Paris Plages ? Paris beaches? Paris is a hundred and twenty five miles from the coast, so how can this be? If you're puzzled, prepare to be enlightened like millions of happy people have been since 2002, when city mayor Bertrand Delanoe inaugurated his brainwave. That year, for the first time, the Georges Pompidou Expressway was closed to traffic and the side of the road covered in 3,000 tons of sand to make Paris' very own Seine-side beach. The idea caught on and now there's three locations in the heart of Paris offering all the fun of the beach just a short distance from the Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel.
From the Louvre to the Pont de Sully; by a man-made lake which links two canals called the Bassin de la Villette; and along a stretch of river near the Port de la Gare station. These are the unlikely but very welcome places where everyone can enjoy a beach holiday in Paris until the 18th August.
There's deckchairs, beach umbrellas, misting fountains and water sports available. Buy an ice cream and relax in the hot French sun, and enjoy a free concert in the evening. Or if you're feeling energetic you can swim in a pool floating on the Seine, try rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules or even take dancing lessons. At the water sports complex you can try your hand at a kayak, dinghy, or pedal boat, aided by instructors, all free of charge. You can even surf, if you wish. Surf the internet, that is, courtesy of the free WiFi available at these locations. A perfect way to relax in the hot Paris summer.
On the left bank of the Seine, within easy access of the major Paris landmarks and just a short stroll from the Eiffel Tower, the Hotel Beaugrenelle Tour Eiffel is the ideal place to relax after a day at the beach. Our staff will be happy to advise you on the best way to reach the Seine-side.