Lonely Planet Writer

Fancy a beach by the Seine?

Every summer, Parisians get to have a beach party on their doorstep with 'Paris Plages'. If you're heading to Paris around August and September, you might want to pack your couture cossie. Here's an excerpt from our latest Paris city guide to get you in the know:

'Initiated in 2002, ‘Paris Beach’ is one of the most inspired and successful city recreational events in the world. Across four weeks, from mid-July to mid-August, two waterfront areas with different themes are transformed into sand and pebble ‘beaches’, complete with sun beds, beach umbrellas, atomisers, lounge chairs and palm trees.

They make up the 1.5km-long stretch along the Right Bank embankment (Voie Georges Pompidou) from the Pont Neuf (metro Pont Neuf ) in the 1er to the Pont de Sully (metro Sully Morland) in the 4e, with a tropical feel to it; and a kilometre or so along the Bassin de la Villette in the 19e from the Rotonde de la Villette (metro Jaurès) to Rue de Crimée (metro Crimée), devoted to boating and other water sports. The beaches are open from 8am to midnight daily.'

Have you been to Paris Plages? Or have you discovered something similar in another city? Tell us all about it!