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Paris

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.

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Music festivals in the city of love.

Music festivals in the city of love

Paris comes alive in the summer months, from cultural soirees at Versailles to ultra-modern weekenders in the suburbs. Check out the Peacock Society all-nighter at the Parc Floral de Paris from the evening of 10 and 11 July. This will be a party for the hip and stylish of the French capital. For the bigger, more well-established festival, head down to the Rock en Seine at the majestic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. Here you will find The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Kasabian entertaining the crowds, amongst many more over the Bank Holiday weekend – 28 to 30 August.

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Find out what's on in Paris this July

Summer is in full-swing by July and you won’t be short of outdoor activities in the French capital. The arrival of sand and palm trees along the Seine welcomes the Paris Plage. While open-air concerts spring up in the parks and gardens – making impromptu picnics irresistible.

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Carnival.

1-7 July

On 4 and 5 July the Paris Carnival Tropical brings a colourful festival atmosphere to the city. For the 14th year running, this exotic celebration adorns the streets of the 11th arrondissement with colourful costumes and Caribbean sounds. Around 200,000 spectators flock to the Place de la Nation for 2pm, where this flamboyant procession will conclude.

During July and August, one of Paris’s most popular gardens welcomes the thrills of the funfair at the Fête des Jardins du Tuileries. Rides, games and food stands will appeal to both children and adults – with a big wheel, bumper cars and sweet treats aplenty.

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8-14 July

Celebrate Bastille Day on 14 July. Watch the military parade pass along the famous Champs-Élysées in the morning - grab your spot before 10am as it gets very busy. To mark the French National Holiday, each arrondissement hosts its own Fireman’s Ball, held in the local fire station. Don your dancing shoes and prepare to party from late until early.

Or at 11pm, prepare to be amazed by the July 14th fireworks, a spectacular display with the iconic Eiffel Tower as its centre point. Head to the Champs de Mars and Trocadero for a great view.

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Festival.

15-21 July

The annual Paris Plage arrives on 20 July, bringing the charm of the seaside to the banks of the Seine. With palm trees, golden sand and plenty of deckchairs, swap sightseeing for sunbathing on your Paris city break. Music, games and food stands create a buzzing atmosphere.

To coincide with the Paris Plage the FNAC invites you to soak up live music for free. From 16 to 19 July, you can enjoy four nights of public concerts in front of the Paris City Hall.

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France.

22-31 July

Don't miss the finale of the 102nd Tour De France on the Champs-Élysées on 26 July. After riding for 21 stages and 3,344km, the lycra-clad cyclists conclude their journey with a sprint finish in the French capital.

Enjoy the warm summer evenings at the open-air cinema at Parc de la Villette, beginning 24 July. This annual festival presents movies from around the world, many of which are in English, within a beautiful Parisian park setting. Pack a picnic and blend in with the locals.

 

Find out what's on in Paris this August

August is holiday time for Parisians, but that does not mean that there is nothing going on. If anything, the French capital becomes a calmer, more interesting city. From fun fairs to outdoor cinemas, Paris in high summer in a great place to be.

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1-7 August

The excellent Fête des Loges funfair finishes this month on 16 August, located in the campgrounds of Forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the suburbs of Paris. With over 200 attractions, including log flumes, spooky ghost trains and bungee balls, you will find something for all the family.

Also ending this week is the fantastic Paris Quartier d’Eté festival. This takes place at many different venues across Paris between 14 July and 8 August and the eclectic nature of the festival is spellbinding. Explore dance, theatre and avant garde music at the 25th annual festival.

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PIAF.

8-14 August

Paris’s favourite chanteuse Edith Piaf would’ve celebrated the centenary of her birth this year. In recognition of this, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France has amassed more than 400 exhibits – some never before seen by her adoring public – relating to ‘the Little Sparrow’ for PIAF. The exhibition concludes on 23 August.

Throughout August fans of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shawn the Sheep can see how their clay-mation heroes came to life. From concept art to minutely-detailed scenery, the Aardman: Art that takes shape exhibition takes you on that epic journey at the Art Ludique-Le Musee.

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15-21 August

The famous Paris Plage finishes this month, from 20 July to 18 August you can head down to the Seine and sit along the banks of the river on some brilliant man-made beaches. Grab a deck chair, a drink and relax with friends in the shadow of Notre Dame or eat ice cream next to the Louvre, it’s up to you. 

