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Paris gets even better in the Summer
An insider guide and all my local tips and recommendations
Paris gets even better in the summer when the sun doesn’t set until 10 pm, ideal for extending the day with a boat ride or long walks along the river banks at sunset.
It’s a great time to explore the Parisian outdoors and to linger on its unusually deserted streets.
Paris is the most visited city in the world and TOURISM HIGH SEASON is between June and the end of September. So, you will have lots of company during your visits to the Louvre, Versailles or the Eiffel Tower.
The weather can be quite erratic. HOT AND HUMID summer days are frequently followed -or even unexpectedly interrupted- by heavy showers and even strong storms. Average day rempetarure: 75F.
BE FIRST! This is my best tip, especially if it’s your first visit and you want to go to the Louvre, Versailles or the Eiffel Tower! There will be long queues and it will be really crowded inside so you better get there BEFORE the opening time!
PARIS FOR FREE It’s a prime time for festivals and great open-air events. Catch a film on a big screen at an outdoor cinema while sitting on the grass at nightfall at the Parc de la Villette or enjoy the Fête de la Musique June 21st.
WHAT TO PACK Don’t forget your sunglasses and a hat, sandals, and loose-fitting, lightweight summer dresses. They look great and are so easy to pack. Add a summer sweater and a scarf for the evenings as well as a small umbrella!
Go down by THE RIVER, it’s a must when the weather is hot. You can stroll along the Seine for miles on both sides.
A pedestrian zone is stretching from the Musée d’Orsay to the Eiffel Tower and beyond on the Left Bank, and from the Pont Alexandre III to the Bastille on the Right Bank.
There you will find bars and restaurants, sport and leisure activities, from child-friendly climbing walls to floating gardens. Enough to keep the whole family entertained.
Jog, rent a bike, dance, have a picnic or lay back in a deckchair and read a book by the water like Parisians do!
Embrace Paris summer with drinks at one of the many ROOFTOPS lounges with eye-catching views of Paris landmarks or at a beautiful terrace. I will give you a whole list of my favorites!
Photo credit : Personal Paris & Girafe Paris
BIG SUMMER DATES
June 21 ENJOY A MUSICAL EVENING with the FETE DE LA MUSIQUE. Music will be played everywhere in Paris to celebrate the day of the summer solstice. It’s a large, free, popular event open to all musicians.
June 26 Start of the SUMMER SALES. So if you time your visit to Paris right you will be able to shop till you drop. Contact me and I will give you my best tips and recommendations.
July 14 CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY -called 14 Juillet in France, with the biggest firework display of the summer launched from the Eiffel Tower at nightfall. Head out early to grab a spot or climb aboard a glass-walled boat and enjoy a breathtaking view of the fireworks from the river!
The program for the national holiday is packed with events. In the morning the military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées takes place, heading all the way down to Place de la Concorde. Cast your eyes skyward for the military fly-by, always a thrilling spectacle.
Later In the evening, it’s party time with the firemen’s balls held in a number of fire stations all over Paris.