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Paris in July [2020] Quick Guide by a Local

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06/19/20

July in Paris [2020]

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 in 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.

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

However, this Paris in July 2020 will be special: after the world pandemic and lockdown, some people might decide to wait a bit before traveling again so people who travel to Paris during the first months after lockdown will be able to experience the City of Lights almost entirely to themselves. Paris in July 2020 will be a golden opportunity, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Paris as its best and without crowds!

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Is Paris in July busy? Crowds Forecast

Paris in July is very busy!

Despite the hot weather, July in Paris is the high season, when most of the people have holidays, and it is a must to book accommodation and tickets to the main attractions and shows well in advance.

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

PARIS JULY 2020. As mentioned above, we expect to see lesser crowds this July in Paris. However, we also expect to see the main tourist attractions reducing their quota of daily visitors to avoid big gatherings so booking well in advance for a trip to Paris in July is always a good idea.

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

Canicule is the French word for “heatwave” and 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, avoid physical activities and sports, protect your head from the sun with a hat, and drink lots of water.

What to Wear in Paris in July [2020]

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 not a bad idea.

If you are wondering 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

Check out the latest updates, do’s and don’ts, and our best tips for visiting Paris after lockdown:

If you are visiting Paris for the first time and you 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 by challenging. Check out our best tips for using the Parisian metro in the summer.

Need insurance for France? Be sure to check France travel insurance rates and coverage with our recommended provider, SafetyWing.

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 2020:

CLIMB UP THE EIFFEL TOWER BEFORE SUNSET

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 the Eiffel Tower after 8 pm so 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 for more than two months in advance with Get Your Guide.

EMBRACE PARIS BUSTLING SUMMER NIGHTLIFE

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

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

Click here for some of our favorite activities in Paris at night (all seasons). Also, make sure you check in Google what’s on in Paris on the specific days you are there for a full list of options.

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 open also to non-guests.

VERSAILLES FOUNTAIN SHOW

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 fountains shows take place. We especially like the Musical Fountain show, with their water features spouting to the rhythm of the music.

If you are visiting Paris in July, the Musical Gardens Show takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays until 30 October 2020 whilst the Musical Fountains Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday from until 1 November 2020.

VISIT THE LOUVRE AT NIGHT

If you are visiting 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.

For the best Louvre experience, get 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 guinguette on 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 Canal de la Villette in Paris 19, proposes electric self-drive boats for 5, 7, or 11 people. These electric canal boats do not require any kind of boating license and they are a fun way to explore Canal de la Villette and Canal de l’Ourcq, perhaps with picnic on-board and some rosé.

SUMMER FUN AT PARIS PLAGES

Paris Plages

Paris Plages is not only a tourist attraction, but it is also the only opportunity for families with lesser revenues to experience some fun summertime without leaving the city. The City Council already confirmed that Paris Plages will take place also in July – August 2020, perhaps a bit lighter. Click on our Paris Plages post for the latest updates, when available.

GO ON A DAY TRIP

Château de Fontainebleau

If you are spending more than 2 days in Paris, grab a train and explore beyond the French capital. A good idea for the month of July is to visit one of the castles near Paris. Enjoy its magnificent rooms and halls and get also the most out of its gardens.

Click here for other beautiful day trips from Paris

HAVE FUN AT L’ÉTÉ DU CANAL

L’Été du Canal is a fun event that takes place in July and August along the banks of Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis. Get ready to party, have a drink by the canal, or dance in a summer guinguette or on a boat.

LE 14 JUILLET – NATIONAL DAY IN FRANCE

Wrongly named Bastille Day abroad, Le 14 Juillet 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, go to 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.

UPDATE: this year 2020 the traditional military parade along the Champs-Elysées will be replaced by a military ceremony at Place de la Concorde, in Paris. This ceremony will play also tribute to medical staff and caregivers and will include an air parade.

Where to Stay in Paris in July

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.


HOTEL 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


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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We hope you enjoyed this Paris in July 2020 quick guide and it helped you plan your July in Paris. Bon voyage!

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