Paris is the cosmopolitan capital of France, found in the central northern part of the country within the heart of the Ile-de-France region. Known internationally for its unparalleled shopping opportunities, superb restaurants and fascinating cultural hotspots, the city attracts visitors from all over the world, each eager to enjoy their own Parisian experience.
The most famous landmark in Paris is without a doubt the iconic Eiffel Tower which stretches 1,063 feet into the sky, but that’s not all the city has to offer. The Louvre art gallery – home to the infamous Mona Lisa painting, the Arc de Triomphe – with its battle-depicting reliefs, Notre Dame – one of the most stunning Gothic churches in the world, and Sacre Coeur – a strikingly white basilica perched on top of the city’s tallest point, all feature prominently in Paris sightseeing guides. But don’t think you have to be a complete culture vulture to enjoy a trip to Paris – the city has just as many comedy shows, relaxing parks and family-friendly activities as it does museums and historic attractions, making it a destination suitable for everyone.
Likewise, if you thought Paris was only for travelers who could afford to splash out – think again. You’ll find plenty of cheap accommodation in Paris if you know where to look. If you want to be in the center of all the action, consider staying at a hostel or guest house in the heart of the city. On the other hand, if you don’t mind jumping on the tube to get into the center of the city, you’ll find plenty of cheap hotels in Paris around the outskirts of the city.
It’s impossible to mention Paris without talking about its famous theme park – Disneyland Paris. Located on the very outskirts of eastern Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, Disneyland Paris is the most visited attraction in not just Paris, but the whole of Europe. If you’d like to stay in Paris and want to split your time between the popular theme park and the attraction-packed city center, you’ll find plenty of low-cost accommodation in Paris in the outer arrondissements, half way between the city center and the park.