Paris Plages beach festival
Every summer for 30 days, the banks of the River Seine and the lakeside at la Villette basin are transformed into a unique beach resort. Involving thousands of tonnes of sand, some 350 deck chairs, 250 beach umbrellas, 40 hammocks, 50 palm trees and dozens of other trees.
Paris Plages is a chance for Parisians to feel like they are on holiday, and for visitors to see Paris in a whole new light. People come along to have fun or relax, to play pétanque, do their tai chi, jump on the trampoline or play some badminton. Sports enthusiasts can head for the City Hall square for a game of beach volley. You can even attend classes for ballroom dancing or tropical dance. Meanwhile, children are ably catered for with the many playgroups that are organised. And at nightfall, the many nocturnal events take over.