Compare cheap hotels Paris for the best deals. Pure romance, gastronomic delights, sumptuous wine, stunning tourist attractions, top class skiing and glamorous coastal resorts all combine to make France officially the most popular holiday destination on the planet. Typically attracting over eighty million tourists each year, France aims to please and does so effortlessly.
Even the campsites in France are special, and are more akin to miniature theme park resorts! Add in the wonderful Mediterranean climate in the south of the country, where average summer temperature highs hit over twenty-five degrees, and the cooler climate of the sun-capped Mont Blanc region, and you can see why France needs to be experienced at least once!
The attractions in France are truly spectacular. Who could fail to be impressed with such wonders as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Louvre Museum, the Palais des Papes, the Pont du Gard Bridge, Mont Saint Michel Island, Chateau de Chambard, the Palace of Versailles and the many D Day sights, including the sombre Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial!
Add in the swanky beaches, harbours, promenades, nightclubs and casinos of the French Riviera (which typically gets over three hundred days of sun each year). The stunning ski resorts in the Alps (particularly Chamonix with its Mont Blanc Mountain backdrop), the awe-inspiring natural/national parks in Provence, the stately castles in the Loire Valley and of course the ‘romantic ambience’ of Paris, and you get just a tiny sample of what this very proud country has to offer the lucky visitor!
And in case you think the kids might still be a little underwhelmed with all this extravagance, you can always bring them to Disneyland Paris to shake Mickey Mouse’s hand, before letting them experience all the thrills and spills of the park’s Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Phantom Manor rides!
France is gourmet heaven, with more world class chefs and restaurants than any food lover could dream of. Beef bourguignon, coq au vin, ratatouille, bouillabaisse (fish stew), cassoulet (bean and meat casserole), fois gras, crepes, croissants, crème brulee, quiche, baguettes, escargots (snails), frogs legs, gratin duphinois…and not forgetting the humble garlic bulb, are all French specialities of the house! Dairy lovers can also indulge themselves by savouring the country’s finest, famous cheeses, including brie, camembert and roquefort.
The true home of the grape, France excels in producing some of the finest wines in the world, so much so that many visitors’ holiday itineraries are based solely around sampling as much of this fine elixir as possible! Tasting trips to vineyards in the more popular French wine growing regions of Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Bordeaux, Beaujolais and not forgetting Champaign, are becoming increasingly popular. And just for the record, France produces an incredible eight billion bottles of wine every year, specialising in cabernet, chardonnay, sauvignon, syrah and pinot noir varietals.
And if fashionable shopping establishments are your thing, France will spoil you rotten! The country is the birthplace of Haut Couture and is home many of the world’s most popular fashion brands, including Yves Saint Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Givency and Dior!
The sporting enthusiast will also find much to be pleased about when visiting France, from the World famous Tour de France bicycle race to a passionate soccer or rugby international in the impressive Stade de France. And if that’s not enough, there’s the French Open Tennis, Le Mans Car Race and Monaco Grand Prix (just across the French border in the French Rivera) to cheer along to.
Another great feature of this Gallic country is the ease at which visitors can travel between and within cities. France has almost thirty thousand kilometres of railway infrastructure, as well as the infamous TGV train, which can travel at a speed of over three hundred kilometres per hour!
Add in the many city underground rail networks (including the Paris, Lyon, Lille, Marseilles, Toulouse and Rennes metros), trams, and cable cars, and of course the glorious motorways, and you can see why visitors return again and again to seek out the attractions still not ticked off their must see French holiday list. We compare the best deals in Paris, French Riviera, Nice, Lyon, Chamonix, Cannes to name just a few of our top French destinations. Thank you for visiting our cheap hotels Paris page, we hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable trip.
The most romantic city in the world, Paris will enthral with its sophistication and unique attractions. In fact one of the wonderful thing about visiting Paris is the vast array of sights that do not charge an entrance fee! These include The Sacre Coeur Basilica, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Musee Carnavalet and of course the many stunning formal and very colourful public parks, including Parc Monceau, Jardin des Tuileries and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
Paris lies on the River Seine, which divides the city into its Left Bank and Right Bank, and which offers a truly amazing opportunity to view the sights by taking a river cruise through the very heart of Paris. There are also many restaurants, souvenir vendors and artists (including those naughty caricature artists!) along parts of this famous river to investigate. Those preferring to visit the city on-land can avail of The Paris Metro, which has over three hundred stations to hop on and off!
One of the most atmospheric places to visit in Paris is Montmartre, a one hundred and thirty metre high, culture-filled hill overlooking the city. As well as the glorious Sacre Cour Basilica, the area has many street artists, galleries, cafes, restaurants, shops and market vendors to engage the senses…as well as some truly wonderful views across the city.
Known for its wonderful gastronomic exploits, the city has many extraordinary restaurants and cafes to indulge the hungry visitor. However, one of the more ‘interesting’ meals can be had while watching those talented, frilly-dressed, can can dancers perform at the infamous Moulin Rouge. Of course it’s not all about adult fun in Paris. The kids will adore a visit to Disneyland Paris, a short train ride from the city centre. A visit to the city’s many flea/food markets will also entertain young and old, including those at Saint Ouen, Marche d’ Aligre and Rue Mouffetard.
For a more unusual and slightly morbid day out, a visit to either Mountparnasse Cemetery or Pere Lachaise Cemetery is to be recommended, where you can pay homage to the graves of The Doors’ Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, John Paul Sartre and Simon de Beauvoir!
And if your legs haven’t given up the ghost, a nice long walk along the tree-lined Champs Elysees street, with its cafes, shops and cinemas, or to Paris’ Latin Quarter on The Left Bank, with its trendy shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, will be most rewarding.
1. The Eiffel Tower: Iconic Parisian, nineteenth century, iron structure. Over three hundred and twenty metres high, the tower attracts around seven million visitors’ each year, so expect some queuing! Access is by lift, or for those with absolutely no fear of heights, by steps! There are restaurants on two of the three levels.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral: Stunning gothic-styled, twelfth century, Roman Catholic cathedral with attractions including the many exterior gargoyles, high alter with King Louis statues, ten bells including one that weighs over thirteen tons, a seven thousand-plus piped organ and of course some beautiful stained glass windows.
3. The Louvre Museum: Home to nearly forty thousand exhibits including De Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting and the one armed Venus de Milo statue. The museum is the most popular museum on the planet and attracts up to ten million visitors each year. Cafes, restaurants and shops onsite.
4. Arc de Triomphe: Located on the Champs Elysees, this imposing arch is fifty metres high and underneath the arch is the flame at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Inside the structure is an exhibition, and its terrace offers amazing citywide views.
5. Musee D’orsay: Located on the banks of the River Seine in a former train station building, this world renowned art museum houses works by popular artists including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pissarro and Renoir. Restaurant onsite.
6. Basilica of the Sacre Cour: Located proudly on top of Montmartre Hill, this picturesque Catholic church offers stunning views over the city from the top of its dome. Inside, the painted ceiling, crypts and pipe organ are particularly interesting. The basilica looks stunning when lit up at night.
7. George Pompidou Centre: Infamous building with an appearance that it was made from pipes and tubes! This rather controversial structure is home to an enormous library and the National Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s exhibits are very much influenced by the contemporary art movement and has up to one hundred thousand items on display by over six thousand artists.
8. Pantheon: Originally a church, the Roman-styled Pantheon now operates as a mausoleum. Inside there are seventy crypts including those of Emile Zola and Voltaire.