Urban Beaches: Paris Plages | In about 2 months from now, the right bank of the Seine from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully will be converted into one of the best urban beaches in all of Europe again. Sand gets imported into the area, beach chairs are set up, grass is laid down and boardwalk-style cafes and ice-cream sellers set up shop. When the temperature really soars sprinklers are put out as you wouldn’t want to swim in the Seine (too polluted). Free summertime concerts take place; sporting events are in full swing and Parisians who can’t go on vacation flock to this area to enjoy some sand, sun and relaxation. Entrance to the beach is free and the only thing you will have to worry about is scoring one of the oversized umbrellas to curl up underneath.
The first urban beach in Paris was opened on the banks of the Seine River in 2002 by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë. He wanted to give Parisians who were unable to go on a holiday to the seaside the opportunity to experience the beach right in their own city. The event proved so successful that another urban Paris beach was opened north east of the city center at Bassin de la Vilette in 2007.