Warning: Last items in stock!
Located on one of the most attractive loops of the River Marne in eastern Paris, Le Perreux-sur-Marne features a delightful three-kilometre (two-mile) riverside walkway, which has recently been renovated. Visitors can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and country scenery and admire some of the remarkable architecture.
The story of this section of the river is a key to understanding the development of this rural area which became popular among Parisians in the early 20th century.
Le Perreux was initially a holiday resort, but during the 1900s it expanded to become a fully-fledged town. Every Sunday, crowds of visitors from Paris flocked there to enjoy the bucolic waterside setting.
Up until the 18th century, houses had been built on the land sloping up from the river. At that time, the riverside consisted solely of a few laundries, laundry boats, public baths and fishing piers. The arrival of the railway, and the canalization of the river to facilitate navigation, resulted in a major transformation of the area.
An old towpath was made into a riverside path, running from Joinville-le-Pont to Neuilly-sur-Marne and this encouraged the building of guinguettes (restaurants with music and dancing), boathouses, boating clubs, and other facilities. Before the Bry-sur-Marne bridge was built, people used small ferryboats to cross the river.
Follow your guide and enjoy this relaxing riverside walk, taking in its natural landscapes and diverse architecture, ranging from houses in a variety of styles to different public and community facilities.
Please note: this guided tour is available in French only! Your guide will greet you in English but all the commentary will be in French. But don’t let this discourage you – it’s still a great opportunity to discover this part of eastern Paris!