Paris is considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Love is around every corner in Montmartre, in the tiny very French brasseries, you can feel it in the festive almost-beehive atmosphere on the magical Champs Elysees and it is emphasized by the little love heart locks on the bridges arching royally over Seine. It is home to the famous Louvre museum, the stunning Versailles palace, wonderful alleys and gardens and the elegant Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. Millions of tourists come annually here to see these fascinating cultural and historical landmarks, to feel that purely French romance, and to enjoy the Fruits de Mer and the pastries that resemble pieces of art! Paris can be quite expensive, especially during the high season. If you want to marvel at the Parisian beauty and stay within a budget, it is best to travel here in May.
Paris in May is a true celebration of Spring – the flowers are blooming everywhere, the city is shaking off the last signs of a slow winter and is colored in bright shades of green, red, pink and yellow! Temperatures range between 50 and 59°F and it’s a wonderful mix of warm weather and occasional light afternoon showers. Make sure to bring a sweater, a pair of comfortable shoes and a small umbrella.
Paris in May is still not the peak season where the hotels and airfare cost a small fortune, yet the prices are a little higher than in the winter. If booked in advance, you can save on the airplane tickets and book an affordable accommodation with the Early Bird special discounts.
Visiting Paris in May is perfect for long walks around the city, short trips to nearby villages, and especially to the Versailles Palace, where the gardens are filled with an abundance of flowers and blooming chestnuts. You can enjoy a picnic in the park, for example in the Bois de Boulogne or the Bois de Vincennes. You also have the opportunity to watch the Roland Garros Tennis Tournament and get the closest picture of the Mona Lisa masterpiece, or a selfie at the Eiffel Tower with less than a hundred people in the background, as is the case during other months in Paris.
Among the various celebrations and festivals that take place in Paris, don’t miss the annual Museum Nights, with special exhibitions and shows held at various Museums in the city; the celebration of the Victory Day in the WWII and the Jazz Festival that takes place in the Bois de Vincennes.
Though Paris in May is not considered to be the high season, there are multiple things to do and see, and weather permitting, you can spend the days outside walking, breathing in that particularly sweet scent of blooming flowers and marveling at the pristine beauty of everything Parisian.