With August rapidly coming to a close and a considerably attractive exchange rate on the euro still available, a late getaway to Europe is the perfect end of summer trip – and what better than a few days in the flourishing French capital?
As well as oozing style and sophistication, Paris has the best of both worlds: steeped in culture, it can offer an eye-opening holiday jam-packed with visits to cultural sites and historic buildings; or a relaxing vacation where you do nothing but stroll along the Seine, settle into a local bar or café watching the world go by and drink in the sights of one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Whether you want to be ‘on-the-go’ or taking it easy, here are a few of the must-see attractions:
The Eiffel Tower - One of Europe's most famous landmarks, this should be at the top of any tourist’s to-do list. Take the stairs or the lift up to the top and prepare to be dazzled by the stunning views across the city. The site of many proposals, this romantic site is a must-do for couples.
The Louvre Museum - Built in the twelfth century, this attraction is sure to pique the attention of tourists seeking thousands of years’ worth of history and culture. Originally a fortress, it was converted into a royal palace in the fourteenth century before being opened to the public as a museum in the 1900s. Fans of Dan Brown will see his novel The Da Vinci Code brought to life as they stand before Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the mystical glass pyramid.
Champs-Elysées - You will not regret a visit to this impressive promenade, which culminates in the Arc de Triomphe – another well-known Paris attraction. Lined with cafés, theatres and luxury shops on one side and the beautiful Jardins des Champs-Elysées on the other, this thriving space is a treat for both the eyes and ears.
Sacré-Coeur Basilica - This majestic white building sits atop Montmartre Hill and keeps watch over the city. It was built in the eighteenth century using Château-Landon stones, which secrete calcite when it rains, acting as a bleacher and thus maintaining its dazzling white exterior. The Savoyarde clock installed within the 272-feet tall clock tower is one of the largest in the world.
If you are contemplating a summer break to Paris, securing your travel money before you depart could be a wise investment.Back to top