Summer in Paris
Summer is a great time to visit Paris as it's the season when everyone heads outdoors to celebrate the long days and sunshine with a series of free events, concerts, festivals, off-beat celebrations, and even a pop-up public beach along the Seine. Everyone left in the city, that is: summer is also the season when Paris residents head out of town for a seaside break, so the city is emptier than usual.
Boutique-Homes.com has just welcomed into our collection several affordably priced and ideally located Paris apartments for rent that are the perfect place to stay while exploring all the unique experiences Paris has on offer in the summer months. Check out our favorites below, along with a list of cool stuff to do while you're there.
What To Do:
If you're into music, get your tickets for Rock en Seine (a 3-day festival held on the outskirts of town) or plan to be in town for Fete de la Musique, an all night street party that features musicians of all genres playing on every corner and in every cafe. There's also the Paris Jazz Festival that runs for 8 weeks in June.
There's plenty of cool summer events geared towards film and art aficionados as well. During July and August, many Parisians head up to Parc de la Villette, sunchairs and blankets in tow, to take in movies under the stars at Cinema en Plein Air. Check out their website to see what will be playing during your vacation. Paris Quartier d'Eté (Summer Arts Festival) is another monthlong celebration that features (generally) free performances of dance, music, and theater all over the city.
Of course, no Paris summer guide would be complete without Bastille Day, France's independence day. It's celebrated annually with lively firework shows, picnics, military parades, public dances, and free admission to museums around the city. Check out the official guide here.
For something truly special, book a vacation in Paris for the month of August to enjoy Paris-Plages, an event that turns the busy expressway beside the Seine into a pedestrian-only zone and sandy "beach" complete with sun chairs, umbrellas, palm trees, ice cream vendors, and everything else that one would want from a beachside vacation. Check out this article on Been Seen all about Paris-Plages for full details!
Where to Stay:
Nadia's 1-bedroom apartment is in a great area in Le Marais, just minutes from Place des Vosges and the Saint-Paul Metro Stop. It accommodates 2 guests and rents for €175 per night (3 night minimum). Book now.
Craving a touch of luxury in your Paris vacation? Try this cosmopolitan 3-bedroom apartment located a block away from the Louvre and the Tuileries, as well as within walking distance of many top-rated restaurants and 5-star hotels. Place Vendome Apartment accommodates up to 6 guests and rents for €2580 per week. Book now.
Creative travelers have always been drawn to the artistic Montmartre neighborhood of Paris which is famous for winding streets, cool clubs, funk shops, and hip population (not to mention a long and storied history). Sacre Coeur Apartment has amazing views of the Clos Montmartre–the "secret" vineyard behind the cathedral–and is located on the 6th floor of a secure building. The apartment accommodates 4 guests in 2-bedrooms and rents for €2040 per week. Book now.
If you're looking for something more affordable (but still chic!) in the 18th Arrondissment, check out Moulin Rouge Apartment. The a spacious and sunny flat for accommodates up to 4 guests and is within walking distance of Sacre Couer and La Place des Abbessess. The apartment was decorated by an antiques dealer for an extra-luxurious touches. It rents for €900 per week. Book now.