6 Things to keep in mind before visiting Paris

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Paris attracts the largest amount of visitors with an average of 27 million visitors per year. Paris is an excellent year-round holiday destination.

 The factors that you should consider while planning a trip to Paris: 

  1. Budget
  2. Seasons
  3. Crowds
  4. Things to do in Paris
  5. Places to visit in Paris
  6. Availability
  7. Considerations

1. Budget:

 For budget, there are two seasons in Paris. The high season and the low season since there are a lot of places to visit in Paris.

High Season:

The best time to travel to from July to August. It is the time when airfares are highest and hotels charge top rates and have less incentive to offer discounts.

Low Season:

The low season is from November till February. During this time, the rates are lower because of less demand of visitors. Hotels might offer discount packages.

2. Seasons:

No matter which season you choose to visit this chic city, it never fails to captivate your imagination with its marvelous magnificence. Depending on the visitors, some travelers like Paris when it sizzles while some like it when it drizzles.

Summer:

If you ask WHAT IS THE BESTTIME TO VISIT PARIS? Then my answer would be “The best months to visit Paris are from June to August”, when the weather is just about parfait (perfect) to travel to Paris. Average highs are in the mid-70s and there are long days of sunshine.

Unfortunately, summer is also the most crowded time — and the most expensive too because of the large number of visitors.

Key Events:

  1. Fete de St-Denis (June)
  2. Fete de la Musique (June)
  3. Tour de France (July)
  4. Bastille Day (July) The atmosphere during summer is relaxed and carefree.

Spring:

Travelers who visit the place for the first time stop by famous Parisian springtime. Champs-Elysees is lined with thick and lush horse chestnut trees and many of the parks have flowers that illuminates the beauty of nature. Hotel and airline rates might still have their low season rates However, most of the sights are still free for summer visitors.

Key Events:

  1. Foire du Trone (March)
  2. International Marathon of Paris (April)
  3. VE Day (May)
  4. French Open Tennis Championship (May)

Autumn:

In fall, the weather in Paris is dry and mild, and due to this, it is an excellent time to travel to Paris. The summer crowds have decreased so the tourists can enjoy. Galleries, Museums and many new institutions related to the art are also open for the general public to enjoy for free.

Key Events:

  1. International Ready-to-Wear Fashion Shows (September)
  2. Fete d'Automne (September-December)
  3. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (October)
  4. Armistice Day (November)

Winter:

Since winter is cold and gloomy time of the year, people usually do not do travel a lot in this season. But, in this season Paris is decorated with holiday festivity fever which takes its beauty to another level. During winter season, people usually enjoy indoor activities like visiting museums, cathedrals and sitting in cafes. In winter, it is more convenient to reserve hotels and visit museums because there is less stress in entries which gives you more time to travel.

Key Events:

  1. Le Salon Nautique de Paris (December)
  2. Fete de St-Sylvestre (December)

Christmas:

Christmas in Paris is comparatively low-key as the whole city is not decorated equally. During Christmas, the major attractions are fully lit and decorated, while in the inner city, the decorations may seem half-hearted that one can hardly guess that it's Christmas. On the upside, the city is brightly lightened with markets featuring handicrafts, homemade sweaters, and Christmas toys. During Christmas, a large number of skaters pop out at the esplanade in front of the Hotel de Ville (town hall), An enormous Ferris wheel is also constructed at the foot of the Champs-Elysées.

 The prices of the Hotel and airline tend to rise during the holiday season. Even though Paris lacks all the decorations but people still like to visit it.

3. Crowds:

During the seasons of July and august, the city is most crowded with tourists. While the Parisians leave their home and go to other countries, the city is pretty much left to the visitors.

4. Availability:

In winters, some museums, galleries, monuments and other attractions have shorter visiting hours. While in summer, the visiting hours increase and the visitors get more time to visit the Paris places. Summer season is best time to travel to Paris   so you might not be able to book a hotel or get a seat in metro if you do not plan early. Late spring, summer, and early fall mean boat trips on the Seine, picnics in the park and many hours of daylight to explore the beauty of the city, all of which goes missing in the winter.

5. Things to do in Paris:

If you get your timing right, you can visit some of the most popular place to visit in Paris is museums and monuments

  1. Parc de la Villette  (free open air cinema)
  2. Stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg ( Luxembourg Garden in Paris)
  3. Check out the Love Wall
  4. Visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris)
  5. Admire the sculptures at Atelier Brancusi ( Museum House)
  6. Explore the Père Lachaise cemetery ( Cemetery in the city of Paris)
  7. Walk La Promenade Plantée ( The Promenade Planted)
  8. Have a late night picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant ( a small public garden located on the Western tip of lle de la Cite)
  9. Check out a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette( up market French Departmental Store)

6. Places to visit in Paris: 

If we had to select the most beautiful places, here are the ones we would recommend you to visit in Paris. Go ahead and fall in love!

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Notre dame cathedral
  3. Louvre Museum
  4. Arch of Triumph
  5. Cruise on the Seine
  6. Montmartre
  7. The Palaces of Versailles
  8. The Quarter Latin
  9. The Moulin Rouge
  10. Disneyland Paris

Last Considerations:

If you want to have a trip to Paris but have budget constraint then you should visit Paris during November and February. If you are willing to visit the attraction, then consider anytime but summer. If none of these problems apply then the best time to visit Paris is fall and spring season.


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