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Sail, glide or swim

Looking for some excitement and cool water? Put on your swimsuit or perhaps a wetsuit, because visiting the Sénonais also means experiencing the thrills of water-skiing, sailing or paddling on the river that flows through the region from south to north. Not forgetting THE swimming spot not to be missed: Plage du Saucil in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne!


When you are far from the sea, swimming in the river, is the best option. In Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, just a few steps upriver from the town, this is made possible at Saucil Beach to the delight of visiting and local bathers alike. It is one of few supervised bathing areas in the Yonne département. Now is the time to enjoy it!


Baignage plage du Saucil à Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

The supervised bathing area of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, a rare site in the region. - Photo Adeline Gauthier



Those who have already been to Sens will surely never forget Yonne Island! It is a true district of the town, with its Saint Maurice Church, old fishermen's houses, the brand new gastronomic restaurant at the tip of the island and its slightly more rugged banks downriver. You can explore these special surroundings by canoe with Sens Canoe-Kayak Club ! If you can manage to keep your balance, there are lots of great photos to take along this route! Sometimes the club even organises special evening outings. Watch this space...

There is also a canoe-kayak club in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne..


Le tour de l'ile d'Yonne en canoe-kayak

Yonne island and its Church Saint-Maurice. - Photo Pierre Pichon



In summer, there is wind in the sails in Villeneuve Villeneuve and they are unfurled on the river, ready to show you how to sail. Here, the local sailing club is very active. You won't exactly be taking part in the Vendée-Globe if you've never sailed before, but the experience will ensure you some wonderful thrills all the same. Exhilarated by the wind, rudder in one hand and sail rope in the other, brace yourself! Around 14 July, for the "Régates et Canotiers" (Regattas and Rowers) event, anything that sails or floats is out on the water and we merrily shake ourselves down in a splendid confusion of colour. Except for the jousters of course, who always stay very focused!




There are yet more thrills as you move on to paddleboarding, which you can do in Sens through the Canoe-Kayak Club. Your mission, should you accept it, is to stand on a board using oars to steer and move forward. 

More exhilarating, but perhaps less strenuous, you can also go water skiing in Sens, through the Sénonais Water Skiing Club. Stand straight, legs stretched out. Whoosh! !