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Seasons in Paris: What is the Best Season to Visit Paris?


2021 France Travel Update


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12/27/20

All About the Seasons of Paris

Paris is one of the most exciting places in the world. France’s capital is a perfect blend of traditional charm and modern wonders, with a thriving cultural scene.

What is the best season to visit Paris? What is the best month to visit Paris? Paris is always a good idea, and there’s never a bad time to visit Paris, as the city has a mild climate and extreme weather is rare. But there are definitely pros and cons to each season in Paris, and your visit will be different depending on the time of year.

From January to December, all the seasons in Paris are wonderful. A year-round destination, every Paris season brings its own advantages to visitors.

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Seasons in Paris

  • Spring in Paris – March to May
  • Summer in Paris – June to August
  • Fall in Paris – September to November
  • Winter in Paris – December to February

Spring in Paris – March to May

Spring in Paris

Spring in Paris is a delight, one of the best seasons of Paris. Temperatures are usually mild, and the crowds aren’t quite so intense, so it is good to explore Paris on foot or two wheels.

After the cold winter, spring in Paris sees the city slowly come back to life. The days are getting longer, Paris gardens fill up with magnolia and cherry blossoms, and the city’s numerous terrace-cafés start filling up with locals and tourists alike.

The Seine banks, forgotten during the winter, seem to reawaken with people strolling, cycling, or skating.

In Spring, there are many national holidays in France. There’s Easter holiday, school holidays, and many long weekends in May (1st May, 8th May, and Pentecost Monday). During these long weekends, expect more tourists and higher prices.

Key Events

  • Easter Holidays (March – April)
  • Musical Fountains Show at Versailles Gardens (April – October)
  • Foire du Trône (April)
  • Marathon of Paris (May)
  • 1st of May
  • Armistice Day, end of WWII on 8th May
  • Roland Garros – French Open Tennis Championship (May-June)

Weather

Weather in March is hit and miss, and you may get grey, rainy days. Actually, spring is one of the two rainiest seasons in Paris, with about 14% of the chances of rainy weather.

March starts chilly with daily highs of around 13°C. By May, the weather warms up to a pleasant 19°C, but nights remain pretty cold throughout the season.

Spring Months in Paris

Summer in Paris – June to August

summer in Luxembourg Gardens

Summer in Paris is not only the weather at its best but the season in Paris with the busiest social calendar. Music festivals, al fresco dining, shady café-terraces or rooftop bars under the stars, and open-air cultural events make the city appealing for travelers of all ages.

June and July are the most dynamic months in terms of cultural events and offers, with something always going on. In August, many Parisians go on holiday, leaving the city mostly to tourists.

Key Events

  • Fête de la Musique (June)
  • Tour de France (July)
  • The fireworks on the 14th of July, France’s National day
  • Paris Plages (July – August)
  • L’été du Canal festival at Canal de l’Ourcq (mid-July to mid-September)
  • Rock en Seine Festival (August)

Weather

In Paris, summer comes with daily highs of at least 26°C, accompanied by brisk nights of around 13°C. While these temperatures may not seem very high to some, keep in mind that humidity can make Paris feel warmer.

There are always 2-3 days of intense heat in July when it seems difficult to breathe. These unusual days of high temperatures are called canicule in French (heatwave).

Summer Months in Paris

Fall in Paris – September to November

Paris in the Fall

Fall in Paris is, in our opinion, one of the best seasons in Paris to visit. After the busy months of summer, crowds have thinned, and the city is finally back to the locals.

The days may be getting shorter, but the colors are blooming, and the parks and avenues with their autumn colors and fallen leaves are an inspiring sight.

September is the time to return to school and the office, but it is also the time of major trade fairs, the renewal of the exhibitions program, and funny treasure hunts around the city.

With the festival season in full swing, you will find many food and wine harvest festivals and interesting cultural events throughout this season in Paris.

Key Events

  • European Heritage Days (September)
  • White Night (October)
  • Fête des Vendanges – Wine Harvest Festival in Montmartre (October)
  • FIAC, International Contemporary Art Fair (October)
  • All Saints. on 1st November
  • Armistice Day (end of WWI), on 11th of November

Weather

It is possible to have fairly warm days until mid-October (called ‘Indian Summer’), so fall is still a good Paris season for spending time outdoors. After mid-October, be prepared for the occasional chilly rain shower and a bit of wind.

Fall Months in Paris

Winter in Paris – December to February

Winter in Paris

Winter in Paris is cold. The days tend to be short and grey, and rain and fog are frequent. However, there are good reasons to choose winter to go to Paris because this is the best season to visit Paris to avoid crowds.

December is the month of Christmas celebrations, and the city takes it very seriously with beautiful Christmas markets, Christmas lights, and Christmas decorations. It is also the perfect time for a hot chocolate, vin chaud in a Parisian café, and concerts and food events. After a few days break, the city gets festive again with the New Year’s celebrations.

January and February perhaps are not the best months for city strolls or to explore the countryside, but there are so many indoor activities that it is difficult to get bored in Paris. Festivals like Saint Valentine’s, the Chinese New Year, or the Carnival will definitely add some color to this season in Paris.

Key Events

Holidays in Paris

Christmas in Paris | New Year’s Eve in Paris

Weather

Expect daily highs of 8°C and nighttime temperatures near freezing. Snow occasionally covers the rooftops of Paris, but it does not last long. You are most likely to see rain: winter is tied with spring for the rainiest seasons in Paris.

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Winter Months in Paris

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