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France in July – Your Guide to A Perfect French Holiday

For more than three decades, France has been the most popular tourist destination in the world. Tourists are drawn to France because of its exquisite food, roads lined with chateaux, superb wines, and cosmopolitan culture. July is the hottest month of the year, with the water at its warmest, the sky at its clearest, and thrilling events taking place all across the nation, like as the rigorous Tour de France. It’s the ideal month to get outside and see and do everything. This is also the month of Bastille Day, France’s most important holiday, which is commemorated across the country. This monthly guide will give you all you need to know. Let us now Explore the Biggest French Holiday.

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Weather in France in July

Overall, July is one of the hottest months in France (second only to August), with daily highs of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and lows of 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) in Paris. Heatwaves have occurred in recent years, notably in late July, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s (mid-30s).

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Pack light layers with your swimsuit (the sea is now a solid 73 degrees Fahrenheit/23 degrees Celsius), sunscreen, and a sweater for those chilly evenings. Though, if you’re in Paris, you’ll want to have your umbrella handy because the city is prone to short thunderstorms, which can disrupt your day at any time.

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Things to Pack for France in July

Important items to bring with you on your trip include:

  • An umbrella to protect you from the sun and rain.
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and a decent sunscreen are all recommended.
  • Clothing made of cotton for days
  • For colder evenings, light thermals are recommended.

Festivals in France in July

Due to the summer season, all museums are open and busy, and all significant attractions extend their hours of operation until late at night. In July, traders and store owners set up tantalising booths in the streets, making France a shopping paradise. Due to the huge volume of visitors throughout the summer, travel and flight might be costly. In France, July is also commemorated by variety of events, including:

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  • Bastille Day involves a dance celebration and a military parade in the capital, Paris. Locals and visitors alike are generally treated to a spectacular show of fireworks.
  • The Loire International Garden Festival is an annual event that takes place from April to October. The grounds and castle of Chaumont are well worth a visit. You may meet people who are passionate about gardening and learn a lot about garden design.
  • Festival d’Avignon: Since 1947, the Palais des Papes courtyard has hosted the Festival d’Avignon every July. This is an annual arts festival, and art lovers are guaranteed to have a good time while there.

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Top 3 Places to Visit in France in July

1. Marseille

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Marseille is France’s second-largest city and a significant port. Additionally, with its idyllic environment, is home to mediaeval buildings, Roman remains, as well as many businesses and academic campuses. The ancient harbour, which is controlled by a handful of mediaeval forts, is the city’s heart. Shops, bars, and waterfront cafés abound in this lively and bustling area of the city.

2. Paris

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The French capital is perhaps the most visited tourist attraction on the planet. Paris is known as the “City of Love” for its cuisine, fashion, art, and romantic ambiance. Every year, nearly 50 million people visit iconic landmarks such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Paris, without a doubt, should be at the top of your list of locations to visit.


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3. Bordeaux

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Bordeaux, a port city, is famed for its ancient architecture, excellent shopping, charming towns, and, of course, its grapes. Many people come to see the Gothic era cathedrals, ancient bridges, and over 300 historical sites in the city centre. Due to a beautiful mirror-like appearance, the Place de la Bourse, one of the numerous plazas, gives excellent photo possibilities.

Top 3 Things to do in France in July

1. Explore The Chateau d’if

The Chateau d’if is a fortress on an island in the Mediterranean, just off the coast of Marseille. It was built in 1524 as a way to defend Marseille from invaders. The chateau later became a fortified jail for political prisoners. However, this Chateau is most famous as a setting for Alexander Dumas prison break novel – The Count of Monte Cristo. Visit the place if you want to see it in all its stone cold grandeur.

2. Hike In Les Calanques

Les Calanques, a series of tiny fjords near Cassis, are encased in steep dolomite or limestone cliffs. Exploring these gorgeous fjords on foot might take up to a day. If you don’t want to trek, you may take a boat ride across the waterways. During the summer months of July and August, Samna is a popular calanque. If you’re a scuba diver, this is a must-see location.

3. Go Medieval In Petite France

Petite France is a charming little village in Strasbourg that dates back to the 16th century. It’s a beautiful spot to just relax or enjoy a walk with your loved one, with half-timbered homes, canals, and cobblestone streets. It also boasts a variety of dining alternatives, including outdoor cafés and restaurants where you may enjoy classic French cuisine.

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Events in France in July

  • The Tour de France is a cycling race that takes place every year in In July, the world’s most famous cycling tournament takes place for three weeks (precise dates and routes change each year). Even if you have no intention of attending a bicycle event, you should look over the itinerary.
  • Bastille Day is a French holiday commemorating the fall of the Bastille (Bastille Day). On July 14, a national holiday is observed across the country to commemorate the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, which was one of the first important events leading up to the French Revolution.
  • Avignon Festival The annual arts festival in Avignon takes place in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace), as well as various sites across the city, and features a French or world premiere of a new musical or theatrical performance.

France has a little bit of everything to see and do all throughout the nation. I hope you’ve come up with a better strategy for your future visit to France. Take a look at our France tour packages and France honeymoon packages. At Pickyourtrail, you can also customise your itinerary to suit your needs.

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