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It's easy to see why Paris is often named one of the greatest cities in the world to visit, considering its timeless allure and effortless cool.

Bisected by the River Seine, the city has a lively energy that can be felt everywhere from its chic shopping spots to its iconic landmarks.

A magnet for creatives, many of France's greatest writers, poets and artists have called this city home, leaving visitors with a rich variety of cultural things to do in Paris.

The inimitable French capital is the epicentre of the nation's art, food and fashion scene. Nicknamed both the 'City of Light' and the 'City of Love', this romantic metropolis has everything you could ever desire from a quintessential French escape.

Take in spectacular sights, embrace the legendary culinary scene and find the scenic spots that make millions of visitors fall in love with this city each year. Find out why Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world by travelling to France with P&O Ferries today.

Inner City Paris

Many of France's most famous landmarks can be found in its great capital, and all prove essential diversions for visitors. The most iconic of all is the Eiffel Tower, which has become a proud symbol of the city. You can climb to the top of this soaring construction or simply enjoy a sunset meal with the tower in the distance, its dazzling illumination visible for miles over the Paris skyline. 

For architectural splendour, the majestic Arc de Triomphemonument offers fantastic views down each of the twelve avenues off the Place Charles de Gaulle, while the gargoyle-guarded Notre Dame cathedral on Île de la Cité is truly unmissable.

Nestled along the River Seine in the former royal palace, the Louvre receives the most visitors each year of any museum in the world, and displays some of the country's most impressive masterpieces, including of course Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Paris has countless other options for art lovers, such as the Musée Marmottan,which houses the world's largest collection of Monet artworks, or the lavish villa Musée Rodin, which features work by the famous sculptor.

Eating and Drinking in Paris

The great American writer Ernest Hemingway called Paris 'a moveable feast' as the city's livelihood and culture stay with you for the rest of your life. This is hugely evident in the country's cuisine, comfortably one of the greatest passions of the French people, and the multitude of fine dining options around the capital ensure eating in Paris is always a memorable experience. Incredibly, there are over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants dotted around the city, illustrating the culinary delights on offer for tourists.

Of course, the food scene goes far beyond gourmet eateries, with rustic French cuisine found everywhere from bistros to street food markets. Make sure to visit your local boulanger and patisserie for freshly made baguettes, croissants and macarons, while the more adventurous traveller may wish to sample France's famous escargots.These beautifully prepared snails are surprisingly tasty and a true national delicacy.

Canal St. Martin, Marais and the Oberkampf district are considered the hippest hangouts in the city thanks to their selection of vibrant, bohemian cafés, cocktail bars and alfresco dining spots. See the birthplace of the can-can dance by heading to Montmartre to find the fabulous Moulin Rouge cabaret and enjoy the number one show in Paris.

For a meal with a view, the Eiffel Tower provides an idyllic background to enjoy panoramic views of the city while you enjoy your meal at the top of France’s most famous monument. For alternative unspoilt views of Paris, the River Seine offers a range of lunch and dinner dining cruises with glass roofed boats which travel through the city centre.

Stunning Sights in Paris

Parisians have long known the pleasures of exploring the city by foot, breathing in the sights and window shopping on a leisurely stroll to their destination. The elegant, tree-lined Champs-Élysées is a hotspot for designer shoppingrunning from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, and is widely heralded as the 'world's most beautiful boulevard'. Elsewhere, locals also favour the boutiques along the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the stylish Marais neighbourhood, which showcases some of the best in French fashion. 

The Arc De Triomphe offers stunning views of the capital, or end your day sitting on the steps of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, a church located at the top of Montmartre, the highest point in the city, boasting phenomenal views across Paris.

For a unique perspective of the city, head to the Coulée verte René-Dumont. These former railway lines have been converted into elevated walkways, beautifully decorated with flowers and greenery, and feel a world away from the busy streets. Finally, the pretty lawns and fountains of the Luxembourg Gardens provide a wonderful green space to relax, and make for a popular spot with visitors and locals alike.Another way to see all of the city is via hop on hop off tour of the city with unlimited travel across the routes to help you maximise your sightseeing time

Just outside of Paris is the Palace of Versailles, one of the most majestic palaces and once the principal royal residence until 1789. As one of the largest palaces in the world, Versailles boasts opulent 18th century French architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and must-see landmark.

A visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Disneyland Paris, explore the magic of two theme parks, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios, with a day trip or extend your stay at one of the many official hotels of the park.

Already visited Disneyland Paris? Just outside Paris, Park Asterix is home to 40 different attractions and 5 wild shows and is a fun alternative for those looking for family fun days out on the Continent.

See the best of the French capital by travelling by ferry to France with P&O Ferries via our Dover to Calais route today.


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