Paris in the summertime: gay, lively & fun
July and August is very much the holiday season in Paris, with locals leaving the city in their droves to spend a few weeks at their countryside cottages. However for those Parisians that do stay, and of course the tourists like ourselves, there’s a fantastic treat in store – Paris Plages, a number of man-made urban beaches that appear on the banks of the Seine and bring a whole host of cultural events to the city.
Stretching from the Tulleries to the Pont d’Arcole, these beaches feature sunloungers, parasols and plenty of sand on which to sunbathe or build a sandcastle. Whether you arrive to Paris by train or plane, the city can be quite lively and fun in the summer. Maybe that’s because all the stereotypically obnoxious locals aren’t there to annoy the tourists. There’s plenty of action on the Seine itself, with boats, canoes and ‘tube rollers’ to enjoy.
Sun, Sand and Sports
Many exciting events take place throughout the days of Paris Plages too, such as live, free concerts, big-screen broadcasts of the Olympics, a mini Olympic village and even treasure hunts and dance shows, so you’ll never be short of something unusual to do.
The events begin on July 20th and run until August 19th, so if you’re thinking of snapping up cheap flights, check out airlines like Jet2.com for prices as low as £21.99 from the UK including taxes.
Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit!