Commonly known as the ‘City of Light’, Paris has long been the crown jewel of France. With over 27 million tourists a year and an illustrious history dating back to at least 250 BC, it’s easy to see why so many opt for this beautiful city as a holiday destination. Below are the 10 terrific ways to enjoy seven days in the French capital…
1. Take a tour of the city
They may get an unfair wrap but an open top bus tour can help travellers become more familiar with the city and learn where all the major landmarks are. If the tour is taken early on in the trip it would enable people new to the city get their bearings a lot quicker than they would normally. Thanks to headphones with commentary on board, those enjoying a bus-eye-view of Paris will also be able to fully understand the significance of each site.
2. Learn the language
A good idea when visiting any country is to learn their language. You don’t have to become a French expert, but using a few phrases here and there can be very useful and locals always appreciate it.
3. Cruise along the Seine
This is a must do when visiting Paris, especially during the summer. Enjoy a relaxing trip along the Seine River and take in many major sights along the way, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Evenings are a great time to go, as you’ll also get to see the beautiful sunset as you sail along.
4. Discover the magic of Disneyland Paris
With hair-raising rides, spectacular shows and fun parades, Disneyland Paris has various attractions to cater for all needs. In fact the French version of Disneyland is the most visited attraction in France. The Eurodisney Paris Park is split into five themed lands each with with a variety of things to do in each of them. Eat, drink and party long into the night at the Disney Village or visit the Walt Disney Studios Park for exciting rides and a magical atmosphere.
5. See a Cabaret
Cabarets in Paris are always an extravagant affair and provide fantastic evening entertainment. With flamboyant costumes and exceptional dancers, the Moulin Rouge is an absolute must. Paradis Latin is the most authentic cabaret, while Le Lido offers lots of sequined panache.
6. Stroll down the Champs-Élysées
The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in Europe and is well worth a visit. Running from the Jardin de Tuileries to the Arc de Triomphe, the street is a grand walk and is bursting with activity.
7. Bag a bargain
Spend an afternoon rummaging around the many flea markets in the city to uncover some gems at bargain prices. From stained glass windows to kitchenware and bric-a-brac, markets such as Marché d’Aligre and Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt have it all.
8. View some of the world’s finest art
Featuring the world’s largest collection of fine art including Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre is a fascinating place to visit. Head to the museum early in the morning though, as the queues can get quite long during the day.
9. Climb the Eiffel Tower
As one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower is a must-see attraction. Buy Eiffel Tower tickets and ride the Elevator to the top platform for breath-taking views of the city, or more energetic people can take the 340 steps to the top.
10. Taste delicious French cuisine
The cuisine in Paris is not all about frog’s legs and snails. With top restaurants and modern bistros serving traditional French cuisine, a delicious evening meal in the capital is sure to be enjoyed by all.