The novel notion started by ground-breaking former Leftist mayor Bertrand Delanoë that stops traffic and turns sections of Paris‘ Seine-side streets into beaches ever summer is back for the 13th time running next Saturday
For almost a month, visitors to the French capital will find an impressively large chunk of coastal chic by the Seine, with sun loungers for the lazy and plenty of seaside activities for children and adults alike.
Beach volleyball, Tai Chi sessions and dance workshops are amongst the activities proposed again this summer during Paris-Plage season, as well as the more traditional French sports such as baby-foot (table soccer) and pétanque.
In the Bassin de la Villette (Villette Canal Basin) to the north-west of the city centre, the major regular sporting activities will be taking place, with stunt cycle tracks on land and the buildings running alongside the water given over to dance lessons.
On the water, a large seaside base will be devoted to renting out electric boats, pedal-boats and kayaks, rowing and roller-tubes (inflatable spheres for walking on water). A zip-line will link the two banks of the Bassin and surf simulator will be installed on the Quai de Seine.
The Mairie of Paris confirmed that last year, Paris Plages achieved record attendance figures since it first became a reality in 2002, without revealing precisely what those figures were.
– 5,000 tonnes of sand will be installed on Voie Georges-Pompidou to create an artificial beach.
– 4 nights and 4 days of setting-up to put Paris Plages in place.
– 2.8km of the Voie Georges-Pompidou are being revamped.
– 1km of quays are being equipped for the “sports beach” at the Bassin de la Villette.
– 450 parasols keeping 800 sun loungers in the shade.
– 50 palm trees and 80 other trees will decorate the beaches
– 20 boats will offer beach-goers trips in the Bassin de la Villette
– 20 pedal boats await the holiday-makers by the Seine
– 4 ice-cream stalls will keep visitors cool.