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Think of Paris and what comes to mind? The majestic Eiffel Tower against a sapphire sky? Romantic boat trips on the Seine? Fashionable folks enjoying coffee and croissants at a chic café? Well, Paris has all of this and much more…

The aptly-nicknamed ‘City of Light’ is a shining beacon of style, culture and culinary invention. Explore the eclectic areas of this captivating city on Paris holidays. Stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées, stopping to take in the iconic Arc de Triomphe and stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral. See the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre and priceless Picassos at the Pompidou Centre. Indulge in luxury shopping at the world-class Galeries Lafayette department store or browse for bargains at a flea market. In the evening, dine on exquisite French cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or sip champagne at a trendy rooftop bar while gazing at the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower.


What's on in Paris over the next few months

The City of Light becomes the city of love in February, with Valentine’s Day taking over. Easter time in March means Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral and chocolate egg-hunts. Then catch a concert or experience the excitement of the Paris marathon, in April.

Pop art.


The start of the month is the last chance to see Warhol: Unlimited at the Musée d’Art Moderne, which finishes on the 7 February. In this show, the pop art maestro’s Shadows series is shown in its entirety for the first time in Europe. Highlighting the serial aspects of his work, this is a show not to be missed. Romance is in the air as Paris comes alive with couples for Valentine’s Day on the 14 February. Following this, the cutesy kitsch Hello Kitty Live takes place on 20 and 21 February, which is syrupy fun for all the family at Le Grand Rex. And finally, at the Opera Bastille throughout February you can see Rossini’s world-famous The Barber of Seville in a superb adaption by the Paris Opera.

Eiffel Tower.


Soak up the party atmosphere during the Carnaval des Femmes (Carnival of Women) on 6 March. This centuries-old celebration of womankind sees a parade of colourful costume-clad women (and men), starting from the Place du Châtelet at 3pm. Then don’t miss the spectacle of 40 professional athletes racing up the stairs of France’s iconic landmark, during the Eiffel Tower Vertical Race on 17 March. Film fans should jot 18 to 27 March in their diaries, when the International Documentary Film Festival will showcase work from new and established documentary film makers, at venues throughout the city. Then, of course, late March means Easter… Celebrate on 27 March with Easter Mass in the magnificent setting of Notre Dame Cathedral. Lose yourself in classical music amid the Gothic grandeur of La Sainte-Chappelle. Or let little ones roam in search of goodies at Easter egg hunts across the city.

Galloping sundays.


Soak up the atmosphere and cheer on the runners when the 40th Paris Marathon takes over the streets of the capital on Sunday 3 April. Find your spectating spot along a route that takes in some of the city’s most iconic sights – including Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Then don’t miss the breathtaking stage spectacular that is Shen Yun , at the Palais des Congrès de Paris from 15 to 17 April. Prepare to be enthralled as the celebrated Shen Yun Performing Arts company presents a dazzling display of classical Chinese dance against an awe-inspiring animated backdrop. Or enjoy a perfect marriage of music and art, when the splendid Musée D’Orsay hosts ‘Apollonaire Musicians’ – a series of concerts complementing the museum’s exhibition dedicated to the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. The concerts will feature music by French composer Francis Polenc, who was inspired by Apollinaire. From 19 April to 24 May. Or bring your kids along to ‘Galloping Sundays’ at the Auteil Hippodrome throughout April, where little ones can ride the carousel and go treasure-hunting as well as enjoying the thrilling racing action.

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Central Paris

Central Paris

Immerse yourself in culture and indulgent retail therapy in the heart of Paris. Visit the beautiful Place de la Concorde or head to the Place de Vendôme for high-end shopping. See the Mona Lisa and many more priceless artworks and antiquities at the world famous Louvre. Next door, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates decorative art. Admire the ornate architecture of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Palais Garnier, then rest your weary feet in the gorgeous greenery of the Jardins de Tuileries.

Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe

Take a stroll down the 2km Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous streets in the world and a thriving hub for shopping and entertainment. A huge array of boutiques, eateries and cinemas await on this attractive tree-lined avenue. When night falls admire the dramatic perspective of the Champs-Élysées carving a path of light from the beautiful Place de la Concorde to the illuminated Arc de Triomphe. The luxurious Four Seasons George V hotel is ideally located for exploring this area.



Explore meandering streets crammed with boutiques, bars, cafés and clubs in lively Montmartre. Take in fabulous panoramic views from the dome of the stunning Le Sacré Coeur Basilica. Soak up the ambience at the charming Place du Tertre and admire works by the great surrealist artist at the Espace Dali. Be sure to reserve tickets for a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge club, and stay at the nearby 3-star Chat Noir hotel.

Left Bank

Left Bank

Immerse yourself in culture in the chic Left Bank area of Paris. Visit stunning historic landmarks including the majestic, neoclassical Le Panthéon. Admire the wonderful architecture of Les Invalides and wander around its museums. Browse the designer boutiques or relax with a coffee in upmarket Saint Germain-des-Prés. Escape the urban throng at the gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg. Climb to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for magnificent views and see the Eiffel Tower, in its illuminated glory, by night.

Eastern Paris

Eastern Paris

Art lovers will be in their element browsing the many galleries of the Le Marais quarter. Indulge in delectable cake with afternoon tea in the Jewish Quarter. See the glinting gilded figure atop the towering July Column at Place de la Bastille. Visit the final resting places of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison at the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Belleville. Admire breathtaking views from the stunning Parc de Belleville. For thriving nightlife, make your way to hip Menilmontant.

Paris weather

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Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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  • Feb
  • 12°Mar
  • 16°Apr
  • 20°May
  • 23°Jun
  • 25°Jul
  • 24°Aug
  • 21°Sep
  • 16°Oct
  • 10°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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  • 46
  • 35
  • 42
  • 57
  • 54
  • 59
  • 64
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  • 51
  • 50
Average daily sunshine (hours)
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  • 5
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  • 8
  • 8
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  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2

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