Paris Plage 2019: La Villette and its free pools are back

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Published by Raphael R. · Published on 26 August 2019 at 10h00
It's official, Bassin de la Villette is back for Paris Plages 2019! We will enjoy summer with 3 basins of different depths set within the Bassin de la Villette by the Quai de la Loire. Swim to relax or to work out, in a summery atmosphere. The pool will be open from 12 p.m. to midnight for free… The basins opening is scheduled on July 6, 2019!

Are you ready to swim in the Bassin de la Villette? You will be delighted to know that Paris' biggest artificial lake is said to be back for summer 2019.

Launched in 2017, this swimming area is a whole symbol: a sign of water clean-up, as well as an invitation for the Olympics 2024 (that Paris has won!)

Yes, it sounds weird to say we can swim in a canal in Paris, but thinking about it, Parisians used to spend their summery Sundays in the water back in 1920...

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For safety issues, the pool will not be marked out by floating wooden boards but will be “equipped with an immersed bottom, linked to pontoons thanks to a frame on which nests will be attached, so it will prevent from immersed objects to pass”. Swimming will be secured and the water quality will be assessed daily to ensure everyone's health.

Open from July 6, the Bassin de la Villette will feature 3 pools:

  • A 1.20-m deep pool for amateur swimmers
  • A 2-m deep pool for experience swimmers wishing to improve their swimming style
  • A 40-cm deep paddling’s pool for accompanied children

This pool built as part of the “Nager à Paris” (swimming in Paris) project will offer a secured swimming session for free, just like it used to be 60 years ago. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 300 people can come at the same time (including persons with reduced mobility) so that everyone can make the best of it! In terms of comfort and hygiene, beach cabins, shower stalls and deckchairs will be provided.

Paris Plages is now including this bathing area. This free pool should comfort all those who couldn't enjoy the French beaches and comes to reinforce its summer sporting offering, that already includes canoeing, rowing, “water-rolling”, electric bumper boat and even zip-lining. The Bassin de la Villette will become a temporary outdoor activity center within Paris itself!

Ready to take a dive?

Practical information

Opening Time
From 2 July 2019 to 1 September 2019



    Quai de la Seine
    75019 Paris 19


    Official website

    More informations
    Horaires : tous les jours de 11h à 20h

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