It is true that Paris is perhaps the wealthiest city on the earth when it comes to the array of attractions and sites to explore. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe …the list is endless but it means visitors keep coming back time and again.
Spending an afternoon in Montmartre will really get you in the artisan mood. Here you will find street artists showcasing their work and you could even ask one of them to draw you! Visit the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, Montmatre’s most recognisable landscape and sip coffee at a cafe.
You could spend a whole day (and night) in the Louvre looking at its staggeringly huge collection, stretching from ancient Egypt to the 19th century. The highlights include the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Liberty Leading the People. Book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues!
Even if it’s dark, there’s still plenty of time to fit in more sightseeing, view the Eiffel Tower lit up in all its splendour, then head to the near-by Champs- Elysées. One of the world’s most iconic shopping streets, it’s lined with authentic bakeries, master chocolatiers and designer boutiques. That stay open well into the night.
Paris has a district designed for every need. Le Marais is a thriving district with vibrant clubs and bars, while Montparnasse has a Bohemian vibe made famous by the Impressionists. For dining delights, many love the Latin Quarter for its informal bistros. Try snails doused in garlic butter and chicken in red wine for a true taste of Paris.
You could enjoy a show and get dinner sorted at the same time at the Moulin Rouge. Made even more famous by the Hollywood movie, this iconic cabaret club is said to be the place where the can-can was invented. You’ll definitely feel like dancing after your perfect day in Paris!
With so many supreme restaurants in the city, it’s certain you’ll taste an explosion of flavours on streets such as Rue du Seine and Rue Guisarde in the Latin Quarter. From roadside eateries to fine dining experiences, the French cuisine transforms rustic ingredients into rich, complex combinations. For sweet treats, Rue d’Assas features expert chocolatiers and shops filled with colourful macaroons.
Strolling around Paris is a sheer pleasure and the best way to see Parisian street life at its best. Wide boulevards, pedestrianised throughways and plenty of roadside parks make it really easy too. Plus, many of the must-see sights are within walking distance from each other. To see the city from the water, hop on a Batobus along the Seine. You can get on and off when you like at regular stops along the river. If you’d prefer to see the city on two wheels, saddle up at one of the many Vélib bike stations around the city. The metro network is really extensive, servicing the whole of Paris with over 300 stations, some of which are sights themselves. You can buy a carnet (ticket) one at a time for a single journey, in a bunch of 10 for around €14 or you can buy a one, two, three or five day pass.
Date: 01/01/16 - 01/01/16
At 2.30pm, the Grand Parade begins. Thousands of performers take to Paris’s grand boulevards for a colourful carnival of marching bands, dancers and musicians at the ultimate street party. Get there early for the best spot.
This multi-coloured spectacle attracts thousands of onlookers who come to enjoy the wacky and wonderful costumes, live music and acrobatic acts. It all kicks off at 1.30pm from Place Gambetta and finishes around 7pm at Palace Baudoyer Hall.
Date: 20/07/2016 - 18/08/2016
The banks of the Seine are transformed into a cool beach scene complete with sand, deckchairs and beachy activities. Chill out after a long day of sightseeing with all the fun of the seaside - what could be better?
Date: 01/04/2016 - 30/06/2016
Europe's largest pop-up funfair attracts millions of visitors to the Bois de Vincennes park every year. Rides, shows and circus performers entertain kids and adults alike from noon till midnight everyday.
Date: 15/11/2016 - 04/01/2017
The Village of Father Christmas along Boulevard Saint-Germain and the rows of alpine huts that line the Champs-Elysees are two of the best places to wander round for festive goodies galore.
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★ The beautiful white basilica of Sacre Coeur is at the highest point in the city – even higher than the Eiffel Tower! Visit to take in stunning views of the city laid out before you.
★ For something a little different from the usual sightseeing of Paris, descend the depths to the city’s Catacombs. Its eerie vaults contain walls filled with skulls and bones!
★ There’s a great deal of greenery in Paris. The relaxed atmosphere of the Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens feel like a world away from the buzzing urban streets.
A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to Europe’s most famous landmark. Once the tallest structure in the world, the three different levels open to the public offer phenomenal views over Paris.
One of the greatest arches in history, honouring all who fought for France, the Arc de Triomphe stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle. If you are feeling adventurous you can climb 234 steps to the top!
This royal palace turned impressive museum is a must for anyone interested in art. You will be fascinated with the museum’s display of over 30,000 works of art, including the famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station, you can cast your eyes over many sculptures and impressionist paintings in this popular museum. Why not finish upstairs in the elegant tearoom, offering splendid views over the river Seine.
Famous for its magnificent glass roof, this public exhibition hall boasts an interior with plenty of open space which has hosted a variety of grand events and collections. .
Located opposite the Grand Palais, the smaller of the two palaces was once used as an exhibition space but is now home to the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts, a truly spectacular collection of art work.
Keeping in step with its glamorous reputation, Paris amazes with the chic boutiques of the tree-lined Champs Élysées that ooze an effortless style. On the other hand, why not visit Le Bon Marché, the city’s oldest and most famous department store, lavished with luxury labels. For scenic shopping, the River Seine bookstalls are always interesting, while you could pick up a bargain at the Montreuil Market.