There’s nothing more romantic than spending time in Paris: apart from spending time in Paris during midsummer. In June the warm weather has arrived, and the parks and gardens of the city of love come alive with laughter and music.
One of the biggest draws for people visiting Paris in June is the Paris Midsummer Fireworks. This annual event takes place on 24June, and involves a magnificent display, set from the Ile Saint Louis. There are plenty of great places to watch the fireworks as you can see them from all over the city. You could even see them from your room if it has good view over Paris. Popular places amongst locals include the Quai Saint Bernard, anywhere along the banks of the Seine, and the Sacre-Coeur at the top of the Butte in Montmartre.
That’s one evening’s entertainment sorted, but thankfully there are lots of other events going on around this time. The Paris Jazz Festival runs from the 8June to 28July in the Parc Floral de Paris. The shows are free when you buy a ticket to get into the park, which is one of the most beautiful spots in the French capital.
There are quite a few summer events for music lovers of all descriptions. If you’re on a romantic city break, don’t miss out on the Chopin Festival. Set in the Orangerie in Parc le Bagatelle, even the stoniest hearts will melt as musicians from around the world play some of the most beautiful romantic music.
If you’re in the city on the 21st (the longest day of the year) check out the Fete de la Musique. Live bands from around the globe play for free throughout the city. It’s open to amateurs and professionals alike, so expect lots of interesting and diverse sounds.
The 23rd is also set to be a big night out this year, as it’s the five year anniversary of Paris’s public bike system. To celebrate, the mayor’s office is throwing a 24 hour festival on the Champs Elysees, starting on Saturday the 23rd and ending on 24th. It’s going to have a cycling theme with various competitions, but there will also be music and other festivities to keep non-cyclists entertained.
If you’re planning a budget trip, it’s a good idea to look for cheap tickets to Paris now. June is a great time for bargain hunters as the summer sales start on the 29th, just in time for the traditional August vacations where the trendiest of Parisians hit the beaches of the Ile de Re. The 29th is also the day chosen for this year’s Gay Pride Parade. This is a colourful and joyful event, starting at Montparnasse and ending in the Place de la Bastille for an enormous street party.
And as if that isn’t enough, the Tour de France starts that day too. The race begins in Corsica, but there’s no better way to absorb the culture of Paris than by jumping into a little bar and watching the race start with some locals, over some beer.
Author Bio: Ralph Cohen is a freelance travel writer with a mission: visit a new country every 3 months. Although he currently lives in the UK, he loves France and is always looking for cheap train tickets to Paris to visit the French capital whenever he has some free time.