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Publié dans Visit Paris le Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Succumb to the mystery and charm of the Canal Saint-Martin. Bucolic and romantic, it exudes a unique and magical aura, whatever the time of the day or evening. The Hotel Relais du Marais, located close to this famous waterway, recommends a walk or bike ride along its banks in the gentle caress of the spring sunshine. Come and discover one of the most charming areas of Paris!
The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin, which connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine, between the Bastille and République Metro stations, cuts a watery slash across one of the trendiest and most romantic districts of Paris. Take a little time out to watch from the bank or from an iron footbridge as the barges and pleasure boats quietly negotiate the canal’s nine locks.
When it reaches the 11th arrondissement, this lengthy and beautiful waterway goes underground to flow in almost complete darkness, illuminated only by the faint light from the ventilation wells.
Continuing your walk, you’ll probably be tempted to explore the appealing and intriguing streets that head off from the canal. There’s plenty of interesting architecture and bars boasting a lively and unique ambiance along the way, so simply wander as your fancy takes you. As the days grow lovelier, you’ll see plenty of people enjoying lunch on the grass by the banks of the canal, especially near bridges, locks and other places gently warmed by the rays of the spring sun. If you’ve nothing planned, why not take a detour to the local shops and treat yourself to some delicious treats for a picnic of your own? Feel free to stay until nightfall to enjoy the spectacle of the lights of cinemas and bars reflected in the tranquil waters of this beautiful canal.
Relais du Marais, a 3-star hotel in the heart of Le Marais