Ah, Paris. City Of Love, City Of Light – whatever you call the French capital, its magic is undeniable. As famous for its attractions as it is for its fashion and food, this is a city that requires little introduction. Tourists come to ogle the dancers of the Moulin Rouge as much as they do the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, and spend their days wandering the grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées or between the famous graves of the Père Lachaise Cemetery. To truly get under Paris’ beautiful skin, however, visitors should make a point to explore a variety of the city’s diverse districts, or arrondissements. Make like Sartre and de Beauvoir and philosophise over coffee at The Flore or Deux Magots in Saint Germain, join the fashionistas for a spot of boutique shopping in the Marais, or perhaps join the artists, the romantics and, let’s face it, the randy in Montmartre and Pigalle. Sometimes you don’t even have to leave your accommodation for a quintessential Paris experience though – what could be more Parisian than starting the day with coffee and a croissant on your very own apartment balcony?. Choose from one of the wonderful holiday apartments in Paris, and experience the capital like a local.
When to go to Paris
While a holiday in Paris is captivating at any time of year, your best bet is a visit in spring or autumn, when the weather is relatively mild and the crowds more manageable. Come summer, the tourist hordes arrive as the Parisians depart, meaning you won’t get to mix with the locals for a true taste of Paris life. Winter too has its charms, but expect chilly weather and short days.
Getting to and around Paris
Flights to Paris arrive at three airports, Aéroport d’Orly, Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Aéroport de Beauvais. You can also travel via bus and train, including the popular Eurostar. Once you arrive, the pleasures of walking cannot be underestimated – particularly given most major tourist attractions are found within 10km of each other – but the metro and bicycle hire scheme, Vélib’, are great options too.
Where to stay in Paris
When choosing accommodation in Paris, apartments really are the way to stay. HouseTrip offers a range of quality Paris apartments, allowing you to experience local pleasures like stocking up at the food stalls of neighbourhood markets, or marché volants. Plus, a self catering Paris apartment offers great value for money, especially when compared to the price of notoriously expensive Paris hotel rooms – and you can book on HouseTrip in as few as six clicks.