a myriad of beach and water activities right in the center of the city.