Holiday Parks near Paris
Paris, capital of France. It’s the world’s most elegant city, renowned for culture, fine dining and romance. It’s also a wonderfully fun, family destination, offering, quite literally, something for everyone and all tastes. It’s easy to get to, and is en-route to any final destination in France (with the nearest Siblu holiday park being Domaine de Dugny in the Loire Valley). It’s also disarmingly compact, so you can cover a lot of ground quickly and easily – especially on foot (take the Métro at least once, however). And for every must-see attraction, you’ll find a quintessentially Parisian cafe just around the next corner. Put simply, Paris is city exploring at its best.
The Great Outdoors
Paris has great parks. Buttes-Chaumont is the most magical: rocky buttes, a mysterious grotto, and the curious Temple de la Sibylle. There are also playgrounds, a puppet theatre and picnic-friendly lawns. Champ-de-Mars, near the Eiffel Tower, is equally fun-filled: pedal cars, merry-go-rounds, street performers – and what a backdrop! Parisians favourite, the Jardin du Luxembourg, has more playgrounds as well as carousels and pony rides. And as you meander from the Louvre to Place de la Concorde, rest for a moment in the handsome Jardin des Tuileries. In summertime, you can enjoy its fairground and ride the dizzying heights of the Ferris wheel. For a breath of fresh air just outside the city limits, there’s expansive Bois de Vincennes to the east, and regal Bois de Boulogne to the west. Both are great places to explore on foot or by bike. And Paris has an excellent civic bike hire scheme – Vélib’ – so take advantage, pick up a bike and explore a few more neighbourhoods…
Things To Do & Special Events
There is no shortage of things to do in Paris! Here’s a tiny taster. Sacré Coeur: visit the basilica, admire the vista, and soak up the mesmerising Montmartre vibe. The Eiffel Tower. As astonishing up close as you’d hope, and if you plan to go up it, book tickets in advance to avoid the queues. Notre-Dame. Awe-inspiring inside and out, with an unbeatable location in the city’s heart. The Louvre. Probably the world’s greatest museum. Arc de Triomphe. Paris radiates outwards from this arch with sublime views left, right and centre. You can even climb to the top. But it’s the wacky races encircling it that will keep you amused for hours.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Head to Place du Tertre (Montmartre) and have your portrait (or caricature) painted – could there be a better holiday souvenir?! Visit Les Catacombes, a rabbit warren of tunnels beneath the city where six million Parisians from the 18th century lie buried. Savour Berthillon ice cream on Ile St-Louis while admiring panoramic views whichever way you turn. Enjoy Paris-Plage – as well as ‘imported’ beaches, there are bouncy castles and swimming pools suspended over the Seine. Meander the streets of Le Marais (where shops open on Sundays!) and relax in the sublime Place des Vosges. Make a detour to rue Mouffetard: once a Roman road, it’s now a cobbled market street bursting with shops and stalls selling cakes, cheese, and charcuterie.
Places To Go
Why would you want or need to leave Paris? That said, it’s easy and fun to take a day trip to Versailles or Disneyland, and both destinations are brilliantly served by public transport.
Paris Essentials: the Eiffel Tower, Berthillon ice cream on Ile St-Louis, sunbathing in Buttes-Chaumont