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2021 France Travel Update


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07/04/21

July in Paris [2021]

In Paris, July is a month with long days, no transportation strikes, and sunny weather guaranteed. People like to eat ice creams, spend lazy evenings al fresco by the canals or on a shady terrace, and they make the most out of Paris at night.

July in Paris is also the month with more outdoor festivals, especially music festivals. From jazz festivals to rock festivals, there’s something for every taste in Paris.

The downside of Paris in July is that it can get very hot for some days (we call it canicule) and tourism is intense.

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Is Paris in July busy? Crowds Forecast

Paris in July is very busy!

Despite the hot temperatures, July in Paris is the high season, when most people have holidays. If you visit Paris in July, it is paramount to book accommodation and tickets to the main attractions and shows well in advance.

Hotels, especially the good ones, sell out fast or charge ridiculous prices for last-minute bookings, and it is normal for places such as the Eiffel Tower to have tickets for the best time slots booked out months in advance.

Below I list the Paris main attractions you will need advance tickets for and have added links to my favorite trusty providers for your convenience.

Weather in July in Paris

Paris in July is hot and sunny. The average temperatures in July are 26C maximum and 16C minimum with a 10% probability of rainfall.

CANICULE IN JULY (HEATWAVE IN JULY)

Canicule is the French word for ‘heatwave.’ It is usually used when the temperatures are higher than 31C in the morning and 21C at night for 3 consecutive days.

During the last years, Paris experienced a few days of canicule so if you are visiting Paris in July, you should know that there’s the possibility of a few days of intense heat in the city.

During these periods, it is suggested to look for indoor activities (with air conditioning), avoid physical activities and sports, protect your head from the sun with a hat, and drink lots of water.

Remember that you can drink tap water in Paris, so you can avoid tons of plastic by using a refillable bottle.

What to Wear in Paris in July [2021]

What to wear in Paris in July? July in Paris calls for summer clothing!

Leave your jeans at home and pack summer dresses, short sleeve tops, and sandals. Also, it is important to protect your head and eyes from the sun. Remember that you need a little more coverage when entering a church, so a long skirt or a thin jacket or scarf to cover your shoulders is always a good idea.

If you wonder what to pack for Paris in July, check out our Paris Packing Lists for men and women. What to wear in Paris, and do’s and don’ts to get the Parisian style.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in July

If you visit Paris for the first time and plan on visiting many tourist sights, consider the purchase of a Paris tourist pass to save time and money. Check out this Paris Pass Comparison to find the best tourist pass for you.

Alternatively, buy skip-the-line tickets for the top tourist attractions.

Leave some float in your daily schedule. If it is too hot outside, you may want to take a break somewhere for a coffee or a cold drink.

Getting around Paris by metro in July can be challenging. Check out our best tips for using the Parisian metro in the summer.

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LE 14 JUILLET – NATIONAL DAY IN FRANCE

Wrongly named Bastille Day abroad, Le 14 Juillet (14th of July) is the National Day in France. The 14th of July usually means a long weekend, so it is a good opportunity for most of us for a weekend getaway out of Paris.

People who stay in Paris on the 14th of July usually like to meet friends, see the ‘défilé’ (a military parade along Champs Elysées), or the fireworks at Champ de Mars. It is a good idea to arrive at Champ de Mars quite early, perhaps for an evening picnic, to be sure to find a good spot for the fireworks. Check out the full list of things to do in Paris on Bastille Day.

Best Things to Do in Paris in July

If you are visiting Paris for the first time, you may want to tick some Paris top tourist attractions off your bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for Paris first-timers and cover the main attractions in Paris as well as the most iconic neighborhoods:

Apart from all these places and other beautiful sights that you will find in our Paris Travel Blog, these are the things to see and do that we specifically recommend when you visit Paris in July 2021:

CLIMB UP THE EIFFEL TOWER BEFORE SUNSET

– The Eiffel Tower will re-open its doors on 16 July 2021 –

Eiffel Tower Paris

The Eiffel Tower is a must-see in Paris, but it is a terrible place to visit during the day in July. Go up to the Eiffel Tower after 8 pm to get some fresh air and see how the sun sets in Paris. It’s a magical experience!

