A wealth of options for interesting and fun things to do in the capital with the best Paris summer offers : As the sun smiles down and embraces us in her golden arms the bustle of the city slows. There is no need to rush in the summer warmth; simply take your time. Many events and festivities await you during your holiday in Paris and a leisurely pace means that you can enjoy each to its fullest. When you stay with us at the Hotel Castex we will be happy to help you plan your itinerary, and just to give you a few ideas in advance, here are some items of great interest which we can thoroughly recommend.
A Music Festival open to everyone
The 33rd Fête de la Musique takes place on June 21st and you are welcome to attend. Since 1982 Paris has invited musicians from France and the rest of the world to come and play in the city throughout the day and night of the Summer Solstice. The one proviso is that they perform for free. Essentially this means that you can enjoy free performances of all musical styles and genres in public spaces, both indoors and out, across the city. Urban music is this year’s theme. Just wander around and see what catches your attention.
Paris becomes a Beach Resort for the Summer
If the summer heat becomes a little too much for you and you simply want to chill out, then try Paris Plages. From July 20th for four weeks the urban landscape dons its holiday clothes. Large stretches of the Seine are turned into beaches and everyone is welcome to relax in the resulting resort. There’s lots of sand on which to pitch your deckchair and parasol, plus refreshments, play areas for children, swimming pools, sports facilities, boating, aqua gym classes, free evening concerts and everything you would expect from the seaside.
The Grand Climax of the Tour de France
On Sunday, July 27th you can witness the dramatic finale of the 2014 Tour de France, the world’s toughest cycle race. Beginning on July 5th with a Grand Départ taking place in Leeds, UK, and going on to cover 3,656 kilometres in 21 stages demanding almost superhuman feats of athleticism and endurance, the race reaches a thrilling climax in Paris. The riders race past the Louvre and around the Arc de Triomphe before making that agonising final push along the Champs Elysees. Be there to cheer them on!
A Summer Festival with no boundaries
Since 1990 the Paris Quartier d'été has helped to consolidate the reputation of Paris as an international centre for the arts. Originally created as a means of ensuring there would be plenty of summer entertainment for tourists and non-vacationing Parisians, this multidisciplinary arts festival has grown in popularity and is now a much anticipated highlight of the summer calendar. Musical performances feature prominently, plus dance, theatre and some events which simply defy definition, all taking place in public places across the city and featuring performers from all over the world. Diverse, fascinating and fun!
- Fete de la Musique: June 21, 2014
At venues and on the streets throughout Paris
- Paris Plages : July 19 – August 17, 2014
Voie Georges Pompidou, Paris 4ème et Bassin de la Villette, Paris 19ème
Metro : Sully-Morland, line 7 - Pont-Marie, line 7 - Porte de La Villette, line 7.
- Tour de France arrival on the Champs Elysées : July 27th, 2014
Metro : Charles de Gaulle Etoile, lines 1, 2, 6 and RER A or Georges V, line 1
- Paris Quartier d’Eté : July 14 – August 15, 2014
In several locations in the capital and inner suburbs
Picture copyright holder : Tourist office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont
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