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Paris in July
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on May 5, 2022 Share on

Paris in July: A Complete Guide To Making the Most of Paris Summer

Introduction

Paris is among the world’s most charming destinations. This makes the City of Lights one of the most frequented travel destinations in the entire world. If you are planning for a trip to Paris in July then you are in for a riot of festivities and fun. The mild weather coupled with sunny days makes it the perfect time for exploring the cobbled walkways as well as the historical monuments. In addition to the weather, this season also marks the prime tourist season and is the time for a plethora of outdoor activities. Tourists can take their pick from outdoor gigs, sunbathing near the Seine, and so much more. So, it is safe to say that Paris in July makes for an ideal travel plan. Keeping that in mind, here are a few topics that will help you in your upcoming travels: 

 

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Weather in Paris in July

July is among the hottest months of the year in Paris. So, if you love sunshine then it is the best time to head to Paris. The weather is generally hot and sunny with few light showers sparsely present around the month. These weather conditions are due to the influence of the North Atlantic Current. As a result, summer days are warm with the mercury touching up to the mid-20s around noon time. Summers are also the time for heatwaves which can push temperatures up even higher, think of the mercury hitting as much as the 30s on the scale. Speaking in terms of numbers: temperatures can range from 16 – 25 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is limited to 21 mm which is spread over 11 days. One can easily expect up to 10 hours of sunshine per day that can extend to 13 as the month progresses. Humidity levels are around 64% with sea temperatures at a balmy 16 degrees Celsius. Following is a table that summarises all the important info pertinent to the weather in Paris in July. 

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Temperature range16 – 25 degrees Celsius
Average rainfall21 mm 
Daylight hours10 hours ( increases up to 13 )
Humidity levels 64%
Average sea temperatures16 degree Celsius

Things to Do in Paris in July

1. Enjoy a Parisian-style Picnic: 

A picnic is among the best things to enjoy while in Paris. While some might say Paris lacks green spaces, this is simply not true. One needs to know where to look and they can find plenty of spots to have a fun day out. Hit the supermarket shelves before proceeding on to spaces like Canal Saint-Martin or even the Seine to enjoy your tasty treats along the water’s edge. Other excellent options you can consider are: PArc Monceau or the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This makes for one of the best experiences in Paris in July. 

2. Take part in the Bastille Day celebrations: 

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July 14th marked the onset of the French Revolution, it is the birthday of France as we know it today. This celebration is also well known as the La Fête da la Bastille. One can enjoy a diverse array of firework displays, summer festivities and a lot of special events all crammed into one fun-filled day. While there are celebrations all over France to celebrate this special day, Paris is the place to be as the festivities take place on a grander scale here compared to anywhere else in the country. 

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3. Discover the Paris Plages: 

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During the month of July, visitors can expect artificial sandy pop-up beaches all over the city. This phenomenon takes place, especially on the Seine near Notre Dame as well as Bassin de la Villette. These spots are all collectively dubbed the – “ Paris Plages ”. Unlike beaches, however, topless sunbathing or swimming isn’t allowed. One can, however, enjoy a fun day out relishing refreshing drinks and ice-creams. While dates are not confirmed at the time of writing, we suggest you keep an eye out for this one as it sure makes for a jolly day out while in Paris in July. 

4. Go for a screening at an open-air cinema: 

If you are on the lookout for an authentic taste of summer ( Parisian style ) then we suggest you head to the 19th district’s Parc de LA Villette from mid-July. One can enjoy open-air film screenings here on a daily basis with foreign films shown in their original language ( with French subtitles, of course ! )

5. Go out on a day trip: 

If you are looking to explore more of France, then day trips are your way to do it. While some towns tend to get busier, there are some others which are inherently less touristy and hence offer a calm and tranquil escape. Some of the best day trip options that you should consider are – Meaux, Compiegne, and Senlis. AS we mentioned earlier all these locales are blessed with lesser compared to say, Versailles or Provins. 

