Paris is one of the most popular city breaks in Europe and has something for everyone. The Haussman Plan of the 19th Century established a blueprint for the city, with wide avenues, interesting boulevards and beautiful architecture. Paris stayed true to this vision, leading to the relatively unchanged city of today.
The beautiful city of Paris will have you captivated with its iconic buildings, magnificent cathedrals and numerous cultural offerings. Find out why you should visit...
Some of the most popular attractions can be seen from most parts of Paris, including the iconic Eiffel Tower and the magnificent cathedrals of Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame.
A boat ride down the River Seine allows tourists to take in some of the sights, whilst the Louvre is a major attraction for anyone hoping to spot some of the major traditional artistic works, such as the Mona Lisa. Modern art buffs should head for the Pompidou Centre, an award-winning building with all the functional elements, such as escalators, plumbing and air-conditioning, on the outside. Take a walk from the Tuileries Gardens to the Arc de Triomphe and a stroll down the famous Champs Elysees. From there some of the best-known fashion house showrooms featuring designers such as Chanel and Dior are within walking distance.
Visit Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the popular department stores. Take a trip to Fauchon, which specialises in gourmet produce. Explore the cemetery Pere Lachaise to seek out Jim Morrison's grave and take in an opera at the Paris Opera House. Take a short rail journey to visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Boasting a capacity of over 80,000, the Stade de France is one of the largest stadia in Europe and hosts both football and rugby matches. Parc des Princes is home to the Paris football team of Paris St. Germain and there is a large indoor sports complex and concert hall at Bercy.
You will find that the busier of the two airports, Charles de Gaulle Airport, is around 45 minutes by taxi or bus from central Paris. Trains also link the airport to the city, and take less than an hour to reach central stations.
From Paris Orly Airport you can hop aboard a bus to reach Metro stations in central Paris. Alternatively, take a taxi from the designated rank outside the arrivals terminal. A shuttle connects visitors at Orly Airport to the nearby train station, with RER trains completing the journey into the city centre.
In terms of getting around the city, the Art Nouveau architecture and beautiful signage for the Paris Metro lures visitors, but it's also really easy, fast and effective to use the mostly underground train network to get around Paris. The numbered and coloured lines cover most of the attractions and tickets are good value. These “t+” tickets are also valid for the city's trams and buses.
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Paris has a low level of rainfall but its lack of a specific rainy season means that it could occur at any time of year. The climate in Paris is temperate; winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing and summer temperatures can rise above 30C.
Paris is the perfect city break for everyone, whether you're looking for romance, adventure, family fun or culture. Find out what to do on your French getaway...
Active types: There is a lift, but why not burn off some of the calories from those French fancies you've been gobbling and climb the stairs to levels one and two of the Eiffel Tower? (You can only ascend to level three via a lift.) More than 700 steps will take you to the second level, from which you can photograph glorious vistas of Paris.
Romance: Art lovers will want to explore the collections at the famous Louvre while hand in hand with their partner. If art isn't your thing, simply snuggle up to your loved one in a cosy French bistro and let the atmosphere of the “City of Love” wash over you.
Free & cheap: It costs nothing to enter the remarkable cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. One of the greatest examples of French Gothic architecture, this landmark attraction has plenty to bewitch visitors.
Shopping: A heaven for shopaholics, Paris is the place to be to splash some cash if you yearn for French style. Designer boutiques sit alongside huge department stores, international brands and quirky, one-off shops.
Families: Disneyland Resort Paris is a heart-stealing winner for families, especially those with little ones. The magical parks are within easy reach of the city.
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