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What’s on in Paris this July?

27 June 2016

Attend Bastille Day Fireworks, the Last Stage of Tour de France and Paris Plages in Paris this June

After a few weeks of chilly weather, the sun has finally arrived in Paris. Locals and tourists are enjoying the parks, chatting on terraces with a glass of wine and living the Parisian douceur de vivre the way they should. Summer is just around the corner and so is an outstanding line-up in the City of Light. From the last stage of Tour de France on Avenue des Champs-Elysées to Bastille Day fireworks above the Eiffel Tower and Paris Plages’ sunbeds and sand, you’re guaranteed to spend a busy, exciting trip in Paris this July!

Tour de France: The Final Stage

24th July

For more than a century, Paris and the Champs-Elysées have hosted the last stage of Tour de France, offering an outstanding ending to this three-week competition, its contestants and its loyal spectators – be they watching live or from their sofa. After climbing the Alps’ highest passes, racing against time and cycling 3519 km of France’s steepest roads, the 22 teams competing will cover the last metres of this incredible contest surrounded by the capital’s historical monuments.

They will leave from Chateau de Chantilly, a castle located in the Northern suburbs, and cycle up to the “most beautiful avenue in the world” for a final sprint. Make sure to find a spot next to the arrival point, at the Arc de Triomphe, to cheer on the athletes and discover a new, sporting face of Paris… there’ll be plenty of gifts to grab too, offered by the sponsor cars.

Celebrate Bastille Day the French Way!

14th July

Every 14th July, Paris lights up to celebrate France’s National Day. The tricolour adorns every café, hangs from balconies and decorates public spaces – there’s a celebratory feeling in the air.

In every city and town in the country, fireworks are set off in the centre… and the City of Light is no exception. On the Champs de Mars, just behind the Eiffel Tower, an extraordinary show of lights and sparkles entertains visitors and locals alike – followed by a classical music concert set under the iron monument.

After the show, the fire stations open their annual Fireman’s Ball where hundreds of Parisians gather to dance and have a drink. Each arrondissement hosts its “bal des pompiers”, allowing people to join for free – though they ask for voluntary donations to help improve the station’s conditions.

Get a Tan at Paris Plages

20th July until 21st August

As mentioned many, many times, summer in Paris is a treat. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the parks are bursting with blooming flowers. The only downside is the absence of a seaside as the French capital has no coast. Then again, the City of Light has an ingenious answer: Paris Plages.

For the 14th year in a row, the banks of the River Seine will turn into a beach, being set with sand, sunbeds and parasols and stretching 800 meters. Whether you’re on your own, with your partner or enjoying family holidays, you’ll find activities suitable for every age and occasion. There are volleyball nets and table football for grown-ups, trampolines and sandcastle-building contests for children. Restaurants, bars and food trucks alongside the River Seine will welcome hungry visitors with delicious snacks, meals and drinks.

With Paris Plages, the French capital has become even more ideal for a summer getaway. And Amarante Beau Manoir Hotel is ideally situated just a few minutes’ walk to these venues…  


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