When summer comes to Paris, so do the makeshift beaches. Lining the Seine, the free beaches pop up by the La Villette canal and in the Parc Rives de Seine, a pedestrianized green space which lines a large part of the river banks. The beaches, officially called Paris Plages, are complete with parasols, sand, and palm trees — you might even mistake it for the Riviera.
There are activities for adults and children alike: La Villette accommodates water sports and bathing in addition to family-friendly workshops for kids, board games, books, exhibitions, and sport-related activities thanks to Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Along the Seine, one can enjoy the sunshine and then cool off at one of the ice cream or refreshment kiosks. The beaches will be open until September 1st.
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