One of the secrets of Paris: its beautiful islands
Published on 19 July 2016 in Visit Paris
While the Ile de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis are without a doubt among the most popular sights of any Parisian stay, the City of Light has several less well known islands. These secret islands are treasured and enjoyed by Parisians every day and they make for original and enchanting outings
A trip out of time
The Seine islands are oasis of green away from the traffic and bustle. Recharge your batteries with a walk or jog, or give in to your desires and simply relax on the grass in these unique spaces. Just a short walk from the Platine Hotel, l’île aux Cygnes is a long artificial island that offers a beautiful walk that can be easily accessed from Champs de Mars at the Maison de la Radio. You’ll also discover the art deco architecture and decoration of Bir Hakeim Bridge. A little to the south, discover the different moods of the gardens of de l’île Saint-Germain – unexpected walled gardens, drifts of lavender and so much more.
And surprising discoveries
The little-known islands of Paris are filled with wonderful surprises. For example, the Ile Seguin has been undergoing a process of restructuring since the closure of the Billancourt Renault factories in 1992 and it has been reinvented as a space of future-oriented ecology and culture. This future takes shape before your eyes as you walk; the establishment of gardens and the construction of the cultural centre, an innovative feat of modern architecture designed by Jean Nouvel. Finally, for those who want to know more about these areas both inside and outside the city, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in the fourth arrondissement hosts an exciting exhibition on the Seine islands until October 2nd. Photos, drawings, maps and documents reveal mysteries and previously unknown facts about these intriguing spaces.
Change your perspective on Paris after visiting its secret islands!