Also read – 10 Best Day Trips from Paris for a Scenic Getaway

6. Splurge in the Summer sales (or “ soldes ”):

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Sales are governed all over France by the government. This means that annually stores are allowed to host only 2 sales at most. This is great as customers can enjoy some of the best deals during this duration. And this is even better for you lot planning to visit Paris in July as this month is the time for one of the two annual sales. So. head to the stores from 22nd to 19th of July and splurge on some fashion-forward items that are oh, so chic! 

7. Head to the secret village of Paris: 

Summers in Paris can get extremely busy, owing to the height of the peak season in addition to the schools closing for holidays. Needless to say, one might get fed up with the crowds sooner or later. What one needs in such a scenario is some peace and quiet. If you are looking for some solitude then we suggest you head to Butte Aux Cailles or Cité Florale for a leafy scenery and an oasis of tranquillity. 

What to Pack for Paris in July

Following are some handy items one should carry on their trip to Paris in July:

  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrellas
  • Hats
  • Wind-jacket
  • Sunglasses

What to Wear in Paris in July

Following are some good clothing options one can look at while visiting Paris in July: 

  • Capris 
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Swimwear
  • Cotton tops
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sneakers

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Best Tips for Visiting Paris in July

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in July
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  • Carry an Umbrella: 

While we have mentioned earlier under the weather section that the climate in Paris generally tends to be warm, one can still expect surprise showers every now and then. So, we suggest you always keep an umbrella handy. 

  • Explore the Downtown areas: 

Each alleyway can prove to be a fantastic photo op in its own right. So, we suggest you take some time to explore. You might just end up taking several ( hundred ) photos in front of charming residences and street fronts while on your trip to Paris in July.

  • Keep comfortable footwear: 

Paris has been rated among the best cities to explore on foot. So, feel free to slip into your most comfy pair of shoes and enjoy the joy of self-discovery all on your own. 

  • Prepare accordingly for the Paris Plages: 

Owing to the setting, we suggest you carry appropriate summer attire to make the most of these places. Oh, and don’t forget to carry ( or top off ) your sunscreen

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Where to Stay in Paris in July

1. The Hoxton Paris, 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris:

This establishment was opened in mid-2017 and is one of the newer offerings from the chic and boutique hotel chain. It’s the perfect place to stay if you fancy yourself some excellent cocktails. It is also located in close proximity to attractions like the Seine River and the Louvre, so you’ll never be too far away from all the action. 

2. Hôtel Fabric, 31 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris: 

Located in a former textile factory at the core of the 11th Arrondissement, this Parisian district is famous for several reasons. One can enjoy great nightlife, quirky eateries, and independent bars as well. Owing to its residential nature, it is sure to provide a much-needed respite from the visiting crowds during the summers. 

 

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3. Le Pavillon des Lettres, 12 Rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris: 

This is the accommodation option for you if you fancy yourself a bibliophile. This establishment focuses on Paris as a literary city. As a bonus, some of the rooms here also offer stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. 

Also read –10 Most Beautiful Parks in Paris, France- Se perdre dans la beauté!!

Festivals in Paris in July

Following is a list of the festivals that you can take part in Paris in July: 

Festivals in Paris in July
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Bastille Day14th July
Firemen’s BallJuly 13th and 14th
Japan Expo 14th – 17th July
Fountains Night Show11th June to 17th September
Tour De France1st to 24th July

FAQs on Paris in July

Q- What are some important emergency contact numbers?

A- Following are some of the most important emergency contact numbers that can prove useful on your trip to Paris: 
medical help: 15
police assistance: 17
fires and accidents: 18
SOS: 112

Q- What is Vélib? 

A – Vélib is a bike-sharing system available in Paris. Customers can reny from the 20,000 bikes in circulation from over 1,000 docking stations. The cycles come in both mechanical and electrical states of tune. Different passes are available on offer that allows for rental starting for a day up to 7 days. Fares start from 5 Euros. 

So, are you convinced about visiting Paris in July? It is just a perfect month to visit and delve into the city’s culture. Pickyourtrail is a great platform to book the best Paris tour packages from India or Paris honeymoon packages from India to have an unforgettable vacation. You can also customise your France itinerary and plan your trip according to your choices and preferences. So, when are you booking a package and flying to the love city?

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