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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Paris - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

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.

Geographical information

Latitude48.8546750 (N 48° 51’ 17”)
Longitude2.3477270 (E 2° 20’ 52”)
Surface area105.40 km²
Population2274880 inhabitants
Density21583 inhabitants/km²
Insee code75056

Nearest cities & towns

Montrouge6 km (16 min)
La Plaine-Saint-Denis6.5 km (15 min)
Le Pré-Saint-Gervais6.8 km (18 min)
Clichy6.9 km (19 min)
Saint-Ouen7 km (18 min)
Pantin7 km (19 min)
Malakoff7 km (17 min)
Neuilly-sur-Seine7.4 km (17 min)
Vanves7.5 km (18 min)
Charenton-le-Pont7.5 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

The Sacré-Coeur, Place du Tertre square and picturesque narrow streets
The Opera
The Garnier palace
The Eiffel Tower
A monument known all over the world
This famous cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art
The Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées
The district of Champs-Elysées, a spot not to be missed
The River Seine
A boat trip on a bateau mouche is an excellent way to discover the monuments lining the Paris river ...
Pompidou Centre
Not to be missed: the National Museum of Modern Art
The Louvre museum
The biggest museum in the world!
Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis islands
Two islands in the heart of the capital
Les Invalides
Eglise du Dôme church and the Army museum
The Marais district
Place des Vosges square, mansions and museums ...
A centre for cultural and artistic life
Orsay Museum
Art from 1848 to 1914
The Montparnasse Tower
Offers an exceptional panorama from its top!
Cemetery Père Lachaise
Its funeral monuments make this an open-air museum
The Latin Quarter
Very lively student district
The Pantheon
The cemetery of famous people of France
Place de la Concorde
Majestic square with an obelisk in the middle
The Passages
Charming covered passages
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
A science museum
Boulogne and Vincennes woods
These vast green areas will delight walkers, cyclists and horse riders
The Palais Royal
Its garden is a haven of peace
The Saint-Germain district
Numerous mansions to be seen
Grévin museum
A museum with a display of over 300 waxworks!
The Halles district
A lively pedestrian district
Place Vendôme
A Mecca for fine jewellery
The Moulin Rouge, a mythical place known all over the world
This modern district is home to the French Finance Ministry and the Palais des Omnisports
The Madeleine
A church resembling a Greek temple
The Opera Bastille
A modern building
Rue Mouffetard street
A picturesque and lively place
The Élysée Palace
Residence of the President of the French Republic

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Detailed information

International Agricultural Show
A real showcase for agriculture in all its diversityFrom 27 february to 6 march 2016
Paris Book Fair
A big cultural event for the book trades and readersFrom 17 to 20 march 2016
Paris Marathon
One of the world’s most high-profile races over the mythical distance of 42.195 km On 3 april 2016
Roland Garros
The international clay court tennis tournamentFrom 16 may to 5 june 2016
A music event against AIDSJune 2016
Nuit Blanche
A nocturnal art trail in the capitalOctober 2016
Paris Motor Show
The international show in Paris, where the vehicles of today and tomorrow are on displayOctober 2016

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
“Bistrot Champagne” Dinner Cruise on the Seine
Entertainment49 € Paris
Vip Dinner Cruise – Champagne & Exclusive Table in the Captain's Cabin
Entertainment79 € Paris
Discover French Culture on the Île de la Cité (in English)
Culture and education39 € Paris
After Hours Guided Tour of Notre Dame
Culture and education35 € Paris
Murder and Mystery at Versailles Castle Leaving from Paris – Guided tour in English
Culture and education85 € Paris


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris
The edges of the Marne and Charles Trenet's house
HikeEasy4h00Joinville-le-Pont (9.5 km)
The open-air dance halls ('les guinguettes') of the edge of the Marne
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy50 minChampigny-sur-Marne (12.5 km)
Cave Art Path
HikeEasy1h30Le Vaudoué (57 km)
Historic trail in the town centre
Village visitEasy1h30La Ferté-sous-Jouarre (58 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals