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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.

Paris

Find out what's on in Paris this May

May sees the end of spring and the start of summer, so expect longer, sunnier days to stroll along the Seine. The sun brings with it the last chance to see the circus, a food festival and the best night of the year for museums – when they are all free.

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1-7 May

May Day on 1 May, is a major public holiday in France. Many Parisians venture out of the city to pick Lilies of the Valley – a symbol of spring – to give as gifts to loved ones. Head over to the Place de la Bastille for the biggest parade. It is also International Worker’s Day, so expect some large crowds.

The Biennale Internationale des Arts de la Marionettes takes place at the Le Mouffetard Theatre throughout May. From 5 to 30 May the world’s best puppeteers get together to tangle with the Parisian crowd.

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8-14 May

One for the kids – and the big kid in all of us – the Foire du Trône will have you squealing in delight. This is the last chance to see the fair, as it closes down on 25 May. Head over to the Pelouse de Reuilly for rollercoasters, haunted houses and a huge Ferris Wheel.

Opera de Paris’ The Magic Flute, by Mozart takes place throughout May at the Opera Bastille. One of Mozart’s finest works, composed in the last year of his life 1791, shows light conquering darkness in this beautiful fable.

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15-21 May

Paris has some of the best museums and galleries on the planet, and on 16 May they are all open ‘gratis’. The European Museum Night includes free entry to some of the most famous museums, such as the Pompidou Centre, the Louvre and the Grand Palais. For one night only.

Set in 19th century Spain, the beautiful and sumptuous Paquita will mesmerise and delight. The Ballet de l’Opera de Paris takes place in the magnificent Palais Garnier from 2 to 31 May. Not to be missed.

 

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22-28 May

Calling all gourmands. The Taste of Paris festival takes place at the Nave of the Grand Palais from 21 to 24 May. French cuisine is still considered the best in the world and you will find top Michelin-starred chefs showing off their skills all weekend.

The Lumière Brothers invented the cinematograph, and this wonderful exhibition throughout May at the Grand Palais, called simply LUMIÈRE! LE CINÉMA INVENTÉ takes you on a journey through their discoveries. 120 years have passed since their first public showing of the, then magical, moving picture.

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29-31 May

The French Open Tennis Championships at Roland-Garros is a highlight of the tennis year. A Grand Slam, it features the best of the best in the game. Tickets are hard to come by, much like Wimbledon, but it is well worth trying to get some. The tournament starts 19 May through to 7 June.

This month welcomes the last chance to see David Bowie Is , at the Philharmonie de Paris, which finishes on the 31 May. A massive hit at the V&A Museum in 2014, it is recommended that you book tickets and be amazed by this huge retrospective of David Bowie’s work and spectacular costumes.

Find out what's on in Paris this June

June welcomes the warmer weather to Paris, with its parks and gardens hosting open-air festivals and concerts -providing plenty of opportunity to soak up the early summer sunshine. The end of the month marks Les Soldes d'ete, the annual summer sales where Parisians battle for the best buys.

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1-7June

The Paris Jazz Festival takes place between 7 June and 27 July at the Sunset-Sunside Jazz Club. With concerts and events every weekend in June and July, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to laze on the lawns of the Parc Floral, listening to smooth jazz sounds.

Embark on a two-wheel adventure at the Fete du Velo on 6 and 7 June. This festival of cycling brings together cyclists from all walks of life, with sports enthusiasts and families using pedal power to travel into the centre of Paris. Hire bicycles from locations across the city and don’t miss the scheduled events and impressive picnic celebration.

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8-14 June

Venture outside of the city centre to the magnificent Château de Versailles for a spectacular night time show. The grounds will be majestically illuminated and the musical fountain show choreographed to baroque classics. Catch the show on Tuesdays until 30 June, or Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

Why not spend a day enjoying the expansive gardens? You’ll be presented with perfectly manicured lawns, impressive fountains and a remarkable orangery. Gather some Parisian treats beforehand and enjoy a picnic overlooking the boating lake – with the grounds and palace as your backdrop.

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15-21 June

For the third year running, Festival Chopin in the Luxembourg Gardens brings together renowned jazz and classical pianists to wow audiences. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy these fantastic free concerts, which finish on 19 July.

On 21 June the annual Fête de la Musique, or Paris Street Music Festival, transforms the open-air spaces and public buildings of Paris into a celebration of musical genres. This free event welcomes all genres and abilities to perform in unique venues across Paris – with Parisian boulevards, parks, museums, train stations and castles hosting concerts.

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22-30 June

If you're a classical music lover, don't miss the Festival Saint Denis which runs from 4 June to 2 July. For four weeks it presents a series of world-class concerts at the basilica of Saint Denis and around town, featuring international conductors and orchestral acts.

On 24 June Paris celebrates the summer with its spectacular Midsummer Fireworks. Set off from the Ile Saint Louis, the display can be enjoyed from around the city. Quai Saint Bernard along the Seine or Sacre Coeur, atop Butte in Montmarte, are both popular spots.

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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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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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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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.

 

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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  • 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
  • 55
  • 50
  • 51
  • 50
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 2
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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2

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