There can be few destinations that come close to Paris when seeking the perfect short city break. Some 28 million tourists visit the French capital every year, soaking up its wealth of art, its fashion credentials, its delicious food ... and of course its romantic ambience! Paris is literally dripping in elegance and style and has something for just about everyone.
Paris is located in the north-central region of France, along the banks of the River Seine, and is the country's largest city. More than 12 million people live in Paris, making it one of the largest urban areas in terms of inhabitants in Europe. The city's roots date back more than 2,000 years and it unsurprisingly boasts a large number of important historical sites. Not only that, but four UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in Paris, along with world-class museums, art galleries, restaurants and shops. Unsurprisingly the city is not cheap, but it's possible to save money while still enjoying the city in style if you opt for a holiday apartment in Paris.
There's plenty to see and do in Paris - it's the ideal weekend city destination, but also offers enough to keep visitors happy for much longer. Here are just a few of the top sights that tourists would be foolish to miss:
The Eiffel Tower - One of the most famous structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower was designed and built by engineer Gustave Eiffel's company in 1889. Standing 324 metres tall, the tower is the most visited paid monument in the world, attracting an average of more than seven million people every year.
Arc de Triomphe - This is another world-famous monument. Located in the Place Charles de Gaulle and standing 50 metres in height, the triumphal arch was inaugurated in July 1836 and is a monument to those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
The Louvre - Nearly 35,000 items are on display in the Louvre Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. More than eight million visitors arrive to tackle 60,000 square metres of exhibition space each year, but it would take countless repeat visits to see all it has to offer. The museum is located on the right bank of the River Seine in the Louvre Palace, parts of which date back to the 12th century.
Notre Dame de Paris - Work on this world-famous church commenced in 1163 and the main building was completed in 1345. Located in Paris' fourth arrondissement, the Roman Catholic cathedral is seen as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. A number of importance relics are housed here.
International visitors typically arrive in Paris via the Charles de Gaulle airport, which is the country's largest airport. There is also a smaller international airport, called Orly Airport. Alternatively, many of those travelling from the UK take the Eurostar rail service, which transports passengers under the English Channel, while excellent rail connections mean the rest of Europe is easily within reach.
Summer is peak tourist season and visitors are treated to a number of events and festivals from June to August. Those wishing to avoid the hotter weather and busiest crowds may prefer to travel to Paris in spring or autumn instead.If you're planning a trip to France, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Paris? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
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