Widely regarded as one of the most stylish capital cities around, Paris is a popular option for anyone wanting to enjoy a short weekend break overseas – with plenty to see and do during a quick trip across the channel.
Easily accessible by air or by rail, Paris is one of the most visited cities in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why, with history, culture and romance available at every turn.
The short nature of the flight from the UK, which is little more than an hour from London, is one of the major draws of a trip to Paris, with the city itself being easily accessible from the airport thanks to a regular metro service.
Although Paris is a great destination to visit throughout the year, spring and summer tend to the most popular options thanks to the favourable weather conditions, which things cooling off noticeably during the autumn and into winter – when you’ll certainly need to wear an extra layer or two.
Regardless of when you visit, you’ll find a city that oozes elegance and charm, which is part of the reason why couples seeking romance will enjoy a trip to Paris just much as a group of friends who are eager to explore the delights of the many museums and galleries.
There are also numerous famous landmarks that are simply waiting to be explored as you stroll through the city streets, or board a boat to cruise along the Seine.
Away from the cultural treats, a visit to Paris provides the chance to enjoy world class shopping, fine dining aplenty and a busy entertainment scene featuring live music and theatre shows to cater for all tastes.
Add into the mix festivals and sporting events that run throughout the year and the attraction of a break to Paris is only heightened.
The Eiffel Tower is THE landmark that people associate most with Paris and sits on the banks on the Seine within Champ de Mars park. Built in the late 1800s, the tower is one of the must see sights for anyone visiting the French capital, with three separate levels that can be visited – including one of Europe’s highest observation decks. A range of dining and retail options can be found around and within the tower, which is also a popular destination for couples who want to embrace the romance of Paris.
You could spend a weekend in Paris and not leave the Louvre, such is the sheer size of the most famous museum in the French capital. Tens of thousands of artifacts can be found within the Louvre, including famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa and sculptures like the Venus de Milo.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous landmarks in Paris and dates back to the 1800s having been commissioned celebrate victory by Napoleon and his troops at Austerlitz. Situated at the end of the Champs-Élysées, the neoclassical monument features a series of impressive sculptures and sits atop the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to those killed in battle who were never identified. A viewing deck is atop the monument if you don’t mind climbing the steps to the summit.
The Grand Palais, or Grand Palace, was built for the World Fair in 1900 and is listed a monument historique. Having served a range of purposes through the years, the Grand Palais is now used as an exhibition hall and also houses a science musueum. Various events are held within the Grand Palais every year, with the Tour de France having even run through the halls during the 2017 running of the race.
The Notre Dame cathedral is a fantastic example of Gothic architecture and is one of the most famous religious buildings to be found within France. Completed in the mid 1300s, the buildings attracts millions of visitors every year and is known for its gargoyles and impressive stained glass windows.
Located around 30km from the centre of the capital, Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe and a popular attraction with families who want to enjoy the Disney experience. As well as meeting famous characters, there is the chance to try a wide range of rides whilst there is also the Walt Disney Studios Park celebrating the film industry.
A cruise along the River Seine is a great way to see Paris, with a range of different trips available that include the opportunity to sample top class dining as you cruise peacefully along the water.
You can’t go to Paris and not explore the restaurant scene, with the city being a haven for ‘foodies’ who want to sample the very best in French cuisine. From frogs legs and snails to baguettes and gateaux, there is all manner of food waiting to be enjoyed in all manner of different eateries. No matter whether you want a quick bite in a café, or to experience a full-on five course gourmet dinner in luxurious surroundings, you certainly won’t be short of options.
There are countless opportunities to hit the shops whilst in Paris, with designer stores where you can seek out the biggest names from around the world sitting alongside trendy boutiques and smaller street markets where you can barter for the best deals. There are also large retails areas outside the heart of Paris where you can search for a range of different specialties.
If you want to enjoy a night out in Paris then a trip to Moulin Rouge is a must, with the iconic club being the place to go of you want to catch a show and be thoroughly entertained. If you’ve seen the famous Hollywood film then you’ll know what to expect, and it’s advisable to book in advance given how popular it can be.
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