Bassin de La Villette

Bassin de la Villette

In the western part of Paris, there is the beautiful artificial canal Bassin de La Villette, which continues for almost 5 km along the Canal Saint-Martin to the Seine. It creates a natural line of promenades, cafés, outdoor seating and parks away from the tourist action of the historic centre.

La Baignale swimming pool

Certainly one of the most popular spots is the trio of pools, or rather the extended promenade into the water allowing safe swimming right in the canal. This is one of the most popular summer spots for Parisians.

The pools usually open on 10 July and are open until early September, depending on daylight hours. Entrance is free for all.

Another popular sunbathing spot right on the Seine River is Paris Plages beach.


Choose a hotel right on the canal. The area is great for accommodation with full facilities, the possibility of pleasant evening walks and good metro access.

How to get there

The Bassin de La Villette is easily accessible by public transport.

  • Jaurès station at the southern end of the canal
    • Metro 2 - Nation, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe
    • Metro 5 - Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, République, Bastille, Gare d'Austerlitz, Place d'Italie
    • Metro 7B - Quartier de la Mouzaia
  • Riquet or Crimée station about 250 metres from the middle of the canal
    • Metro 7 - Gare de l'Est, Opera, Palais Royal, Louvre, Chatelet, Hotel de Ville

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