Enveloping the French capital in a blanket of natural beauty, cultural abundance and rich heritage is the region of Île-de-France. The premier national region, Île-de-France (or island of France) includes the metropolitan area of Paris and its surroundings. It is not a true island of course, most likely gaining its name from its bordering of the rivers Seine, Oise and Marne. Making up 28% of France, the Île-de-France area has a lot more to offer than the city of Paris; and has a diverse natural and man-made landscape. Explore a thousand ponds, pretty villages, grandiose châteaux, Disneyland Paris and thousands of kilometres of brooks and streams all within an easy commute of Paris.
With a temperate Atlantic climate, a trip to Île-de-France is a fantastic idea any time of the year. The area enjoys mild winters, warm summers and moderate rainfall – making it a domain of calm, pleasant weather and days spent outside.
Holiday in Île-de-France
Whether you are holidaying with a loved one or spending time with friends or family, Île-de-France is the essence of France and all things French. Rather than taking a trip to see only the capital, experience the vast array of delights and wonders that the country has to offer, all within short travel distance.
To get your fill of France’s cultural splendour, consider a trip to the grand and majestic Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site to the south of Paris. This palace was the seat of royalty and the government until the French Revolution, and a trip to see this vast and regal edifice is unmissable. Rent a car or hop on a train to explore any of the hundreds and hundreds of villages dotted around the region. This is one of the most authentic ways to experience France – and a great way to find an amazing restaurant geared at locals, with a decent price tag away from the tourist areas.
Apart from all the attractions and excitement of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, Paris is still one of the greatest cities in the world for shopping. And once you have taken your shopping bags of haute couture back to your holiday rental, the Parisian nightlife is truly spectacular – ranging from the tongue-in-cheek naughtiness of the Moulin Rouge to a slew of the finest restaurants, theatres, clubs and shows in Europe.
However one of the main draws for visitors to Île-de-France besides Paris has got to be the home of Mickey and Goofy and Pluto. Disneyland Paris attracts more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower combined, and the bubble-gum pink and cartoon happiness of every child’s paradise is top priority for many family visitors.
If you are looking for a break away from the urban hustle and bustle, then Île-de-France is also the right place for you. Whether you choose to stay near the Oise Valley north of Paris, or the famous Fontainebleau Forest (Forest of Heather) to the south-east or in any of the riverside villages speckled around the region.
Renting holiday accommodation in Île-de-France
Whether visiting the funky, glamorous, dirty, historic urban metropolis of Paris, looking to live on a French estate, or stay in a bungalow in a picturesque village; you cannot find a much better alternative than your very own holiday rental. Make sure to experience a truly authentic trip to Île-de-France by avoiding crowded hotels and finding your very own little piece of France. As an added bonus you’ll even be able to put a load of washing on.