In Paris, sailing is actually possible! If you’re looking for an original idea to make the best of sunny days in the French capital, then, make it fast, sailor friends, because we found a very lovely idea to set sail and enjoy the water: license-free boats.
Let’s meet on Band of Boats, a platform to rent boats and where you can discover Marin d’eau douce fleet that took over the Bassin de la Villette. Three types of electric and license-free boats are available for 5, 7 or 11 people and to rent by the hour or the day.
Choose some additional features: aperitif basket, bottle of champagne or wine, game of mölkky or boules, all in all, you have everything you need to make the best of the art de vivre the 19th arrondissement way. Booking is highly recommended! By the way, we advise you to come a bit earlier to enjoy the charming little terrace by the water while waiting for your racing boat!
But before playing the budding Jack Sparrow, you’re told how to use your small boat (yes, it’s always handy). It’s easy as pie: a lever to adjust the speed, turn the engine off or shift into reverse and a wheel to stay on course. You’re also told about the codes to observe to sail safely. Now you’re informed, you can set sail.
On the quiet waters of the Bassin de la Villette, it’s a true procession of smiling faces that the boats start, at the sound of laughter and under the eyes of the passersby walking by the Canal. According to how long you rented your boat, your maritime outing can cover 40km on the Canal de l’Ourcq.
Designated captains exchange some knowing looks while maneuvering. Couples, friends, families, each crew plays the game. Selfies in front of the Rotonde, an appetizer by the water, a game of boules by the canal, we all have our way to enjoy this outing.
In other words, a chill plan to make the best of sunny days in Paris!
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
Marin d'eau douce
37 Quai de la Seine
75019 Paris 19
Métro Jaurès (lignes 2, 5 et 7bis) ou Stalingrad (lignes 2, 5 et 7)
Boules de pétanques ou Mölkky: 5 €
panier repas par personne: 7 €
(Prix minimal de l'heure): 40 €