Grand Paris takes to water !

For locals and sightseers, Grand Paris is already a real project to be visited by the public transport network with links that will take you beyond central Paris. Grand Paris is preparing once again for the summer festival where free sandy beaches, activities on water and dance floors are set up along Canal de L’Ourcq, La Seine, la Marne and Canal Saint-Denis…

Canal St Denis : summer activities

La Seine, La Marne and the parisian canals come together to offer locals and tourists the opportunity to enjoy a variety of amazing events such as cultural events, creative leisure activities, relaxation zone, and exploration on water... More than 200 cruises and 80,000 passengers are expected in Paris, Seine Saint Denis, Val de Marne and Hauts de Seine.

Water, the essential element of Grand Paris, connects territories and brings locals and visitors together. Beyond conventional circuits and cruises, all waterways across the city show emerging possibilities as a place of life with regards to the potential they offer for discovery, relaxation and entertainment. On water or on the banks, many events offer an unusual perspective on Grand Paris cities and a great opportunity to discover the diversity of its landscapes.

Grand Paris canals devoted to festivals

Summer on Canal de L’Ourcq

Throughout the summer, activities and entertainment are proposed along Canal de L’ourcq and several cities from Paris to Aulnay sous Bois. For those who want to loll along the waterways a bit longer, a handfull of river shuttles are proposed every weekend for 1¤ or 2¤. Cruise boat shuttles will leave from Bassin de la Villette. Or relish outdoor dancing as many free balls and concerts are free on the banks of the canal. Enjoy street art which will be created directly on the banks and towns.

Music on Canal Saint Denis

Enjoy once more concerts and activities which will take place on the outskirts of the town on the banks of Canal Saint Denis. Cruises make it easier to explore both 6B and Fabriques des rêves, these charming spots during the summer months. Locals and tourists will be able to discover or rediscover the key most visited sites in the Seine Saint Denis territory: The not-to-be-missed, Basilica of Saint Denis and Stade de France.

Summer city-beaches and free entertainment

Paris-Plages- a sand-beach-in-the-city installation

Tons of white sand, free access to chaises-longues, open-air concerts and picnics; this is Paris-Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Every year for fourteen years now, tons of white sand and dozens of palm trees are trucked into the city to transform a two-mile stretch of Parisian waterways to create a summer holiday resort oasis with water fountains and lounge chairs for locals and visitors. A variety of activities such as dance lessons, “boules” games, volley-ball, trampoline, roller-blading, games and concerts are offered for a great summer touch. All of these summer beach installations in Paris and the north-east of Paris have several security zones and refreshment areas as well as toilet and baby changing facilities.

Parc de la Villette

Crossed by Canal de L’Ourcq, Parc de la Villette is not so run-of-the-mill - the place rocks! It features all the advantages of off-the beaten-track outdoor summer activities for locals and visitors. Catch up with one of the international selections of movies on the giant screen in the park or dance to the beat of an open-air festival “scénes d’été” of rock, pop and electronic music in park de la Villette, which straddles two canals. Enjoy the exhibitions and entertainment in la Villette.

Watersports and Parisian waterways and river cruises

Paris Seine Sightseeing cruises

Just like every summer, cruises are the summertime favorite river Seine activities in Paris: the sightseeing cruise on the River Seine. Treat yourself to the Hauts de Seine Tourism board cruise options. Each tour offers you the chance to discover various themes on the Parisian territories:  marvel at the art cruise, feel the magic of the historical cruise or sit back and enjoy the bucolic scenery of the beauty of the Seine and its tributaries.

Val de Marne Tourist Board showcase «Festival de l'Oh! » on the River Seine

On June, Val de Marne tourist board aims to showcase the Festival de L’Oh on the River Seine as a tourist product. Festival de L’Oh, organized in Ile de France on the River Seine all the way to Paris. The events include activities of an artistic nature with plenty of lively cultural performances all along the canal. The festival hosts events over two days: summer activities and entertainment, cultural displays, live theatre, cruises, concerts, watersports and activities along the banks. On this occasion, Val de Marne tourist Board will offer lively commented boat cruises to locals and visitors. To enjoy these cruises, embark at Paris, Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, Orly and Villeneuve-Saint-George.

Cruises on the River Marne!

Opt for cruises to enjoy the beauty of the river Seine and its triburary, the River Marne. It is possible to avail of low fee cruises with  Passeurs de Marne, Passeur de Rives,  which takes places every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from July to September. It is an ideal not-to-be-missed entertainment drawing Parisians, tourists and their families on the glittering waters of the Marne.

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