Paris, France

Paris panorama

Paris, France

Map of Paris-Isle-of-France in France

The Paris is in the Île-de-France region

Map of Île-de-France in France
Map of Paris-Isle-of-France, France

About Paris

Paris is the capital city of France.

The French historic, political and economic capital, with a population of only 2.5 million is located in the northern part of France.

One of the most beautiful cities in the world. Home to historical monuments such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower (320m), Bastille, Louvre and many more. Much of the city was re-designed by Haussmann in the 19th century.

Paris has a population of more than 2.5 million people, and the city is divided into 20 "arrondissements" (districts) which are numbered 1 to 20.

The river Seine divides the city into the Rive Gauche on the south and the Rive Droite on the north banks of the river. The river is still very busy with commercial barges transporting cargo in and out, there is also much

The historical name for the city is Parisii and given by the Gauls, however the Romans arrived in 52 B.C. and changed the name to Lutetia

View of Paris and the river Seine

Views of Paris and the river Seine

Paris highlights, colour and romance

More information and photos about Paris A to Z : city of colour, life and romance

Building in Paris

Many of the famous boulevards and city centre buildings where transformed by Haussmann and Napolean III (Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte). The streets where made much wider, places and squares where built and the buildings completely rebuilt. The atmosphere was totally transformed, space and perspective being main ingredient such as you can see on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, whilst preserving historical buildings such as Notre Dame. This also influenced other French cities to change.

The night life is rich with the famous cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge, Lido and the Crazy Horse. Gastronomic restaurants offering cuisine of the finest are numerous and at all prices.

Gites, Bed and breakfast, Chambres hotes

B&B for 2 people

Amazing breakfasts, super-comfortable bed(s) & an elevator to the door. Super-kingsize OR Twin. Terrace balcony with view.

Apartment holiday rental

60m²/200ft² home away from home in central Paris. 4 people. There is a full kitchen, 1 & half bathrooms, free high-speed wifi and a large, modern elevator will bring you to your door.

Historical monuments, castles, museums

Arc de Triomphe

The arch is built on the Place Charles de Gaulle, which was formally known as the Place de l'Étoile, 12 roads meet at the arch forming a huge roundabout including the Avenue des Champs-Élysées which arrives at La Place de la Concorde. Construction began in 1806 and was finally finished in 1836 after various pauses.

It is possible to visit the Arc de Triomphe and climb the 50 metres to the top.

The Eiffel tower

The Eiffel tower
La Tour d'Eiffel is one of the most well know landmarks in the world. Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the World Expo, the construction was completed after 2 years, 2 months and 5 days. Reaching a height of 324 meters, built of iron and more than 7,000 tonnes in weight, the tower remains one of tallest buildings in the capital.

Once you reach the base of the tower, it is possible to visit the three levels, there is a lift/escalator to take you to each level (but the higher you go the more it costs. If you are more adventurous and would like to avoid the queues, then walk up the metal stair case to level one and or two.

Finding the tower is so easy as you can see it for miles, but there is also the Metro at the Trocadero station.

Photos of the Eiffel Tower

The Louvre

One of the greatest art museums in the world. Located in the heart of the French capital. The web site offers a very interesting virtual visit of the gallery. Access via the Metro at the station Palais-Royal, Batobus to the Escale Louvre.

Notre Dame de Paris

 Notre-Dame de Paris

The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was built in 1163 and opened in 1345. The building was severely damaged by fire on the 15th April 2019, the spire and roof have been totally destroyed however the walls and some historical relics have been saved.

Notre-Dame cathedral

In front of the cathedral is the "Point zéro des routes de France", the spot which marks the beginning of all road distances in France.

La Place de la Concorde

Tourism, travel, information

Paris Metro

Routes and itineraries for travelling on the Paris Metro. You can also prurchase tickets and travel passes for your holidays.