With its romantic architecture, elegant 19th-century parks, sweeping boulevards and more recognisable landmarks than any other city in Europe, there is no wonder that Paris is the most visited capital in the world.
Known as ´The City of Light,´ for its cultural lifestyle, intellectual prestige and colourful appearance, the blend of fascinating architecture, romance and seduction gives Paris an alluring trait anybody would fall in love with.
Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and L´Arc de Triomphe don´t need any introduction, but should not be missed. Likewise a visit the Louvre to see famous paintings like the Mona Lisa is guaranteed to excite and delight, but despite the obvious attractions there is so much more to do as well.
Simply walking around Paris to admire the stunning architecture and learn about its wealth of history is fascinating enough, and with the French capital being so well-known as one of THE fashion-hubs of the world, it attracts a sparkling mix of writers, artists and musicians who are friendly, flirtatious and stylish. Needless to say you will have a wealth of chic boutiques, inviting fashion stores and art galleries to browse around.
Paris is divided into 20 districts with the most tourist attractions being in the historical centre and around the Bastille and Champs Elysee, but if you want to explore further afield and discover a little more of the real Paris head for the saucy Pigalle district, the old red light area which is now the new red hot neighbourhood filled with bohemian cafes, heaving bars and sexy burlesque clubs.
For something a little more intellectually inspiring take a walk around the Latin District to soak up the lively atmosphere, dine in any of the mouth-watering bistros and admire the charming architecture that dates back to the Middle-Ages. If you´re looking for an authentic Parisian night-scene Saint-Germain-des-Pres is close by, or alternatively try trendy Oberkampf.
The Paris metro is one of the oldest in Europe and with a regular service is easy to use. It can get very busy though, particularly during rush hour. Alternative ways of getting around can be much more fun, less expensive, and a lot less hassle. Contemplate a river taxi, or if you´re feeling really adventurous hire a bike and see more of the quirky back streets and Parisian decadence, something most locals pretend the city does not have.
Travel to Paris by Ferry
If you are travelling from the north of England or Scotland, then consider sailing from Hull or Newcastle to Belgium or Holland, this will avoid driving the length of the Britain and cut the driving time down. There are numerous ferries sailing direct from the UK to France (not all listed below), these are all located on the southern coast of England.
Which ever ferry you choose, you’ll need to leave time to drive to Paris.