Paris boasts an enviable list of summer entertainment and this year is no different with lots of events planned for the rest of summer.
Whether it is festivals and gigs or cultural attractions and exhibitions you prefer, the French capital offers visitors more cool things to do than ever before.
Here we take you through some of the best attractions, festivals, restaurants and sights you should take in to see out the best summer ever in Paris.
If you are on holiday with the kids then you just have to buy family Disneyland Paris tickets and enjoy all the thrilling rides that this incredible theme park possesses.
You can get closer to the magic by entering this wonderful world of Disney where make-believe becomes reality.
The five imaginary lands of Disneyland Paris are filled with classic Disney stories and attractions such as the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Minnie's Party Train and Space Mountain: Mission 2.
There are plenty of rides for thrill seekers as well, with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Crush’s Coaster, RC Racer and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith sure to get your pulse racing.
Paris is a festival goer’s dream with the hot summer sun and great music and here are some of the festivals you should attend this summer.
Rock en Seine Festival
This year’s Rock en Seine Festival, taking place from 26-28 August, will be celebrating the theme of dance so warm up and rehearse your best dance moves before you visit!
The 14th year of this festival will be three days of party with more than 60 artists set to shake you up. The five stages of the festival, which are located at the heart of the majestic Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, will cover genres such as rock, pop, blues, groove and electro to name just a few.
This year’s line-up features some huge acts such as Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, Sum 41, Massive Attack, Editors, Jack Garratt and Bastille.
Red Bull Music Academy Festival Paris
Taking place from 19-24 September, the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Paris is one festival you really do not want to miss.
During the six-day festival there will be live performances, club nights, exhibitions and lectures throughout the city.
The main aim of the festival is to explore and celebrate the City of Light’s rich cultural history and in doing so the line-up for the festival will feature a range of artists.
This year, Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, French hip hop legend Oxmo Puccino, Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker, Britain’s own Paranoid London and sound scientist Sonic Boom are just some of the musicians and artists visitors can enjoy listening to.
Jazz à la Villette
Jazz à la Villette is an annual festival that celebrates the world of jazz music and will be taking place from 30 August to 11 September.
If you’re a fan of jazz music then this festival is a must-visit, with the most recognisable names from across the world of jazz, soul, funk and hip hop set to attend this year’s festival.
The festival has previously attracted well-known artists Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley, Marc Ribot, Magma, Avishai Cohen and Gil Scott-Heron.
This year’s line-up is equally impressive, with the Orchestre National de Jazz, Sarah Murcia, Marc Nammour and Laura Mvula just some of the popular acts set to play.
Attractions to visit
Built by Gustave Eiffel to honour the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution in 1889, it is safe to say that the Eiffel Tower is the most iconic sight in Paris.
Initially the Eiffel Tower was only intended to last 20 years, but it was saved by its usefulness towards scientific experiments and radio transmissions.
Since its early beginnings, the Eiffel Tower has been a marker for important moments in the history of Paris and its culture, including the Tower’s centenary, the Year 2000 pyrotechnic show, the blue Tower to mark France’s Presidency of the European Union and the multi-coloured Tower for its 120th birthday.
Its unique panoramic view of the city attracts almost 7 million visitors a year. This summer is extra special as there is a rooftop garden on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower until the end of September. Since April this year the first floor has also been offering young visitors the chance to find out everything about the Eiffel Tower with its “Follow Gus” exhibition.
Château de Versailles
The Château de Versailles, or Palace of Versailles, should always be on your list of places to visit when in Paris, but this year a number of events are taking place at this impressive chateau.
Until 2 October there is an exhibition about the American War of Independence that guests can attend. France, and in particular Versailles, supported the War of Independence and the palace was where the peace treaty with England was signed in 1783.
This summer’s exhibition will recount events and cover topics such as the French and English rivalry, internal divisions in France, England and the USA as well as the decision-making process at Versailles, to name just a few.
There are also a number of other exhibitions such as the De Gaulle in Trianon, which will bring back to life this decisive yet unfamiliar period in the history of the Grand Trianon.
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The famous Louvre Museum has undergone major renovations and the summer of 2016 marks the end of these major works.
Now visitors to the museum will benefit from an improved experience. The new rooms of the Pavillon de l’Horloge and the renovated Pyramid opened back up at the beginning of July.
The “Pyramid Project” sees this space return to its original vocation of helping people plan their visit, whilst keeping its grandeur with no changes to the architecture.
The Louvre also sees a new interpretation centre open in the Pavillon de l’Horloge and gives visitors an insight into the museum’s history in four rooms located on three levels, through works of art, interactive models, photographs and films.
One of the ways the Louvre will be improving the visitor experience soon is by reediting the labels and accompanying texts for its 38,000 different pieces of artwork. This will include translating these labels and texts into one or two different languages.
So if you want to see some of the world’s best pieces of artwork, then head to the Louvre and experience how the museum has been put firmly into the 21st century.
Musée des arts décoratifs
She said, "If you're unfamiliar with Paris' smaller museums, a good place to start is the Musée des arts décoratifs, nestled into the buildings surrounding the Louvre. Despite its very central and traditional location, the Decorative Arts museum combines old and new, mixing Louis XIV furniture with contemporary jewellery, C18th clocks with 1960s fashion in creative ways.”
Opened in 1919 this museum is dedicated to the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Les Musées de Paris’ Gemma King highly recommends visiting the museum this summer.
She added, “For sculpture lovers, the Musée Rodin, in the 7th arrondissement, is a sumptuous collection of Rodin's finest rough-hewn, bronze and marble works. Wander through the leafy gardens peppered with outdoor sculptures and through the mansion that holds such masterpieces as Le Baiser, or The Kiss.”
Château de Vincennes
This massive 14th and 17th century French royal fortress is also worth visiting, according to Gemma King from Les Musées de Paris.
She said, “Then further afield, on the city's eastern outskirts, fans of history will love the Château de Vincennes. Huge, majestic and without the tourist crowds of Versailles, this castle will transport you back to the Middle Ages, with its dungeons, keeps and its very own cathedral. Home to royals like Charles X, Vincennes also housed illustrious prisoners through the ages, including the Marquis de Sade."
Experience the Moulin Rouge
Get Moulin Rouge tickets this summer to experience a magical evening.
The home of the French cancan has been entertaining crowds for over 100 years with stunning dance routines and costumes made from feathers, rhinestones and sequins.
Visitors can also enjoy champagne and a three-course dinner that has been created by a Michelin-starred head chef.
Eat some traditional French food
Talking about food, visitors to Paris should definitely try some classic French cuisine. If you are looking for a top restaurant then Alain Ducasse’s Allard restaurant is the place to go.
For over 80 years, Allard has been one of the most sought-after gourmet addresses in Paris. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it remains one of the last authentic French gourmet bistros.
Allard is above all the story of a peasant from the Burgundy region who travelled up to Paris carrying her sincere and generous family recipes, and tradition remains central to this Parisian bistro.
The restaurant serves a range of traditional cuisine and some of its specialities include frog’s legs, poached turbot and beurre blanc, challand duck with olives, and tart tatin, to name just a few. There is also a selection of local wines diners can choose from.
Image Credit: Nicolas Joubard, Rock en Seine Festival, Red Bull Music academy Festival Paris, SETE_-_ELIVINEC, Château de Versailles, Louvre Museum, Les Musees de Paris, Pierre Monetta.
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