Paris/Ile De France

Paris/ Ile de France

Ile-de-France is composed of eight departments : Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val d'Oise, Yvelines centered around its innermost department and capital, Paris.

Paris, the city of romance is not only cosmopolitan but is filled with endless museums, art galleries and important cultural heritage. Activities that can not be missed are the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower – both by day and night this is a stunning symbol of Paris. Wander along the Arc de Triomphe, which is probably the second most famous image of Paris after the Eiffel Tower –on the way pop into some of the famous shops on the Champs Elysees, the magnificent boulevard that stretches form the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde.

You can also follow in the footsteps of the Da Vinci Code and visit the Musée du Louvre, home to an internationally renowned collection of art, most importantly The Mona Lisa.  Step out of the city and you can escape for a day of relaxation. Rolling countryside surrounds Paris filled with châteaux, 15th century Churches and traditional French villages. 

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Essonne in Ile-de-France

Val-de-Marne in Ile-de-France

Hauts-de-Seine in Ile-de-France

Yvelines in Ile-de-France

Seine-Saint-Denis in Ile-de-France

Val d'Oise in Ile-de-France

Seine-et-Marne in Ile-de-France

Reach the Top in Paris / Ile de France

Climb..whether it is up the famous cliffs at Fontainebleau or the artificial climbing walls in Paris and its surrounding area, defy the laws of gravity and experience the joys of climbing.

Public Transport in Paris / Ile de France

Paris is one of the easiest cities in the world to get around. There is an extensive train system, called the Metro, with frequent trains, as well as an excellent bus service across the city.

Food and Drink in Paris / Ile de France

There are lots of well-known cheeses from Ile de France. Two of the most widely recognised cheeses from Ile de France are Brie and Brie de Meax. Brie is a round soft cheese with white mould and is often described as having a somewhat fruity taste with a hint of mushrooms.

Horse Riding in Paris / Ile-de-France

Welcome to the French capital of equestrian sports. Now is your chance to saddle up and gallop through the forests, hit the trails in a horse-drawn carriage or set your child on a pony. For those who have the riding spirit, and whatever level of expertise, there are several options available that will let you discover the region on horseback.

Golfing in Paris / Ile de France

Paris is an ideal destination for those who want to combine a golfing trip with the attractions of one of the world’s most famous cities. There is a wide range of world class golf courses throughout the region and the sport is enjoying increasing popularity amongst locals and visitors.

Cycling in Paris / Ile-de-France

If you prefer to cycle, no problem: hiring a bike is child's play, and for the last few years the capital has been making cycling a priority. Some of Paris Il de France parks allow bikes so that you can enjoy a cycle while still in the city. Outside there are multiple routs that take you through the beautiful countryside.

Night life in Paris / Ile de France

Whether it is on a terrace beneath sweet summer skies, at flashy venues, operas, theatres, concerts or the latest discos, Parisian nights are always synonymous with celebrations and gatherings. All you have to do is let your desires lead the way.

Outside of Paris

Outside of Paris it is worth touring the Ile-de-France, a region of 11 million inhabitants outside of the "périphérique" or Paris ring road. Here you will find a more relaxed pace of life and a friendly welcome.

Boating in Paris / Ile-de-France

Discover the Ile-de-France region from a different and very original angle, navigating the Seine, Oise, and Marne rivers or through the numerous canals.

Walking Paris Ile de France

There are many reasons for a stroll in Paris Ile de France, from the buildings to the shopping and people. Rambling around just to look at the architecture is worthwhile. A lot of Parisian structures were setting their feet firmly in the new century long before the curtains were drawn on the previous one.

Cité des Sciences and de l'Industrie

The cite des sciences and de l'industrie is one of Europe's largest centre for the diffusion of science and technology which is suitable for all: school parties, senior citizens, young people, clubs and societies, etc. They've welcomed more than 3 million visitors in 2007.

Contemporary Art in Paris / Ile-de-France

On the cutting edge of all cultures, Paris Ile-de-France invites visitors to explore its contemporary art treasures. From the most avant-garde venues to more intimate museums and other sites, you will enjoy the diversity and originality of Paris' artistic life.

Art in Paris / Ile de France

The multitude of artists' studios, or ateliers, in Paris and the Ile-de-France region provide fertile ground for artistic creation. From the bohemian to the internationally renowned, artists take you behind the scenes to reveal the home of their inspiration and imagination.

History of Paris / Ile de France

Paris was first founded around 52BC and has had a very turbulent history throughout the centuries. Paris first started as an island in the river Seine and its structure developed through many rulers, not least Napoleon who struggled to capture the city because of its narrow streets which made life difficult for his troops and horse drawn artillery.

Historic Places in Paris / Ile de France
Les Invalides is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement, now containing museums and monuments, relating to France's military history, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, which were the building's original purpose. The name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides, the hospital for invalids.

Places of Art in Paris / Ile de France

Montmartre is one of the more famous areas of Paris, celebrated for its bohemian nature and colony of artists. Historically, this was a gathering area for artists and writers who travelled from many parts of the world to spend time in Paris.

Places of Interest in Paris / Ile de France

Notre Dame

Notre Dame was first constructed between 1163 and1345, commissioned by Maurice de Sully, Bishop of Paris. Built in an age of illiteracy, the cathedral depicted stories of the Bible in its portals, paintings, and stained glass. From the 28 statues to the colourful stained glass windows, Notre Dame is renowned for its art and its history.

Not to be missed in Ile-de-France

Around Paris, Ile-de-France offers the joys of discovering both nature and culture. With 9 royal towns, 400 listed gardens and châteaux including 24 masterpieces of landscape art, medieval villages or Cistercian abbeys, the Ile-de-France region boasts a unique and fascinating heritage.

Not to be missed in Paris

Some cities call to mind lovers, others architecture, yet others an intellectual, cultural or appealing popular atmosphere. Paris has all these faces, plus lots more to discover depending on your particular interest.


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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
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