The French capital blends history, art, culture and stunning architecture to create one of the most romantic destinations in the world and it also explains just why Paris breaks are so very popular. Often described as the City of Love, Paris boasts world-famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.
Characterised by quaint cafes, first class cuisine, historic museums, cosmopolitan high streets and a vibrant nightlife, Paris encapsulates French culture in a way that will equally satisfy those looking to sightsee or those looking to kick back and soak up the atmosphere.
Why visit Paris?
Paris is the epicentre of the country’s history and many cultural movements, with evidence of its evolution around almost every corner. That's why Paris short breaks are perfect and the city has plenty more to offer if you are staying for a bit longer.
Historic landmarks like the Palace of Versailles and Notre-Dame demonstrate the magnificent architecture Paris is famous for, with examples of its Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau movements evident across the city. For the art lovers, Paris boasts three of the world’s most visited art museums in the Louvre, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée d'Orsay.
Designer shops and high-end boutiques litter the iconic and bustling Champs-Élysées for those looking to catch a flavour of the famous Parisian fashion scene, while those looking to taste the finest French cuisine will have no shortage of options. Whether you’re on a budget or if you’re looking to indulge in one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants, you need not miss out on superb local food, beer or wine, whatever your preferences.
Trips to Paris couldn’t be easier using any of our
routes to France
and in particular our port at
which lies less than 2 ½ hours’ drive from the capital.
A picturesque 120 mile journey through the countryside and past Rouen allows you to experience the rural beauty of the country, while following the banks of the Seine right into the heart of Paris.
Our other routes to France are also convenient ways to access Paris, with
Dunkirk and Calais being within 3 hours’ drive via France’s excellent motorway system.
If you live in the north of England or Scotland, then you can save yourself a long drive south with our
Our IJmuiden port is just 5 hours away from Paris.
What to see in Paris
There are so many things to do in Paris that it's hard to know where to start but a great way to start would be with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. This will give you a dramatic panoramic view of the city, while walking along the banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will allow you to enjoy the city’s exquisite and varied architecture from up close.
The Arc de Triomphe stands proudly at the western foot of the Champs-Élysées and is another essential destination for Paris sightseeing. Erected in 1836, the monument is a tribute to fallen soldiers from both the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Situated at Place Charles de Gaulle, the views from top either at day or at night are breath taking, giving you a panoramic view of all twelve roads which converge into the roundabout it stands upon.
Montmartre, a district in the North of Paris, is home to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Montmartre Cemetery, and was a hotbed of artistic talent around the turn of the Twentieth Century. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, amongst many others, are known to have resided in the district before the outbreak of the First World War forced them to leave. Exploring Montmartre can reveal hidden gems such as the Espace Dalí, which contains around 300 of the Spanish surrealist’s original artworks.
Further south you can’t fail to notice the sheer grandeur of the Louvre on the banks of the Seine, the most visited museum in the world, attracting just under 10 million visitors each year. It is the home of countless world-famous artworks and collections, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s early 16th Century masterpiece the Mona Lisa, and the ancient Greek sculpture the Venus de Milo, which is dated between 130 and 100 BC.
Families looking for a little magic during their Paris visit, need look no further than
Disneyland® Paris, which is located only 20 miles outside of the capital and is currently the most visited attraction in Europe. The complex boasts two theme parks, multiple hotel resorts and even a golf course, so it’s ideal for all the family.
Where to stay in Paris
Paris has a vast array of hotels, apartments and hostels to cater for any visitor, both in the centre and the nearby suburbs. Check out our partner booking.com for a full list.
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