Tickets from the Eiffel Tower website can be purchased only 2 months in advance. To be sure you get the date and time slot that you want in July, you can buy Eiffel Tower tickets more than two months in advance with Get Your Guide.

Click here to buy your Eiffel Tower tickets

EMBRACE PARIS BUSTLING SUMMER NIGHTLIFE

Paris in summer comes to life in the evening. You have great night festivals with live music, books, and food stalls and many concerts fill Paris’ biggest parks.

The area along the Seine banks is a fun place to be for waterside pétanque, drinks on the bar-péniches, or casual picnics dangling the feet over the water. 

Check out what to do in Paris at night

ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL FROM THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS

Rooftop bars in Paris
Photo courtesy: Terrass Hotel Montmartre ©

This is in our opinion one of the best things to do in Paris in July. Look for the best rooftop bars in Paris and see the city from above with your favorite cocktail in hand. Some of the best rooftop bars are located on the top of hotels, but they are also open to non-guests.

VERSAILLES FOUNTAIN SHOWS

Apollo Fountain - Versailles

One of the beautiful places to visit in Paris in July is Versailles (click here for our Versailles Guide). The Versailles Gardens are great to explore in the summer when all the grooves are open to the public, and the musical gardens and musical fountain shows take place.

We especially like the Musical Fountain show, when the fountains of Versailles and other water features are spouting to the rhythm of the music.

If you visit Paris in July, the Musical Gardens Show takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The Musical Fountains Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and on Wednesday 14th of July.

VISIT THE LOUVRE AT NIGHT

– Louvre night sessions unavailable until further notice –

Louvre at night

If you visit Paris in July, it is a good idea to visit the Louvre Museum at night. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Louvre is opened until 9.45 pm, and we like how the sculptures are lit up by the moonlight. Also, there are lesser crowds in the Louvre at night.

TIP: For the best Louvre experience, buy a skip-the-line ticket with an audio guide.

ENJOY THE PARKS OF PARIS

Luxembourg Gardens Summer

The parks in Paris are one of our favorite places to be in Paris in July. Relax and sunbathe by the ponds or look for a guinguette in the shade for a coffee or a cold drink.

EXPLORE THE OLD MONTMARTRE IN THE AFTERNOON

Montmartre is the highest part of Paris, and late in the afternoon is a great time to go to get some fresh air while exploring one of the most picturesque areas in Paris. This Stories of Old Montmarte walking tour covers the main sights of Montmartre. After the walk, look for a restaurant-terrace nearby for an alfresco dinner in one of the most beautiful areas of Paris.

SAIL THE PARISIAN CANALS YOUR OWN WAY

Electric Boat - Canal de l'Ourcq

Marin d’ Eau Douce, located at Bassin de la Villette in Paris 19, proposes electric self-drive boats for 5, 7, or 11 people. These electric boats do not require any boating license, and they are a fun way to explore Canal de la Villette and Canal de l’Ourcq, perhaps with a picnic on board and some rosé.

SUMMER FUN AT PARIS PLAGES

Paris Plages

Paris Plages is not only a tourist attraction. It is also the only opportunity for families with lesser revenues to experience some fun summertime without leaving the city.

Paris Plages takes place from mid-July to mid-August, and it is a fun place to be in Paris. Click here for the list of activities and locations.

GO ON A DAY TRIP

Château de Fontainebleau

If you are spending more than two days in Paris, grab a train and explore beyond the French capital. A good idea for July is to visit one of the castles near Paris. Enjoy its magnificent rooms and halls and also get the most out of its gardens.

Click here for other beautiful day trips from Paris

HAVE FUN AT L’ÉTÉ DU CANAL 2021

Été du Canal - Paris

L’Été du Canal is a fun event from 3rd of July to 15h August 2021 along the banks of Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis, in the 19th Arrondissement of Paris. The Été du Canal’s agenda is always full of cool activities for kids and adults along the canal or in the water.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN JULY IN PARIS 2021

Best way to see the Louvre

If you visit Paris in July 2021 for a cultural weekend, you may want to check what’s going on in the art galleries or the museums’ rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions, especially if you already know Paris.

