Paris is not among the cheapest cities in Europe. Even holidaying there we can spend a not inconsiderable amount of money. Not all travellers can afford a high amount of money for a stay, for example a week in the French capital.
Not all tourists want to part with their hard-earned savings in the French capital. So many of us decide to travel to Paris just for a few days, so as not to miss this French gem so admired by all visitors, numbering in the millions throughout the year.
We know it is impossible to see everything important that the city offers in a few days, so if we do not prepare our journey in advance, anticipating what we should see, we can waste it. Without seeing the most visited and valued sites we do not consider our visit to Paris successful. If, however, you decide to visit the French capital for three days, you know that it is very probable you are not going to see everything.
But still we encourage you to have a good itinerary and travel routine, and then you can see plenty. So let´s find the best places to visit in Paris.
The most representative symbol of Paris and undoubtedly one of the most visited places. We can start our tour viewing this magnificent iron construction of over 300 m in height. Some people from below, but most from the top enjoy majestic views of the city, with spectacular views depending on the time of day and the season. Now, how do you want to reach the top? Choose from the stairs or elevator.
The Arc de Triomphe
We walk from the Tower to the Arc, which Napoleon himself decided to build to commemorate the French victory at the Battle of Austerlitz. At almost 50 m in height it also offers beautiful views over Paris and to admire the Champs Elysees, which is where you will find this famous archway.
Let’s take a walk along the most famous avenue in Europe, which even has its own history. Connecting the Arc de Triomphe, right where we have just been, with the Place de la Concorde. Did you know that this avenue is a main route of the Tour de France? Walk and enjoy. Here you’ll find all the French luxury in the most glamorous shops, restaurants, cinemas and even in gardens.
We follow on to the Place de la Concorde, also one of the most touristic places in Paris. It is the second largest square in France. Here is a very large obelisk and fountains with statues and animals.
During the first day of our – maybe – weekend in Paris we will have enough time to discover the Opera Garnier. It is characterised by its luxury. Lovely decor, mosaics and paintings that attract the attention of all visitors. And there’s more. It is not important to talk so much about it but admire with our own eyes the beauty of this spectacular site.
The second day we could spend time in the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. This large complex of gigantic proportions, famous and much visited, was built by Louis XIV, the Sun King. Here you will also find great works of art of immense value and you can relax in its gardens as a true king.
To get to the Palace you should take a train from Paris and within 30 minutes you’ll be there. Please spend all day in this famous and beautiful place. And, if at the end of the journey through the gardens and palace you still have some energy, you can enjoy a cruise on the Seine – you’ll love it. You can choose a cruise either by day or night ‒ when you’ll see the illuminated historic monuments.
The third day of our tour through Paris offers sufficient time to discover the hill of Montmartre, with the beautiful white Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Cœur). Climb to its top, you can take the funicular or the local bus, where you have the most beautiful views of the city. You’ll be close enough to visit the Moulin Rouge (Red Mill), a famous cabaret known worldwide.
Finally, do not forget to enter the Cathedral of Notre Dame, with its Gothic style. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as is shown in its name. And re-enter history through the most important moments of this cathedral with the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte and the beatification of Joan of Arc.
Perhaps there is time for one last visit to the Louvre museum. Anyway you can always find a few free hours and take advantage of this museum and see at least a few of its greatest works. There are several different rooms in the museum, so you will not have time to see everything. But a short visit will show you what it means to be lost within the walls of such an important and well-organised museum.
Editing by: Catherine Parker
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