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From sunning in the sand to kayaking, Paris beaches are your destination in France

Christian Fernsby |
Launched in 2002, Paris Plages is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into full-fledged, pop-up beaches, each with their own distinctive themes and attractions.

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The brainchild of former Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe who was well-known for launching ambitious municipal events, the sprawling beach operation has become a permanent fixture in the Parisian summertime scene.

From sunning in the sand to swimming in pools suspended over the Seine, kayaking, or enjoying free evening concerts, Paris Plage offers activities that everyone will enjoy and is especially ideal if you're visiting Paris with kids.

The 2019 beach operation will be open daily from July 6th through September 1st. Beaches are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to midnight.

This summer, Paris Plages will have three main locations:

The first beach (generally the most popular and crowded) is located on the right bank of the Seine in central Paris, stretching from the Pont Neuf near the Louvre to the Pont de Sully near Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

The second "plage" is a sandy beach along the stretch of the right bank quay known as the "Voie Georges Pompidou."

Finally, heading northeast, the third major beach stretches alongside the picturesque canal known as the "Bassin de la Villette" (near metro Jaures/Stalingrad), in northeastern Paris (19th arrondissement).

All Paris beach sites have been designed to be as accessible as possible to visitors in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Ramps allow easy access to beaches.

Water fountains, swimming pools, and some boats at the Villette site are also accessible.

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