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Weather in Paris

When is the best time of year weather wise to visit & how much

time should be allowed to cover the basics?



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1. Re: Weather in Paris

That is a question that depends much on you.

The cheapest times of year are probably October/November and January-March, with the important caveat that you need to avoid Fashion Week and perhaps Paris Photo.

The best weather in Paris (for balanced temperature and least rain) is probably June and September.

Paris a New Year's goes a bit wild, and can be fun.

My answer is that the best time to go to Paris is whenever you can stay the longest. In my opinion, less than five days to a week doesn't do justice to the city, but you'll find plenty of 2-3 day itineraries around this forum. Paris rewards seeing it slowly, on foot, and either without a pre-arranged agenda or with a flexible and minimalist one.

If you just want to tick some boxes (Tour Eiffel, Mona Lisa, Musee d'Orsay, Arc de T, Notre Dame, ...) then you can go any time and for any length of time.

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We just got back from Paris and surprisingly in mid May the temperature was in the 50s, perhaps lower in the evenings, but that was perfect for all the walking and wearing a light jacket was fine. Two years ago we were there in January and maybe we were lucky because it was more mild than we expected. A hidden value of going in January or any of the winter months is that without leaves on the trees you really get to see the amazing architecture mostly unobstructed.

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Thanks for the info.

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Paris got down to 3.7° yesterday, breaking the low temperature record from 1887.

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We spent 11 days on our first trip and barely covered the basics. But many people have a great time in 7 days.

Basics include a dauntingly long list:

Notre Dame *and surroundings*

Sainte-Chapelle (nearby Notre Dame)


Tuileries Gardens

D'Orsay (and L'Orangerie if at all possible)

Walking along the Seine, passing over some famous bridges

Most people want to go up the Eiffel Tower (get tickets early)

Arc de Triomphe (fine seen from a distance, in my view, but should be seen)

Night time tour of Paris so that at least one can see the lighted buildings and perhaps the outside of the Moulin Rouge (a touristic favorite)

Montmartre and Sacre Coeur

Rodin Gardens and Museum

Luxembourg Gardens

At least one market street (Rue Montorgueil is popular)

And there's so much more, depending on your interests. Medieval buildings, amazing walks, a museum for any interest you might have, the view of ET from Trocadéro, and of course, some people find it necessary to take a day trip out of Paris to Versailles or Giverny (for us, it was Chartres first).

The above list doesn't include some fairly famous places (Centre Pompidou/Stravinsky Fountain; Isle Saint-Louis) or activities (boat tour, fine dining, shopping).

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