ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Paris is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations: over 70 million visitors from around the world flock to the French capital each year. Its historic and cultural appeal is nearly limitless, so we shouldn’t need to convince you to go. The question is, when should you go? We asked UTrip.com, a new site specializing in highly personalized travel planning, to weigh in on this Hot Topic series…
Despite the temptation of unbeatable weather, summer is not exactly the best time to visit Paris. Many Parisians use their generous paid vacations to flee to exotic locales during July and August, going sunbathing on the Riviera, yachting in the Mediterranean, or seeing the Pyramids in Egypt. Because of this, many shops and restaurants are closed during these months, and you’ll have a hard time finding that authentic French experience that you envisioned. The population vacuum is quickly filled by gawking tourists, and your photo of the Winged Victory at the Louvre will probably turn out a lot like this:
Of course, if you love wading through tour groups of curiously dressed Europeans and awestruck Americans, then plan your trip for the end of July like everybody else. For a more satisfying experience, discover the Parisian season that that authors and poets have long been enamored with: spring. Paris is lovely at any time of the year, but the scene is truly breathtaking as the weather gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom. To make things more tempting, flights and hotel rooms are cheaper during the months of March, April, and May. Several wonderful events and festivals take place around this time, too, like the French Open tennis tournament (begins on May 26th), the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival (May and June), and the Night of Museums (May 18th).
Come back next week for part two of this Hot Topic series where we’ll reveal some Parisian springtime travel tips.