Summer Nights in Paris

There are plenty of things that make Paris such an attractive prospect on a pleasant summer’s night.

One of these things is being able to use some of the city’s biggest parks after dark. Roll out a blanket on the grass in lovely spots such as the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and watch the sun go down with a bottle of pinot noir. This was illegal until quite recently, so make the most of the opportunity.

Paris’ Summer Festival is an absolute must if you love great culture. During the months of July and August, theatre troupes, flamenco dancers, trapeze artists, and other performers take centre stage at venues across the city.

If you like rock and roll music and you’re in town in late August, then get a ticket for the Rock en Seine festival. The Parc de Saint-Cloud plays host to this energetic event, which has been headlined by acts such as Iggy Pop, Sigur Ròs and the Eagles of Death Metal.

If you’re after something a bit more relaxed, try the Paris Jazz Festival. Held between June and July, the event attracts some 110,000 spectators over six weeks, so you’ll have plenty of company as you watch the music.

A great Parisian tradition for those balmy summer nights is the open-air cinema in the Parc de la Villette. You can see classic movies in both English and French almost every night over the summer.

If you’re looking for a romantic evening, there are few better things in Paris than taking a boat cruise on the Seine. Sip on champagne and settle down for a delicious meal as the sun starts to set over this emotive city.