Audrey Hepburn once remarked that Paris is always a good idea. Judging by the millions of people who travel there every year, that statement is true.

Like any city, some times of the year are better than others for visiting. One of those times is the month of May for a number of reasons.


1. Fewer Crowds

Thanks to its reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world, the month of February, specifically Valentine’s Day, sees an influx of visitors. In the summer months, when children are out of school and families take their annual vacations, the city is overrun by tourists angling for the best view of the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower. While May marks the beginning of summer, and crowds increase throughout the month, on most days you’ll be able to enjoy the city sights without long waits or large crowds.


2. Pleasant Weather

Parisian weather in May tends to be on the cooler side. The average temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s generally sunny. You might encounter a stray rain shower or two, but overall the days are sunny and mild with cooler nights. This means that when you are walking the streets or traipsing up the many stairs of the Metro, you’ll be comfortable.




3. Festivals and Events

France observes two national holidays in May. May 1 is Labor Day, honoring workers, and May 8 is Victory Day, marking the end of World War II. On these days most of the major tourist attractions and many businesses are closed, but visitors can still experience events and ceremonies commemorating the holidays. Paris is alive with activity throughout the month, hosting several major festivals and events. Tennis fans flock to Paris every May for the French Open tennis tournament and it’s possible to purchase same-day tickets to watch some of the world’s best tennis players.

Paris also celebrates Museum Night each May. On one night, all of the museums in the city are free to the public and offer special exhibits and events as well as extended hours, often well past midnight. Music lovers will enjoy the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Jazz Festival, a two-week celebration of jazz that takes place in clubs and venues around the city, with a number of free or low-cost concerts.


4. Relatively Cheaper

Paris is one of the more expensive European cities for tourists, but rates in the month of May tend to be lower than average. Flights and hotel prices are lower in the earlier part of the month than later, when the crowds start to build. Overall, May tends to be a cheaper month for travel. You can always find cheap flights to Paris during this month as well.




5. Paris at its Best

Paris is a beautiful city at any time of the year, but in May the landscape is truly spectacular. The gray and dreary days of winter give way bright sunshine, and the many parks and gardens burst with color. It’s possible to pack a picnic lunch — picking up a bottle of wine, some bread and cheese at one of the many markets — and spend an afternoon soaking up the atmosphere. In fact, a leisurely afternoon in one of Paris’ gardens is arguably Paris at its finest.

While a true Francophile can make a case for visiting Paris at any time, for a first-time visitor, it’s hard to beat Paris in May. From the pleasant temperatures and lower crowds to the festivals and flowers, it is an ideal time to visit and soak up the beauty, culture and romance that is distinctly Paris.


DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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12 Responses to “Paris in the Spring? 5 Reasons Why May is Ideal for a Paris Getaway” Subscribe

  1. Milena Yordanova August 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM #

    I have visited Paris twice in the autumn. Next time I should try to visit it in May. Maybe the weather will be warmer. 🙂

    • DJ Yabis August 13, 2014 at 2:36 AM #

      Yep and nicer with the flowers!

  2. Becky Padmore May 1, 2013 at 4:33 AM #

    I’ve only visited Paris when the weather has been bad, would love to see it it the sunshine one day!

  3. Porj March 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM #

    Is it really easy to get an approved visa application in the embassy of France instead of the embassy of Italy? Pleas help

    • DJ Yabis March 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM #

      I wouldn’t know. But the statistics show that French embassy approves more visa than other european embassies.

      • Arnold January 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

        I could not agree more with your article. I always visit Paris on the month of May from 2009 to 2012.

        To answer the question of Porj, one cannot just apply for a Schengen visa based on statistics as to which embassy approves more. The rule is to apply at the embassy of the country where you will stay the longest or where the main purpose of your trip will be done like to attend a conference, pilgrimage, or was invited by a friend.

        • DJ Yabis January 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM #

          Cool. You coming again this May?

          • Arnold January 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM #

            I am arranging a trip for our group who will visit France, Belgium and Italy in May but I am not joining the group this time. Maybe next year again. Merci!

  4. Bill February 27, 2013 at 2:57 AM #

    Could not agree more with this article. Visited Paris in May 2011 and it was phenomenal. No huge crowds, the city was bustling and the gardens were in bloom. Gorgeous

    • DJ Yabis February 27, 2013 at 3:08 AM #

      Yep. I try to avoid the popular cities during peak season coz its just horrible ;D

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