Surviving Paris during the Tourist Season

May 6, 2013

in Europe,France,Paris

The summer season is probably the busiest time of year in Paris. Starting in May, tourists flock to the ‘City of Love’ to witness the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s most stunning cities. It is considered an open air museum with its sightseeing hotspots and rich culture. Traveling to the city during its tourist season may not be the best for those who do not like huge crowds. However, if you love big, bustling cities, there are ways on how you can endure Paris during its peak season.


The summer months, particularly in June, are a great time to enjoy a romantic Paris getaway. The mood is laidback but fun and lively with many people out and about on the streets. Since Paris is hailed as the City of Love, an evening stroll is “très romantique”, starting around the Louvre to the Tuileries Garden.

With your special someone, do not forget to taste the exquisite food in cosy restaurants. Make your reservations ahead of time though, since many restaurants can become noisy and jam-packed with crowds during dinnertime. After eating, climb to the top of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, which features breath-taking sights. There is a romantic restaurant at the top for a romantic meal with a spectacular view. To avoid long queues for the tower, which can sometimes last several hours, prebook your ticket several days before and skip the queues on the night.

Whether you have a romantic getaway planned or you simply want to spend one night in Paris, it is essential that you have a place to stay. Fortunately, the city has many hotels for both the budget-conscious and those looking for luxury boutiques. To avoid finding that the city centre hotels are fully-booked on arrival, you should book a hotel before you go on your trip.

Stay in an area easily accessible to where you would like to visit and choose accommodation that matches your taste and budget. For instance, if you are planning to experience the core of French culture, the best place to start is in the Latin Quarter. This is where the La Sorbonne University is located. The area is home to many renowned monuments so this is also a great spot to walk around on a warm day. In this part of the city, accommodation can be quite affordable. However, prices increase as you get near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a trendy area where famous cafés and expansive gardens are found.

Since it is the summer season, you can expect the weather to be hot, averaging around 62°F. Paris also rains during the summer and June is often the time when thunderstorms occur. Make sure you pack clothes for both cool and hot days and don’t forget to bring your umbrella, just in case!

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