When To Visit Paris

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The Best Time Of Year To Visit Paris

Someone once wrote a song, "I love Paris in the springtime". The truth of the matter; however, is that Paris in the summer is so much better. Sorry Mr. Cole Porter.

Because the key to Paris vacations is its plethora of famous attractions, the weather is a crucial element to "doing Paris right".

And mind you, I am not saying I wouldn't go any day of the year I landed a ticket, because I would go on the coldest day of the year if it meant a free trip for me. But I merely am saying that if you are wanting to plan a trip with the family and have your choice of when to go, summer is amazing.

The Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral are but just a few of the places available to you.

Paris has an average monthly temperature of about 60 degrees according to the world weather organization. Mind you, this is mostly evening weather. It is highest in July and August and lowest December through February.

When it comes to rain and Paris, it's not a huge factor as to when you visit. Each month through out the year is about the same (averages are within 3-4 days of each other between the wettest and dryest months).

So, any month in Paris is awesome. Afterall, it's Paris!

If you're a tourist type, you will probably prefer summer. To be honest, some people prefer winter because you can usually find better prices on things. Like flights, restaurants and even on cheap hotels in Paris.

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Bbudoyono 6 years ago

Wonderful city!


Leta S 6 years ago

I'm looking forward to it! For a first time visitor to Europe, would you recommend Paris or London?


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Elena. 6 years ago from Madrid

Hello, fester! I'd say you're right about summer being a safer bet for a visit, if only for the springtime rain, which is sure to make an appearance. Then again, summer is top season and there are SO many visitors. Not that there are few in spring, but at least you can walk the streets without bumping into the next person :-) Having to pick, I'd agree with summer for the comfort of weather --as much comfort as you'd get in Paris anyhow :-)

Oh, and Lita, do both! How could you not? London and Paris are night and day!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

I am going to agree with Elena! Night and day! I love both. Paris is a very fun, romantic city. Meanwhile, London is a lot of fun as well. Both have unique history and attractions. If you take the Eurostar train under the channel, it's a quick visit to both. I find London is cheapest to fly into and then you can hit Paris....


AuthorLMS 6 years ago

Thanks for this I have never been to Paris, should I ever land a ticket I shall take your advice and travel in summer. Thanks for sharing this with us.

I loved your photos by the way, great hub!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Well, I sincerely hope you enjoy it when you go. I am sure you will. Thanks very much!


Dominique Teng 6 years ago

I love Paris! In the springtime. In summer. Fall and winter!

It rains a lot in April. There are hardly any Parisians in Paris in August as everyone goes on vacation so the tourists can have the town for themselves. December can be very, very cold. But no matter what, Paris is phenomenal! There is so much to see and to do! The art! The food! The Parisians!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

I couldn't agree with you more Dominique! Thanks for your valuable input. I have been all 4 seasons and all stand out as amazing in my head. My friend is there now. He says compared to Minnesota, it's super warm too. Haha.


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Aww I supposed to visite Paris for christmass shoping but It did not went well. I hope I ever get the chance to see Paris and all the places I have been reading about Paris. Great hub-xoxoxoxox-Lizzy


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks Lizzy. I really do hope you get the chance to go soon!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Paris is great! I love the city and all the experiences there.

Thanks for sharing this info and here's hoping I get there again.

Love and peace

Tony


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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Wow, another great hub! However, I would rather go in the fall of the year. Less people I am sure, and autumn has a mystical appeal to me. Its almost as if the past comes alive somehow or that one could travel back and forth in time. Tons and tons of history in Paris I am sure!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Yes, you make solid cases for all of the seasons. I like less people too. Funny enough, the city is packed ALL YEAR round, but definitely a little bit lighter on the tourism in say Autumn. I always go around my birthday in November it seems, but the summer trip was excellent!


kitty 6 years ago

i like paris but i didn't like the food.


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

You know what is funny is that the first time I went to Paris, I also didn't like the food. I felt it was greasy and expensive. But the next trip redeemed itself because I found some great cafes.


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philmaguire 6 years ago from Jersey, Iles de la Manche

Despite living so close to France (about 15 miles), I have only been to Paris once in my life. It was in the summer and upon reflection, I reckon that was the best season because the streets are such a treat to wander along - all of that Art Nouveau architecture just waiting to be discovered around almost every street corner.


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Wow Phil. I am jealous you live in Europe. One could probably argue that summer months are best for visiting anywhere I suppose!


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Wow, Phil. I had to Google your island. I am impressed. It is officially on my list of places to visit. :)


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billy sidhu 6 years ago

loved Paris- went in May, but it was cold and rainy. The tourist office also told us the hotel was a couple of blocks away- but dragging 2 large suitcases which wouldnt stay on their wheels, the icy wind........but it was BEAUTIFUL and the Eiffel Tower for that week had 20,000 extra lights on- fabulous


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Ah, I have gone when it's kind of rainy and cold. I remember dragging suitcases around town when the wind was so strong my umbrella inverted (Was late October).

But seeing some beautiful sites like the Eiffel Tower does help turn the frown around.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Interesting info on Paris, I did not know the average temp was 60 degrees. Slightly chilly, but very doable. I agree with you however, give me a free ticket and I'm on my way, winter, summer, whenever....:)


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Ya, 60 degrees when you take into account both winter and summer. But summers get hot like anywhere. :)


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rose56 6 years ago

Thanks for the hub I loved it. Nice pics


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Glad you enjoyed Rose. I have been on the road in the Philippines so very slow on getting back to my hubs. But I will get all caught up. :)


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INFJay 6 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

I visited Paris in May and the weather was super! Enjoyed your article.


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festersporling1 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks. Awesome! Sorry for insanely late reply. Off to check out your hubs. :)


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

Paris is beautiful...


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festersporling1 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Agreed PDH! :)


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