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Best Time to Visit Paris
When is the best time to visit Paris?
There’s no doubt that Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Did you know that there are more than thirty-five million visitors who stay overnight in Paris? That’s right, as according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. Another standout thing here is that Paris has year-round allure and some seasons will be more striking to visitors than others.
Are you a new visitor? If so, the popular Parisian springtime would surely meet and even surpass all your expectations. Apart from that, the horse chestnut trees in line with the Champs-Elysees are also thick, along with jewel-like flowers that are blossoming all throughout many parks in the city. Do take note that the stores, streets and museums are not yet packed summer crowds hence a slight likelihood of low-season rates from hotels and airlines. For avid tennis fans, you might want to book tickets to the French Open, an exciting event that will take place during May at Roland Garros.
Just like other cities, summer is usually the peak tourist season in Paris. That’s unless you try to make reservation, expect waiting in long lines especially at more popular attractions, just like the Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Do take note that the weather can get fairly during the summer season, though rainy and cool stretches sneak in sometimes. The perk of visiting during summer are the multitude of attractions carefully planned by the city officials.
Autumn can also be an ideal time to visit Paris. During fall, the weather is typically mild and dry, with less summer crowds and Parisians. One of the benefits of visiting Paris during this season is that you can experience the fun of different events just like the Nuites Blanches, where all galleries, museums and other reputed art-related institutions are available to the public all throughout the day and night. And take note, that’s for free. You can also join in the in the Salon du Chocolat or chocolate fair, every October.
Expect when there is snow, winters fail to show Paris at its finest. During winter, the skies are usually slate-gray as well as gloomy. Apart from that, the days are quite cold while rain is inevitable. A perk of winter travel to Paris is that you can have a good time at the bistro while taking a sip of a cup of vin chaud or experience a tasteful mug of hot chocolate. Not only that, you would also surely appreciate the warming and hearty winter foods. This includes cassoulet or white beans as well as confit of pork or duck. There are also game dishes, such as wild boar, rabbit and venison. But do you know what’s the best thing of visiting Paris in winter? It’s the best price that a hotel and airline can offer. Hence, there is no need for you to take a “Mona Lisa” VIP seat in front.
Christmas season can also be a great time to visit Paris. Some major attractions like the Champs-Elysées become awash in the midst of fairy lights. But the great thing here is that the city is complete with charming Christmas markets that highlight different homemade crafts, whether you want knit sweaters or manually painted wooden toys. Also, Christmas season features an ice-skating rink in front of the grand Hotel de Ville and a striking Ferris Wheel is built at the base of Champs-Elysées. Take note that airline and hotel prices tend to rise in holidays.
Make your travel experience perfect by knowing the best time to visit Paris. Let this guide be your key to having a one-of-a-kind stay in the fascinating city!