Aloof, classic, with a hint of rebellion, classy with a touch of irreverence, the City of Light boasts countless highlights and only fully opens up to visitors who take their time here. City of Lights, did you say? Paris was given this nickname in the 17th century, when visitors marvelled at its dense public lighting that was ahead of its time, as well as the presence of lanterns in residents’ windows.
When to go
Paris is great to visit all year around, however the best time to visit the French capital is from March to October, when the temperatures are warmer with a minimum of 10° Celsius. The months of December, April and May tend to be the most rainy months.
Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture, late January
Six Nations Rugby Championship, all of February
Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais, late March
Paris Marathon, early April
Tennis French Open - Roland Garros, late May to early June
UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championship, mid-June to mid July
Tour de France Cycling Grand Tour, all of July
Paris Plages (Paris Beach), late July to late Augus
Fête de la Gastronomie (French Cuisine Festival), late September
FIAC Paris Contemporary Art Fair, late October
Paris Photo Fair at the Grand Palais, mid-November
Nautic Boat Show, early December
There are more than 17.000 taxis that operate in Paris all day and night long. You can hail them in the street, find them at a taxi rank or book one through one of the Parisian taxi firms. The minimum fare is 7.00€ and then applies a 1.05 to 1.56€ fare per km depending on journey and time of the day. Some additional charges may apply.