Paris City Breaks 2016 | lowcostholidays

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J’Adore Paris

With its iconic landmarks, world-famous cuisine and luxurious parks and museums, it’s fair to say that there is a certain Je ne sais qui surrounding Paris.

Arguably one of the best destinations to embrace when embarking on a trip to France, this vibrant city is an intoxicating blend of culture, romance and sophistication. Scale the internal framework of the majestic Eiffel Tower and view the city from a new perspective. Discover the lure of the Bastille area at twilight with its edgy bars and hipster crowds. Revel in the thriving art scene of this historic city – from Da Vinci at The Louvre to the contemporary charm of La Maison Rouge. Whatever adventures you choose on your holidays to Paris, you’ll discover a great many things to do.

The City of Light

Paris is vast and diverse in style – from the bohemian atmosphere and meandering canals found in Menilmontant to the retro glamour of the Champs-Elysees. Whether you’re craving 5-star luxury in the city or 4-star hotels on the outskirts of town, there is sure to be a place to rest your head on your Paris holidays.

The Louvre and Les Halles offers the ideal place for museum lovers and has constructed itself as the beating heart of Paris. Home to the historic cathedral of Notre Dame, this area is renowned for its striking gothic architecture as well as its buzzing arts and theatre scene.

The Latin Quarter is known for its literary heritage, favoured by writers such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Evoking images of bohemian Paris at its height, this vibrant area is renowned for its lively atmosphere and quaint bistros serving up a myriad of French cuisine.

Sizzling Sights

While the iconic landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are not to be missed on your holidays to Paris, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Paris City. Surprisingly enough, this buzzing city centre is also nuzzled next to a beach. During the summer months, the right bank of the Seine is lined with a stretch of white sands – ideal for topping up your tan. If you’d rather, view the famous river from afar with a luxurious river cruise.

Of course, Paris holidays are not complete without sampling the city’s delicious cuisine. Nestled in the winding streets of the city is a menagerie of patisseries, artisan bakeries, street-side cafes and bistros. Re-create the famous spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp in a cobbled alleyway or experience the sheer indulgence of melt-in-the-mouth Pain au Chocolat for breakfast.

If you’d rather indulge in your sense of adventure, take the short journey across the city to Disneyland. One of the best theme parks in Europe, this enchanting world offers adrenaline-inducing thrill rides, spectacular attractions and much-loved characters – all sprinkled with a hefty dose of magic.

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Travel Information
Language: French
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT +1 hour
Local airport: Paris (Charles de Gaulle or Orly)
Flight time: 60 minutes

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The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are some of the most easily recognisable attractions in the world, and thousands of people visit them everyday. If you've got a head for heights then you can either walk or get the lift up the tower to get the best views of the whole city. Other highlights of the city include the cathedral that was made famous by the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Also, the Basilique du Sacre Coeur steps boast amazing views across the whole of Paris and the man-made beaches that line the banks of the River Seine in summer also attract thousands of visitors every year.

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Restaurants and Cuisine

Traditional French cuisine has an international reputation for being some of the best in the world. Walking around the streets, you will be spoilt for choice - finding everything from cosy little street cafés, to patisseries that make cakes that look too pretty to eat, and Michelin starred restaurants. Head for the less touristy areas for a cheaper, more traditional meal. Popular lunches include soups with fresh French bread and mussels with chips.

Museums and Galleries

The French are very proud of their history and heritage and you will find a museum or gallery at almost every corner of central Paris. A must-see is the world famous Louvre gallery that houses the Mona Lisa. For something modern visit the Pompidou centre, the exhibition space famous for its inside-out approach. The Musee Rodin houses some of the best sculptures in Paris, or for something a bit different vist the Moulin Rouge - one of the world's most famous caberets.


One of the most famous shopping spots in the city is the Champs-Elyseès - dubbed as the equivalent of Bond Street in London, you will find everything from Louis Vuitton and Armani to H&M and Marks and Spencer. For everything under one roof, you must visit Le Bon Marche for department store heaven.

For outlet shopping head for the Rue d'Alesia or for the opposite end of the spectrum the Avenue Montaigne is home to some of the most famour designers.

For antiques and furniture the Place des Vogues on the right bank of the Seine, or the Carre Rive Guache on the left bank are the best places for finding hidden treasures.

Paris is also famous for its many bookshops - if you love food and cooking the the Librairie Gourmande in la Rue Monmatre is a must. For books in English you have a few options - The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore and Tea & Tattered Pages are very popular.

If you want to take some edible goodies home with you, first check your luggage allowance, and then head for Poilane, where you can pick up one of its famous baked loaves or cakes.