24 hours in Paris
France’s capital, Paris, is the third most visited city in the world. Packed full of iconic attractions, fashion, food and romance, it's the perfect place for a short break. Here are the highlights of this glamorous city.
1. See the Eiffel Tower
Arguably the most visited landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower attracts almost seven million visitors a year. This monument represents the city, so take a ride to the top and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Paris. If you want to find the best place to take a picture of it, head to the steps of the Trocadero.
2. Be entertained
Known as the birthplace of the can-can dance, the Moulin Rouge cabaret club was founded back in 1889 in the district of Pigalle near Montmartre. Today it is a major tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors around the world.
3. Climb the Arc de Triomphe
Standing in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the top of Champs Elysées, is the Arc de Triomphe. This beautifully decorated arch was built in honour of those who fought for their country, in particular during the Napoleonic Wars. You can climb to the top and take in the magnificent views across the city.
4. Take a bike
What is the fastest and easiest way to see Paris? Take a cycle tour of course and pedal your way to the Marais, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre and the Eiffel tower at a pace you are comfortable with. Known as Vélib you can visit the entire city by bike by hopping on one of 20,000 bikes docked around the city at 1,800 bike stations.
5. Explore the Louvre
Unquestionably one of the finest art galleries on the planet, the Louvre is in fact the largest museum in the world and is home to a vast and impressive collection of artwork. Over 8 million visitors a year come to enjoy its many treasures including its most famous painting, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
6. Shop and enjoy the views
The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store selling most major brands and is located on Boulevard Haussmann. Enjoy a spot of shopping with the most spectacular ceiling view ever - this breathtaking art deco interior really does make it a shopping trip to remember.
7. Visit the Centre Pompidou
For three decades the Centre Pompidou has succeeded in its aim to be both an art gallery and a cultural hub for the city, so if you love modern art this should definitely be on your list. It has many fantastic temporary exhibitions and the building itself is definitely worth seeing.