Paris panorama

Paris travel guide

About Paris

Paris in Ile-de-France is France's capital city and a hub of art, culture and fashion that is the most visited city in the world!

With over 15.5 million visitors every year, Paris is the world's favourite tourist destination. Filled with famous monuments from the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and the catacombs that document Paris' long and tumultuous history, it is a city that must be explored to fully appreciate. Though the city dates back to Celtic and Roman times, Paris' most cataclysmic events have been in the last few centuries, first, as the centre of the Revolution, then as a place of culture and knowledge with the Belle Epoque's Universal Expositions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it had its part to play during the world wars and was synonymous with the revolutionary feelings of the 1960s due to the student riots in 1968. A passionate centre of all things cultural, it is no surprise that Paris has been at the forefront of learning, politics and the media with famous literature, movies and more set in the multicultural capital.

There is much to see and do in Paris so it can be difficult to know where to go after the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre but the cathedral of Notre Dame is also unmissable. The home of the fictitious Quasimodo and one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, the Notre Dame de Paris is a fine example of French Gothic architecture. Other interesting religious monuments across the city include the basilica du Sacré Coeur, the basilica St Denis and the Eglise de la Madeleine. Experience some high culture at the Paris opera house and the exhibitions of the Grand Palais and visit Paris' excellent world-renowned art museums - the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou and many more. Take a walk around the city exploring the Champs Elysées and the Place Vendôme or rent one of Paris' 16,000 bicycles available throughout the city on the Velib' programme. Walk or ride over the city's fantastic bridges such as the Pont Neuf and the Pont Alexander III or travel underneath them on a Seine river cruise, one of the top things to do in Paris that should be on everyone's list. If you want a quicker way to get around the city then use the métro, Paris' mostly underground train network, which travels all over the city. 

No visit to France is complete without spending some time shopping in its hundreds of boutiques, department stores and above and below ground shopping centres. Admire the window displays of the haute couture designers on the Rue de Fabourg Saint-Honoré and the Avenue Montaigne and visit the huge glass-domed department stores on Rue de Rivoli and Boulevard Hausmann for the best in French and international fashion. Bring some French style to your home with arts, antiques and home decor from Paris' chic boutiques. Splash out on perfumes and beauty products and remember to visit Paris' dozens of street markets and delicatessens for some excellent food and drink. If you have a gourmet meal anywhere then it should be in Paris with restaurants here gaining up to the top 3 Michelin stars. For those with less expensive tastes there are countless restaurants, cafés and brasseries where you can sample most French cuisine and specialities. Why not try some of Paris' street food and and explore the chocolateries and patisseries for some delicious French gifts to take home?

OVERVIEW

  • Country: France

  • Region: Ile de France

  • Department: Paris

  • Population: 2, 234,000

Holidays in France

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GITES AND COTTAGES IN FRANCE

View of the Hotel Aigue Marine, Tréguier

HOTEL HOLIDAYS & BREAKS IN FRANCE

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FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE AND SPAIN

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CAR & MOTORCYCLE TOURS IN FRANCE

Getting to France

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PLYMOUTH TO FRANCE FERRIES

Aerial view of Poole harbour, from where Brittany Ferries sail to Cherbourg, France

POOLE TO FRANCE FERRIES

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PORTSMOUTH TO FRANCE FERRIES

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