The competitive cycling season continues in August with the annual Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur ride taking place 16 to 20 August. Spectators can watch the start from the Velodrome National and cheer the 6000 riders as they set off on the 1200-kilometre odyssey.

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22 – 28 August

Sports fans unite for the preparatory games of the Rugby World Cup. France versus England takes place at the Stade de France on Saturday 22 August in what promises to be a great game between the two old rivals. The Paris suburb of Saint-Denis welcomes 80,000 fans for the day.

For those less sports-inclined, the spectacular Eglise de la Madeleine plays host to the talented Orchestre Les Violons de France who play Vivalidi’s Four Seasons on 26 and 28 August.  Expect beautiful choral music from Vivaldi’s most famous work within one of Paris’s most beautiful churches.

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Rock on.

29-31 August

The last weekend, August 28 to 30, sees Paris play host to a brilliant music festival. Rock en Seine brings big name international bands, such as Hot Chip, Ben Howard and The Chemical Brothers, to the Domaine National Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of the city. Listen to brilliant bands amid stunning landscaped gardens.

Belgian’s own boy detective Tintin has an exhibition at the Musée en Herbe, finishing on 31 August. The Musée Hergé presents rare works attesting to Hergé’s skill and flair as an artist, from comic strips to illustration and graphic design. This is a must for fans of Tintin, young or old.

Find out what's on in Paris this September

As summer bids farewell, there’s no sign of the events scene cooling down in Paris… A fantastic festival line-up will appeal to everyone – from music fans, to foodies and horticulturalists. Get a glimpse into prestigious Parisian properties during the European Heritage Days weekend. Then experience the buzz during Paris Fashion Week.

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Ile de France.

1-6 September

In the lush surrounds of Parc de la Villete, soak up a heady fusion of jazz, funk, blues and hip hop sounds at the Jazz à la Villete festival. New talent, including Laura Mvula, will join veteran acts like Roberto Fonseca at this prestigious annual autumn event – from 2 to 13 September.

Or experience a music festival with a difference at the Ile de France festival, from 6 September to 11 October. This unique collaboration of world music and culture spans the genres – from pop to baroque – at superb venues ranging from castles to stunning parks.

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Don Giovanni.

7-13 September

Prepare to be awestruck as Paris’ largest fireworks display turns the skies into a kaleidoscope of colour. Le Grand Feu de Saint-Cloud takes place on Saturday 12 September in the beautiful surroundings of Parc de Saint-Cloud, but can be enjoyed from just about any spot in the city.

Then opera lovers should hurry to book seats for Don Giovanni, at the Opéra Bastille from 12 September to 18 October. Francesca Zambello’s production of Mozart’s spellbinding opera, based on the life of legendary seducer Don Juan, guarantees to captivate.

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Techno parade

14 -20 September

Soak up the party atmosphere and join the thousands dancing in the streets when the Techno Parade comes to Paris on Saturday 19 September. A procession of floats carrying international electro music names will make its way through the city during this hotly-anticipated event.

A fantastic opportunity to visit exclusive Paris properties follows… The European Heritage Days initiative sees city buildings usually closed to the public open their doors for two days only. Peek into the home of the French President, step into the renowned art school, Les Beaux Arts, and other prestigious buildings, on 19 and 20 September.

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Fête de la Gastronomie.

21 -27 September

France is synonymous with superb cuisine, and this is celebrated each year with a nationwide food festival… The 2015 ‘Fête de la Gastronomie ’ will see lots of foodie events on the Paris menu, including markets, cooking classes, picnics and more. From 25 to 27 September.

Then take in a breathtaking floral display around Notre Dame Cathedral, when the Fête des Jardins de Paris marks the beginning of autumn. On 26 and 27 September, green-fingered types can also attend workshops, meet Parisian garden designers and enjoy a host of events in parks and gardens across the city.

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Paris fashion week.

28 - 30 September

Until 30 September, you can make the most of the summer sun’s final rays at the Garden-Beach in the Jardin d’ Acclimatation. Adults can recline in the deck chairs while children splash in the bathing pool, cool off under the water cannons or have fun in the playground.

And finally, the most glamorous week in the Parisian calendar – Paris Fashion Week – fills the capital with fashionistas from 30 September to 7 October. Although the catwalks are closed to the public, the tangible buzz and celebrity-spotting opportunities make this a thrilling time to visit the city.

Explore Paris areas

Discover something new and exciting in every area of cosmopolitan Paris

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.

Montmartre

Montmartre

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

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Average daily sunshine (hours)
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