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

Paris in May: An Informative Guide For a Stunning Trip!

Paris and tourism are two terms that go hand in hand. Ever since its inception into the tourism world, there has been change in the love that has existed for the City of Lights. Such is its allure. The city somehow has an understanding of the fine balance that intrigues human imagination. A  city of magnanimous architecture and quaint streetside cafes, it appeals to everyone no matter how eclectic one’s taste may be. If you are planning to visit Paris in May, then congratulations! This is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit this gorgeous city. There are multitude of reasons for this. These range from – excellent climate to flower blooms and festivals to lesser crowds at attractions. So, with that in mind here is a handy blog to answer any burning questions you may have before your trip to Paris in May. 

 

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Weather in Paris in May

If you fancy summers as your favourite season then May is the perfect month for you to visit Paris. Paris in May enjoys a much-improved climate compared to the previous months. From here on out, visitors can look forward to plenty of sunshine and only a few light showers every now and then scattered throughout the month. 

This weather is a direct result of the geographical location of Paris. Owing to its location in north-central Europe, it experiences a traditional oceanic climate. This means that summers are hot and sunny, spring brings fluctuating temperatures and a mix of heat and rain. This makes the temperatures quite temperamental overall. 

Speaking in terms of numbers, the average temperature in Paris in May is 16 degrees Celsius. The temperatures increase during the days with the mercury touching up to 21 degrees Celsius. During the night, however, the lows can go as far as 11 degrees Celsius. There are about 9 hours of daylight to be seen every day which continually increases as we approach the end of the month. 

The average rainfall is recorded at 26 mm and is spread over 12 rainy days. Humidity levels are recorded at 67% and rarely drop below 50%

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Average temperature 16 degrees Celsius
Highs during days 21 degrees Celsius
Lows during nights11 degrees Celsius
Average rainfall26 mm
Humidity levels Average at 67%, rarely fall below 50%

Things to Do in Paris in May

1. Visit the Eiffel Tower 

Paris in May
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The Eiffel Tower not only represents French tourism but the entire industry. This metallic behemoth should certainly not be missed out on. It makes for a great photo op and the views are breathtaking as well. Even with the increase in the number of visitors, we advise you to include the Eiffel Tower in your itinerary. 

2. Visit the Louvre Museum

Everything about this museum is – magnificent. The structure is modern and the collection it houses is both exhaustive and compelling. A trip to Paris is incomplete without visiting the Louvre Museum

Also read: Paris in April: Weather, Things to do, Travel Tips and more!

3. Visit the Palace of Versailles

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The Palace of Versailles is a World Heritage Site. It has 2,300 rooms sprawling across a whopping 63,154 square metres. This place is sure to delight you with its rich architecture and you can also enjoy the Palace gardens. A simple stroll in its lush greenery is sure to uplift your day. 

4. Visit the Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle makes for a visual treat that’s simply too hard to beat. Its stained glass work is recognised all over the world. It houses numerous biblical relics which include Christs’s Crown of Thorns. 

Also read: 20 Best Things to Do in Paris – Excited to visit and explore?

5. Go on a Seine River Cruise

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The Seine River has attracted filmmakers and musicians for times immemorial now. Take a cruise on this iconic water body and you will get an entirely new perspective of the City of Lights. A dinner cruise is highly recommended as it is one of the signature romantic experiences that the city is famous for. 

6. Head to a music festival

There are plenty of musical events that are held in the month of May if you are looking to get your groove on. The Jazz festival in Saint Germain-des-Prés ( held from 16 April to 1st May ) and the Villette Sonique Festival ( held from 27th to 29th May ) are among the top local favourites. 

Also read: 10 Things To Do In Paris With Kids: For a Perfect Family Time!

7. Attend La Foire du Trône

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This festival is sure to be enjoyed by all the members of the family. This is the oldest ongoing fair with its origins all the way back in 957 when it was held in Lothaire. In the modern-day age, it comprises 350 stalls, rides, and attractions. It will be held from 1st April to 29th May. This makes for a worthwhile outing during your trip to Paris in May. 

