Holidays in Paris


Days when streets are blocked

1.) Every Sunday

Every Sunday, the “voies sur berges” (the riverside roads) are closed to cars. You can still go biking there or just stroll around.



2.) Paris Plage

Paris Plage, or “Paris’ beach”, is a very famous Parisian attraction. It is pretty recent but it gets more and more popular and busy each year. The city of Paris finances a transformation of the riverside into a beach-like complex. The landscape is realistic: sand everywhere, ice-cream, beach chairs, swimming pools, activities for children… in Paris, all summer long. FROM JULY to AUGUST, this year (2018).

Museums Closed on Monday

Museums Closed on Tuesday

Important Days


Other days when the majority of stores, shopping centers and most of the museums and attractions are closed:

  • May 8th (1945 Victory Day)
  • July 14th (National Day)
  • August 15th (Assumption)
  • November 1st (All-Saints Day)
  • November 11th (1918 Armistice Day)
  • Easter Sunday and Monday (in 2018, April 1st and April 2nd)
  • Ascension Day (40 days after Easter: in 2018, May 10th)

Be sure to double check for each museum, you can easily find other practical information on their websites.

You want to avoid scheduling a visit in a Paris museum that turns out to be closed? You are tired of bad surprises when the French take their days off for legal holidays? This section is made for you.



Museums That Never Close (Yes! They Exist)

  • 13 million visitors a year 99%
  • Incredibly detailed 80%
  • Contains hidden mysteries 70%

Days When Almost Nothing is Open


On December 25th, January 1st and on May 1st (National Work Day), everybody takes their day off, from the shop assistant to the museum manager. Museums, public attractions, shops… Everything is closed.