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Leisure activities in Ile-de-France

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Leisure activities in Ile-de-France


Rich in culture and history, the French capital was originally a small village located on Ile de la Cité island, which gradually developed on both sides of the River Seine. Today, Paris is world-famous for its monuments, buildings and striking museums but also for its magnificent districts all very different from each other, its Parisian brasseries and its old typical cafes, its gourmet restaurants, its operas and theatres, its shops offering an inconceivable choice, and its creativity with Haute Couture fashion.


Famous for its basilica, the département of Seine-Saint-Denis is also well-known for its vast flea market and Stade de France stadium.


The Seine-et-Marne département in the east of the Île-de-France region boasts extensive agricultural land and a rich natural and built heritage, including the celebrated Fontainebleau forest, a paradise for outdoor activities, magnificent parks and gardens, sumptuous palaces such as Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte, the beautiful Grand Morin valley, a favourite haunt of the Impressionists, and medieval fortified towns like Provins, Moret-sur-Loing and Meaux. The Seine-et-Marne is also home to the world-famous theme park Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallée), a magical experience for kids and grown-ups!


Boasting a rich historic, architectural and artistic heritage, as illustrated by its castles, its abbeys and its royal cities, the Yvelines département is also home to extensive areas of unspoiled countryside. The 70,000 hectares of forests, with its myriad hiking trails, and its beautiful parks and gardens are just some of the features that will delight walkers and lovers of outdoor leisure activities. A great time to be expected!