Take a cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin!
Published on 5 October 2019, dans Visit Paris
The Canal Saint-Martin offers the ideal way to discover Paris from a fresh perspective. While navigating this early 19th century waterway you will enjoy a level of tranquillity you might not expect, contrasting markedly with the dynamism of the capital. During your cruise, you will have the opportunity to admire various beautiful buildings and monuments, some of which may be unfamiliar to you. This exceptional Parisian canal cruise is easily accessible from the Hotel Marais Bastille, so Bon Voyage!
The Canal Saint-Martin offers the promise of a memorable adventure
The canal stretches for 4.55 km through the north-eastern sections of Paris, spanned by various bridges and with its levels regulated by a series of locks that divide the capital’s marina from the Bassin de la Villette. The waterway is lined with pleasantly landscaped banks often occupied by anglers testing their skills on the thriving fish population. You will also see strollers nonchalantly enjoying the scenery or joggers out to get some fresh air and exercise amidst charming surroundings.
A Canal Saint-Martin cruise lasts about 2½ hours, taking you through the heart of a district that has preserved its authenticity and offers a romantic atmosphere. This Parisian adventure will certainly get you off the beaten track, revealing facets of the city that are as unusual as they are beautiful. What’s more, the cruise is accompanied by a commentary to help you better understand the story behind each of the places you see.
Away from or towards the Seine
A trip to the Parc de la Villette is recommended during your stay at the Marais Bastille. The lift bridge at the Rue de Crimée is a must-see that marks the beginning of your cruise. You navigate serenely towards the Recollets lock and then find yourself travelling under the streets of the Bastille before reaching the Port de l’Arsenal lock.
Keep your eyes open during this subterranean stretch of canal because everything there is a source of wonder. The skylights built in the vaults at Temple and Richard-Lenoir create a magical setting in these underground tunnels. The view is as beautiful as the one overlooking the Jardin des Tuileries, Orsay Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral, each of which can be seen from the canal.
It’s also possible to head in the opposite direction, from the Port de l’Arsenal to the Bassin de la Villette. Either way, the fascination of a cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin is equally compelling.
From water to dry land
Why not discover other corners of Paris that are still largely unknown to visitors, including cafes off the beaten track where you can enjoy a revivifying drink? On the Boulevard Saint-Germain you’ll find the brasserie Lipp, a place appreciated by literary souls. The Café de Flore was a legendary meeting place for writers and still retains the imprint of its past. The Café des Deux Magots was also frequented by great creative figures, including Verlaine, Picasso and Hemingway. There are other beautiful places to discover not far from the Hotel Marais Bastille and we’re happy to point you in the right direction.
Hotel Marais Bastille, a 3-star hotel a few steps from Place de la Bastille