Planning a trip to one of the planet’s busiest and most visited cities can be challenging. With Paris’ many festive holidays, a wide array of sights and activities, and over 30 million visitors yearly, it is hard to decide when to book those tickets.
Due to its popularity it’s impossible to have Paris all for yourself, but if you want to get the most out of the experience, then here are the best months to pack those bags and head to the City of Lights.
At the start of summertime, May is one of the best times to go to Paris. Although there are occasional rain showers, all in all, the weather is great for a romantic boat tour along the Seine. Enjoy the sights as you indulge yourself in an authentic Parisian dinner on the boat’s upper deck. Also, watch out for the Nuit des Musées (European Night of Museums), an all-night cultural celebration when most monuments are free of charge. It is one of the best times to enjoy these attractions without having to wait in line.
Although hotel prices start spiking when June arrives, most tourists still take this opportunity to see Paris at its best. Even with the crowded spots and fully-booked hotels, the Parisian streets are alive and festive. Plenty of the tourists who take these June vacations are tennis enthusiasts just waiting for Roland Garros, The Grand Slam tournament, to come right around the corner. The rest of the crowd is made up of visitors there for the festive Tropical Carnival of Paris. Others may have been anticipating the music festivals and free concerts every June 21st for Fête de la Musique (Music Day).
July is most probably the busiest month in all of Paris. All the hotels are booked, and the crowd of tourists thickens outside. Friendly tip: if you want to experience Bastille Day, “La fête nationale” every 14th of July, then plan ahead and book your hotel room months before your trip. You would be surprised how such a holiday can bring in millions of tourists and locals alike. Of course, everyone does not want to miss the renowned parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the fighter jets soaring in the skies creating vapor trails with the colors of the French flag, and the pretty fireworks at night. The weather though is the main attraction. It’s warm and sunny in the city and the evenings are long.
If you are visiting Paris for art and culture, then October is your best bet. Fall time means cultural events time in Paris. The Nuit Blanche (All-nighter) is a night of masterpieces from both amateur and professionals alike. Stay up all night and watch as artists exhibit their pieces in the whole city. You can find tons of magnificent pieces of various artists, and it’s all for free. You would also like to visit the International Contemporary Art Fair held annually if you are a big fan of contemporary art.