Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Other Paris Plages

It is difficult to miss the artificial beach alongside the Seine during July and August, but the other beaches dotted around the city are sometimes more difficult to find. Spotlight here on places to swim and places to just chill out!

Puteaux en Plage

Paris Plages is an admirable annual event, with an impressive range of activities, but most people will tell you that there are two things wrong with it. Firstly the beaches are filled with too many people, and secondly it’s frustrating to not be able to cool off and have a swim. There is a ‘beach’ though on the outskirts of the city where both of these problems are addressed. The “île de Puteaux” near La Defense will host Puteaux en Plage from July 3rd to August 8th, with the now traditional imported sand and rows of sun loungers, but it will also offer two additional features; a bit of extra space and an Olympic sized swimming pool!

More information here: http://www.mairie-puteaux.fr/index.php?id=122&actu_id=1801

Beaches in the evening – and at night!

Several bars around Paris have created temporary ‘beach’ installations to celebrate summer in the city. Perhaps the most impressive is La Plage which is situated alongside the Glaz'Art venue in the 19th arrondissement near La Villette. Open until September 27th, the beach is the perfect weekend destination offering concerts and DJs until 1am from Wednesday to Saturday, with a capacity for up to 1500 people!

Another venue to try out is the Quais by the Batofar alongside the Seine near the Bibliothèque nationale. This 'beach' may lack sand, but the relaxed environment, deckchairs and umbrellas, as well as the riverside setting will make you feel like you are by the sea when the sun goes down! Expect live concerts and DJs most nights as well as a restaurant which has had very good reviews recently.

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