8. Take a day trip to Loire Valley

Given the blooms and the weather, this is perhaps the best time to enjoy a trip to the Loire Valley. It is best known for all the Châteaux, all of the castles are open and visitors can have a much better experience before the peak season hits. 

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

9. Attend La Nuit des musées

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Museum night sees many of the top Paris museums open their doors for free ( yes, you read that right – for free ) until well into the late hours of the evening. It is scheduled to be held on the 18th of May with cultural centres like the Louvre, and Musée d’Orsay taking part as well.

What to Pack for Paris in May

  • Paris guidebook
  • A travel adapter/all-in-one adapter
  • Appropriate season based attire
  • Sturdy pair of shoes

What to Wear in Paris in May

  • A jacket 
  • Skirt 
  • Tights
  • T-shirts
  • Thin cardigans
  • Flat and comfortable shoes

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in May

  1. There are many observed ( official and unofficial ) holidays in the month of May. It is worth knowing when the city comes to halt. Following is a handy list of the holidays celebrated in the month of May.
    • May 1 is celebrated as Labour day and also the Mayday, except for essential services one can expect all other attractions to be closed. 
  2. Owing to the onset of the peak season, visitors will generally see an increase in the number of tourists overall. So, it is advisable to book your tickets and take care of accommodation arrangements in advance to avoid any surprises on your trip to Paris in May. 
  3. Learn a few basic words and phrases in French, this will not only help you communicate better with the locals but also make them open up and be a little more friendly towards you in your travels. 

Also read: 15 Romantic Places to Visit in Paris – Tomber Amoureux!

Where to Stay in Paris in May

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There is no definitive answer to what is the best place to stay in Paris. We can say that this decision eventually boils down to your budget. Having said that, a good rule of thumb is to have your accommodation arrangements be situated close to a metro station as this will facilitate ease of travel on your trip to Paris in May.

Following are some good options depending on your budget: 

  1. Best luxury hotels in Paris: Mandarin Oriental, Shangri La, Four Seasons George V
  2. Best boutique hotels in Paris: Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal, Saint James , Relais Christine
  3. Best midrange options: Hotel du College de France, France Louvre, Hotel des Grands Boulevards, Cler Hotel, Hotel Chopin
  4. Best affordable hotels: Vintage Gare du Nord, generator Paris, ibis Montmartre 18ème
  5. Best hotels for families: 
    • Luxury option: Four Seasons George V
    • Midrange option: Gardette Park Hotel
    • Affordable option: Staycity Aparthotel Gare de l’Est

Also read: 10 Most Romantic Hotels to Stay in Paris

 

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Festivals in Paris in May

Festival: Dates: 
Jazz Festival at Saint Germain des Prés16th – 21st May
Mother’s Day29th May
Night at the Museums 14th May
Throne Fair29th May
La Fête du Travail 1st May

Frequently Asked Questions for Paris in May

1. What are some good money-saving tips to be used for a trip to Paris? 

1. Given the active and friendly community, try staying with a local. 
2. All national museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of every month. So, plan your schedule accordingly to maximise savings. It is worth noting, however, that these days bring with them a significant rush of visitors to these art hubs. 
3. Dining in Paris can be expensive, and an easy fix to this is eating out during lunch. Many restaurants offer pre-fixed offerings which are similar to the dining options at a fraction of the price. 
4. The best way to save money has to be to take the process into your hands, i.e prepare your own meals. Most establishments offer kitchens. So, make the best use of them to save your money while on your trip to Paris in May.
5. Water is free and clean to drink. So, don’t spend on water and always carry a water bottle. 

2. How many bus lines are there in total in the Paris metro network? 

There are a total of 64 bus lines in the Paris metro network. 

3. What are some day trip options from Paris? 

Provins, Giverny, and various Châteaus make for great day trip options from Paris. 

Sit by the calm Seine River and have delicious french delicacies or explore the famous Louvre Museum. Paris is a perfect destination for everyone out there. Book an amazing Paris trip package or Paris honeymoon package from India at Pickyourtrail and have a dream-come-true vacation in Paris. You can also customise your France itinerary and plan a trip just as you want. It’s time to fly and spend some days French style!

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