From Tuesday 20th July until Friday 20th August, parts of Paris will once again be transformed into a beach. Trucks and barges have brought the 2000 tonnes of sand in from a quarry in the Paris suburbs, and deckchairs and umbrellas have come out of storage, been dusted down and are now in place!
At weekends expect large crowds along the Seine, but a more relaxed atmosphere on the Quai de Loire near La Villette. At this site you will also be able to get out onto the water too on canoes, pedaloes and even giant floating balls!
Weekends however will also see a series of free concerts in front of the Hotel de Ville organised by the FNAC chain of shops. A full listing of the concerts, including sets from Tricky and Nada Surf can be found here.
For practical information on where the Paris Plages are, opening times and what to expect, click here.