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Best Time to Visit Paris

You can pay a visit to Paris all round the year as all seasons and months have something or the other to offer to tourists. While spring’s (March-May) forte is the café terrace culture, blooming flora and breath-taking landscapes, summers (June to August) boasts of a slew of free festivals and open-air events, boat tours and outdoor activities. On the hand, when you look at the autumn (September-November) and winter season (December-February), the advantage comes in the form of reduced tourist traffic, low prices and convenient reservations in the accommodation of your choice. As for weather- the consensus is absence of extreme temperatures, thereby turning Paris as a year-round destination. However, if it’s the monsoons that are the cause of your worry, avoid the summer months when planning a trip to Paris.

Another reason for avoiding the trip during summer months, especially July and August - which is also the peak tourist season is that the whole of France goes on a holiday and tourist facilities are woefully low and understaffed. To top it all, the rush of tourists from outside France plague major attractions and public transport, making it rather frustrating to visit Paris during these months. However, if you still decide to go, don’t miss out on the following festivals and events: Saint Germain Jazz Festival and French Wine Fair in May, La Fête de la Musique, the Shakespeare and Company Literary Festival, Marais Festival and Paris Jazz Festival in June and July and August are graced by the Rock en Seine, Paris Summer Arts Festival, La Tour de France, Paris-Plage, Festival Musique en L’Ile and the La Villette Festival.

For tourists going in seasons of winter, spring and autumn, there are a number of festivals and events that’ll keep you satisfactorily entertained. While March and April are the months of Le Printemps des Poetes, Paris Fashion Week, Paris Film Festival and Banlieues Bleues, the autumn (September-October) and winter months (November-December) is the time for Paris Autumn Festival, Festival d’Automne, Grape Harvest Festival and Festival des Inrockuptibles.

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