Summer in Paris: sales, Paris Plages and Rock en Seine

Publish on Friday, 1 July 2016
in category What to do in Paris

Whether indulging in a shopping spree, relaxing on the beach or attending a rock festival is your idea of the perfect summer activity, Paris has it covered. The summer sales are a magnet for fashion lovers; the banks of the Seine become sandy beaches for the 2016 edition of the famous Paris Plages; and the Rock en Seine Festival has a lined up a programme of headliners who will rock the French capital.

The summer sales in Paris

From June 22nd to August 2nd, 2016, the summer sales have Paris in a retail frenzy, with a wide range of goods offered at unbeatable prices. Here’s your chance to bring new life to your wardrobe and a new look to your home. With its prestigious position close to department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the Hotel Opera Lafayette is the perfect base from which to launch your assault on the luxury boutiques and major brands outlets of this fashion-forward city. With 6 whole weeks of bargains, there’s plenty of scope for everyone to find their heart’s desire.

Paris Plages, the city becomes a beach resort

For 14 years, the Paris Plages event has transformed the heart of Paris into a beach resort for most of the summer. This year, the festivities are set to launch on July 20th and will run until August 21st, to the delight of dedicated sun-seekers, sandy beach lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, not to mention children of all ages. Many new features are on the agenda this year. The sand filled square in front of the Hôtel de Ville is the venue for a wealth of activities such as free concerts, beach volleyball and rugby tournaments, and film screenings. In the Bassin de la Villette, thrill seekers can whizz along the zip line before taking to the water for kayaking, sailing or rowing. On the Voie Georges Pompidou you can stay in trim with Zumba or tai chi classes. There’s plenty for children to enjoy, too. They can meet farm animals, enjoy water games and even take to the dancefloor. With so much to do, the Parisian summer will be hot in more ways than one!

Rock en Seine, a mega-festival

For three glorious days on the 26th, 27th and 28th August 2016, the Rock en Seine Festival takes place at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud in Paris. Rock on down and share in the friendly ambience of this fun-filled festival. Rock en Seine offers more than 60 concerts on 5 stages to entertain nearly 120,000 fans. World-famous acts such as Massive Attack, Ghinzu, Sigur Rós and Foals will electrify this internationally acclaimed festival, and there’s also the opportunity to discover the music of performers with whom you may not be familiar. One name everyone knows, however, the great Iggy Pop, will close the festival with the songs that made him a legend plus material from his new album. Finish the summer in style in Paris!


Learn more:
La Villette Basin
National Domain of Saint-Cloud


Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Railway station 'Gare du Nord' and Opera area

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