Bassin de la Villette, Paris

4.3
#6 of 9 in Nature in Paris
A man-made lake surrounded by shops and historical buildings, Bassin de la Villette serves as an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. Sunshine, fresh air, and the buzz of pedestrians infuse the shores with energy. Colorful parasols and long stretches of green lawns line either side, tucked below old tree canopies. Inaugurated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, the lake quickly became the setting for many social events. Today, it functions as a hub of art, culture, and science, with cinemas, museums, restaurants, and pubs all within close proximity. The lake itself provides many water-based recreational activities, so consider renting a sailboat or kayak and getting out on the water. Our Paris trip planner makes visiting Bassin de la Villette and other Paris attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The real beach of Paris with lots of activities for children and nice guinguettes. A little holiday air in spite of the world (we're still in Paris!).
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  • it is July and it is very hot (very much) we went to cool off in the pools. Impossible to get in. full of people. the arrival from the subway and during the walk you have to be very attentive... since we saw strange movement, so we NEVER let go of the backpack. We got to some water sprinklers that relieved us a little bit and put our feet in the water. There are bars... a little deshaded but nothing very flashy.
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  • A nice place to walk or just sit on a bench and people watch. There are a number of little restaurants around and the cinemas, sometimes you see people fishing and if the rumors are true there may soon be a swimming area.
  • Nice place to chill in the summer.
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