PARIS PLAGES: WHEN THE SEINE TURNS INTO A BEACH

​​​Who says Paris doesn’t have a beach? During the summer months, the French capital becomes yet another beach city. This is because the Seine, a quiet, peaceful river during the winter, brings forward its entertaining side when the heat starts to show. Relaxing and sunbathing on a lounger, surrounded by palm trees and beach sand becomes a reality at Paris Plages – idyllic spaces at the shores of the Seine River that are transformed to offer everyone the best vacations.

As you can see, Paris is always a box full of surprises and offers activities for all tastes. Climb aboard one of our Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación​ trains; we will take you to the main destinations in France in the blink of an eye.




An event that is both highly expected and praised by Parisians and visitors alike. The city offers the public a place to spend their summer surrounded by fun and events. Not only does it offer an environment that evokes the seashore, but also a full program filled with water activities, workshops for kids, shows and concerts, outdoor sports, a library, exhibits, a​nd many other things. 

Find out below at which locations you can enjoy this activity program for all audiences.


Parc Rives de Seine



The best way to enjoy the beach in the French capital

Parc Rives de Seine occupies both banks of the Seine River for a total length of 7 kilometers (4.3 mi.). On the right bank, it extends from Pont Neuf to Pont de Sully, while on the left one, from Pont de Solferino to Pont Alexandre III. This vast space will be one of the main locations of Paris Plages and offer different proposals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hammocks, parasols, and palm trees will be ever-present in this setting. The little ones will be able to enjoy a mobile library, while adults may opt to join tai-chi classes, pétanque, exhibitions… and all of this with splendid views of historical monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum or the Musée d'Orsay.


Le Bassin de la Villette



Different nautical activities for those who do not want to sunbathe - Photos from Wikipedia

​It is here where Paris Plages will show its true meaning, since it offers the opportunity to take a dip and participate in all sorts of water sports, such as canoeing, rowing, kayaking, etc. To fight against the heat, there is nothing better than to go for a swim; and this place, located in the Quais district, has all the necessary infrastructure to do so. Its three swimming pools are great for swimmers of all levels.




At Le Bassin de la Villette, you will find several refreshments kiosks and ice cream vendors which are ideal to get refreshments after going for a dive.


Are you planning your summer vacation in Paris? Our Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación high-speed trains connect several Spanish cities with the capital of the neighboring country. You just need to get your swimsuit and tanning lotion ready – we will take care of getting you there.



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