Napoléon, l’Exposition at the Grande Halle de la Villette, from 14 April 2021 to 19 September 2021.

Gabrielle Chanel, Manifeste de Mode at Palais Galliera, from 19 May 2021 to 18 July 2021.

The World of Banksy: the Immersive Experience at Espace Lafayette Drouot (44 rue de Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 9), from 1 June 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Paris Vu par Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris seen by Henri Cartier-Bresson) at Musée Carnevalet, from 15 June 2021 to 31 October 2021.

L’Heure Bleue (Peder Severin Krøyer) at Musée Marmottan-Monet, from 19 May 2021 to 26 September 2021.

Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin (Dalí, the endless enigma) at Atelier des Lumières, from 12 February 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Gaudi, Architecte de l’Imaginaire at Atelier des Lumières, from 19 May 2021 to 4 July 2021.

The Paris of Raoul Dufy at Musée Montmartre, from 19 May 2021 to fall.

Paul Signac and the Néo-Impressionisme at Musée Jacquemart-André, from 19 May 2021 to 19 July 2021.

Divas Arabes. D’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida at the Institut du Monde Arabe, from 27 January 2021 to 27 July 2021.

Picasso-Rodin, a Giants’ Dialogue, mega exhibition in two sites – Musée Rodin and Musée Picasso -, from 19 May 2021 to 2 January 2022.

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR JULY IN PARIS?

Have a look at our articles Paris in June or August in Paris. Some of the activities suggested in these pieces are also great for July in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris in July

Find the right accommodation in Paris – whether it’s a hotel or guesthouse, holiday apartment, or private apartment. We have them all! Book your accommodation in your favorite neighborhood or near one of Paris’ tourist attractions by using the interactive map below.

Booking.com is our recommended site for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of hotels of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


SLEEP WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

If you have the budget, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?

Some of Paris’ top hotels come also with unique views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!

Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views

The good news is that a cozy room with Eiffel Tower views is not exclusive to the best hotels in Paris. If you are looking for a home from home, there are also cute apartments with view of Eiffel Tower to rent.

Check out the best apartments with view of Eiffel Tower


HOTELS AT SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS

Saint-Germain in the Left Bank is a beautiful neighborhood to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque, central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes and restaurant options.

Click here for the best hotels in Saint-Germain

RELAIS CHRISTINE, Paris 6, $$$$

Set in a 17th-century mansion in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is THE kind of hotel that comes to mind when we think about Paris and Saint-Germain. Check out the pictures, you will immediately fell in love with this hotel!

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HOTEL TRIANON RIVE GAUCHE, Paris 6, $$$$

Conveniently placed close to the Luxemburg Gardens – on the way to Cité – and with comfortable rooms bigger than the Paris average, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche is an excellent choice for this area and hotel category.

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WELCOME HOTEL, Paris 6, $$$

This cute little hotel with comfortable rooms has the best possible location, between Boulevard Saint-Germain and Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church. Stay in one of the most pretty areas for the best price!

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HOTELS AT THE LOUVRE DISTRICT

If you prefer to stay in the Right Bank, the Louvre District is a good option. Stay close to the Louvre, the Seine River, and the Tuileries Gardens, in a lively area with many bars and restaurants nearby.

Click here for the best hotels in the Louvre District

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HOTEL PARIS LOUVRE OPERA; Paris 1, $$$

This hotel set in a 17th-century building is located only a 5-minute walk from the Louvre in a lively area with many choices for dining out. The rooms are small but very clean, comfortable and cozy which make of this hotel is a good value for your money.

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HOTEL BRITANNIQUE: Paris 1, $$$

This lovely 19th-century hotel with a nice feel and atmosphere is located at only 700m of Notre Dame and close to other major landmarks. The comfortable rooms and beds and its welcoming staff will make you feel at home.

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And there you have it, the best of July in Paris to help you plan your coming trip to Paris in July 2021. Bon voyage!

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