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Paris / Saint-Denis

[ Cycle routes The Avenue Verte London <> Paris ] [ Paris and the Impressionists' Seine ]
  • 12.6 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

The last leg of the journey follows the waterways traditionally taken by boatmen to travel in and out of central Paris. You finish the trip in the historic heart of the capital, on l'île de la Cité, opposite Notre-Dame Cathedral. The building is stunning, with its breathtaking nave, its magnificent stained-glass windows and its fantastical gargoyles, plus it remains a very lively place, as well as one that is deeply spiritual.

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This stretch mainly takes you along cycle paths and dedicated cycle lanes. Take care beyond Saint-Denis, as a section of the route here has not yet been laid out. Then, from the Saint-Denis Canal to the Bassin de la Villette, a cycle paths follow the waterways. Take particular care at the crossroads on Place Stalingrad (where you can branch off for the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminus nearby). Arriving by the Seine in central Paris, be very careful around extremely busy Place du Châtelet.

Railway station (SNCF)


RER A : Nanterre station – Université station.

Transilien line L from St-Lazare :  Nanterre Station – Université station





Paris  0033 49 52 42 63


  • Saint-Denis 0033 55 87 08 70



Not to be missed


Paris : Notre-Dame - la Sainte-Chapelle - the place du Chatelet – Les Halles district - the Saint-Martin's Canal  – la Rotonde Stalingrad – City of science and industry and La Géode.



Close to

Saint-Germain-des Prés – Le Louvre – l’Île-Saint-Louis - the forum des Halles - the Saint-Eustache church - the City Hall - the Georges Pompidou center, modern art museum at Beaubourg - the Marais district – the place des Vosges – the place de la République – les Buttes Chaumont – Montmartre.





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The Canals around Paris

The Canals around Paris    

Paris's canals were created by order of Napoleon Bonaparte at the start of the 19th century, to provide the capital with drinking water and to transport merchandise. The canals stretch over 130 km, linking the Seine to the Port de l'Arsenal. Northeast of the centre, the Saint-Martin's Canal (see photo opposite), the Canal de l'Ourcq, the Canal Saint-Denis and the Bassin de la Villette have been adapted for leisure pursuits nowadays.




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