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About Paris
Romance in bricks and mortar

Sophisticated and sexy Paris exudes romance, and it’s impossible not to be swept up by its charm. The city swells with understated elegance and Parisians are evidently proud to call it home. If you arrive in Paris with only a minor grasp of French you might struggle to find your feet. But fear not, it won’t take you long to settle in.

Of all of Europe’s capital cities, Paris holds the crown for being the most beautiful. Sweeping boulevards, countless bridges straggling the Seine, and graceful cathedrals all give Paris a distinctive allure.

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Parisian’s love pastries. In fact, there are almost 2,000 bakeries within the city limits.

Weather

How’s the weather in Paris in April?

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Temperature

6-16
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Dry days

11
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Avg. Rainfall

49 mm
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Snow Days

1

Life

Demographics

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Population

2.3M
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Local time

12:18
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Currency

Euro

What does Paris cost?

RESTAURANT MEAL

13.0

in average restaurant

TRAIN TICKET

1.8

is the common price

Transport

Getting around Paris

Although much of Paris’s super-efficient public transport system is run by operator RATP, other companies like Batobus, also provide services to the city. Along with the extensive metro train network, and its iconic signage and underground stations, Paris is serviced by a bus and boat service too. RER trains also run on a suburban line to commuter destinations just outside of the city.

Tickets covering the travel on the metro, RER and bus can be bought for as little as €1.80 for a single journey, but it’s worth investing in a travel pass from €12.30 a day if you plan on spending more than a couple of days in the city.

Boat tickets need to be purchased separately but they are worth the extra spend. There’s nothing quite like cruising along the famous River Seine and experiencing the beauty of Paris from the water, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Paris is very pedestrian friendly, it’s as if it has been designed with walkers in mind, with plenty of neat pavements, foot bridges and squares in which to wander. You might find though that you don’t make it very far. With wonderful cafés lining the streets it will take all of your will power not to stop in for a pastry.

Walking is definitely a better alternative to driving in the city, traffic can be heavy and the driving conditions particularly chaotic.

Cyclists are welcome in Paris, and being so flat, it’s easy to dart around the city quickly by bike. City-wide bike rental scheme Vélib provide bikes from just €1.70 per day.

Taxis operate all over the city, but can be hard to track down. If you insist in jumping in a cab, wait for one near a metro station where there are usually taxi ranks. A minimum fare is $6.

Destinations

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Museums and galleries

Stand face to face with the Mona Lisa

The world-famous Louvre is just one of hundreds of museums that dot the city. You’ll be inspired by legions of cultural treasures found nowhere else on the planet.

Paris is also known as The City of Art.

Centred around the Basilica Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre is Paris’s art district. For seasoned art lovers, a visit to Montmartre is a must.

On the water

Paris from a different perspective

The River Seine meanders its way through Paris, passing by some of the city’s most famous sights. It was this vast body of water that gave rise to the city in the first place, and it still allures tourists and locals alike.

The river is named after the Celtic goddess Sequana who, it is fabled, resided at its source.

There are a number of river tours that depart from launches all over Paris. A single fare can be purchased for as little as €10 – €15.

Churches and cathedrals

Monuments in abundance

Paris plays host to some of France’s most beautiful and impressive religious monuments. Must see sights include Notre Dame Cathedral, Basilica Sacre-Coeur, La Madeleine and Saint-Etienne du Mont.

Saint-Eustache Church sits at the heart of the city. At almost 500 years old, it’s still unfinished.

Try and find Eglise Saint-Ignace. It’s far lesser known and more conspicuous than it’s contemporaries, but when you get inside you’ll be blown away by its majesty.

The Eifel Tower

Paris’s most iconic temporary structure

It may have only meant to stand for 20 years but the Eifel Tower has become the symbol of Paris. Repurposed as a radio antenna, the tower was saved and still continues to draw the crowds.

  • The tower is 300m tall
  • It opened on 31 March 1889
  • It was due for demolition in 1909

If you don’t fancy the 1,665 steps that take you to the summit of the tower, there’s always the elevator. But however you scale it, the views from the top are incredible.

Foodie heaven

The birthplace of gastronomy

France is widely regarded as the birthplace of fine dining and in Paris is at the centre of it all. But as well as world-leading chefs, Paris is home to some of the country’s most exciting produce too.

  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Bustling food markets
  • Traditional brasseries

Visit Marché Saxe-Breteuil, one of Paris’s best outdoor markets, to sample some of France’s finest produce. Farmers and producers come from all over the country to trade here.

The Paris Opera

Heavenly music in a setting to match

The Paris Opera was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Académie d'Opéra. Now housed at the Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille, it is one of theworld’s foremost opera companies.

  • The largest chandelier at the Palais Garnier weighs seven tonnes
  • The Phantom of the Opera is inspired by events at Palais Garnnier
  • The Opéra Bastille seats over 2,000 people

Opened in 1875, the Palais Garnier is one of Paris’s architectural treasures. It’s worth visiting this stunning building – even if opera isn’t really your thing.

DAY 1

1 Conciergerie

Imposing riverside prison and fortress that once held Marie Antoinette.

2 Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

13th-century cathedral with ghoulish gargoyles.

3 Louvre Museum

World-famous art gallery and home to the celebrated Mona Lisa.

DAY 2

1 Place de la Bastille

Once the site of an infamous prison, now a busy square.

2 Eifel Tower

Iconic 324m high tower built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel.

3 Arc de Triomphe

A large arch made to recognise Napoleon’s many successful campaigns.

DAY 3

1 Sacré-Cœur

Beautiful hilltop church with a famous white dome and crypt.

2 The Centre Pompidou

Fascinating structure, home to the National Museum of Modern Art.

3 Rodin Museum

An 18th-century house with the work of Rodin on display.