Located in the 10th, 11th and 19th arrondissements, the Canal Saint-Martin connects the Bassin de la Villette to the Port de l'Arsenal near the Place de la Bastille. A stroll along the banks of this picturesque waterway presents the opportunity to explore another facet of Parisian life.
The Canal Saint-Martin on foot or by bike
The 4.5 km length of the Canal Saint-Martin offers one of the most delightful walks in old Paris. Basins, locks, tunnels, swing bridges and cast-iron footbridges all add to the considerable appeal of this canal constructed in the first quarter of the 19th century on the orders of Napoleon. Sections of the canal’s banks are closed to traffic every Sunday and during public holidays throughout the year. This is a place where the capital's past and present dwell in perfect harmony; 19th century engineering alongside trendy bistros and attractive shops. Some parts you’ll recognise from the films of Marcel Carné. On sunny days, the banks are occupied by Parisians looking to enjoy a picnic or an aperitif. It’s a fashionable area and a hub for nightlife. Restaurant terraces and concert and exhibition venues thrive in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
A pleasure boat artery
The Canal Saint-Martin was originally built to bring fresh water into the city and facilitate the movement of goods. Today, 363 days of the year, it’s available for pleasure boat tours. Cruises lasting 2 ½ hours are offered on a regular basis, giving you the opportunity to enjoy such experiences as passing under the mysterious vault of the Bastille and gliding gently past the Parc de la Villette. Take a romantic ride on the water, see how the surrounding architecture changes from one arrondissement to another and watch Parisian life as you drift by.
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