Long sunny days and light evenings were just made for exploring Paris – think romantic picnics eating brie and baguette in front of the Eiffel Tower, or lounging with an espresso outside a chic café. But as well as these classic holiday favourites, summer is the time when the city really comes into its own, with the warmer weather bringing a whole host of new and exciting events. So grab your sunglasses – here are the spots you should be visiting in and around Paris this summer.
Paris Plages (or Paris Beaches)
Sun, sand and palm trees may not be the first thing you think of when imagining the City of Love, but every summer the Paris Plages bring the beach to the riverbanks. From July to September, the edge of the River Seine is transformed into a coastal haven complete with umbrellas, deckchairs and of course bucketloads of sand. Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink in the sun, or why not try one of the many activities that come along with it? Throughout the summer the Paris Plages host all kinds of events, from tai chi and ballroom dance classes to free evening concerts. The more adventurous can whizz over the river on a zipwire or test their paddling skills with a kayak or canoe. Challenge friends to a game of volleyball or simply go for a refreshing swim – whatever your style, you’ll love this holiday resort right in the heart of the city.
La Fête Foraine des Tuileries
Situated in the stunning Jardin des Tuileries, La Fête Foraine des Tuileries promises a day of traditional fairground fun. Now in its 30th year, the site hosts around 60 different attractions – from a vintage 1900 wooden carousel to cool ice palaces, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. You may be surprised how peaceful this festival is – the entire area is sound-free so visitors can enjoy the serenity of the garden. In the evening, open-air concerts and jazz performances provide the soundtrack to a romantic evening’s stroll.
Claude Monet’s House & Gardens, Giverny
A short drive to Giverny will take you right into the scenes of Claude Monet’s iconic paintings. The 19th century artist took huge pride in his house and gardens, and when you’re strolling through the luscious landscape in full bloom, it’s easy to see why. Open from March until November, summer is a perfect time of year to see the inspiration behind his paintings, with a sea of flowers in a range of incredible colours. Once you’ve strolled through the gardens, step inside the replication of Monet’s charming pastel house, complete with a canary yellow dining room and baby blue kitchen. Just in front of Monet’s house, Les Nympheas restaurant offers a three-course menu of dishes that were served at the artist’s dinner table.
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