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Paris & Northern France Tourist Information Guide

Paris is the city of eternal romance. You’ll never be short of things to do here with dozens of unmissable sights and of course Disneyland® Paris Theme Park to visit.  Beyond this vibrant city, some of the best sandy beaches in France lie in Picardy, whilst Champagne boasts beautiful unspoilt countryside. Eurocamp Independent's guide to Paris Tourist Information includes links to the best campsites in Paris, with details of Paris tourist attractions and sightseeing suggestions to make the most of your touring and caravan holiday experience.

Eating out in Paris

While you are in Northern France, try to eat where the locals do. Search out the cheaper restaurants away from the obvious tourist spots. For picking up some specialities in Paris head to the flea markets, or to Fauchon on Place de la Madeleine for wonderful foodie treats.

Restaurants need not be expensive and every ‘quarter’ has its reasonably priced bistros. Many restaurants in Paris are closed on Sundays and during August. Cafés are a Parisian institution and the obvious places for a break from sightseeing. Best known for pavement cafés are the boulevards such as the Champs-Elysées, but more atmospheric cafés are to be found on the Left Bank.

Paris Sightseeing and Culture

Must see locations and information for tourists visiting Paris:

The Eiffel Tower
Built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition.  A lift runs to the top and there are a number of restaurants and souvenir shops on the two lower platforms.

Notre-Dame
This is the oldest and one of the most beautiful parts of Paris. The cathedral has been the centre of Parisian life for eight centuries.

Louvre Museum
Built in 1546 as a palace for François I, the Louvre now contains over 400,000 works of art, including the world famous painting of Mona Lisa.

Place De La Concorde
Spanning 8.5 hectares, this is one of the world's most impressive squares.

Theme park fun
Don’t miss Disneyland® Paris, Parc Asterix and Nausicaa Sea Life Centre, all in this region.

Parks
Most parks within the city are formal, and you cannot therefore sit on the grass. There are plenty of seats though and many parks (such as the Champ de Mars and the Jardin de Luxembourg) provide children’s entertainments such as puppet shows.

Boat Trips
A good way of seeing the sights, many of which stand on or near the banks of the Seine. ‘Bâteaux-Mouches’ (open or glass top boats) run regularly from near the Pont de l’Alma (right bank).

Concerts
There are many classical concerts, often in the better known churches, including Notre-Dame on Sunday evenings. There are concerts every day at the ‘Auditorium des Halles’, and experimental modern music can be heard at the Pompidou Centre. 

Opera
There are two Opera Houses - the ‘Opéra de La Bastille’ (Métro Bastille), built in 1989 to commemorate the Bicentenary of the French Revolution and the ‘Opéra Garnier’ (Métro Opéra), a traditional building with magnificent decoration, particularly in the great staircase and foyer.

Theatre
See the press for details of performances. ‘Cafés-théâtres’ and informal club-type theatres, can be very enjoyable if you understand any French. Theatres tend to close for the month of August.

Jazz Clubs
Another typically Parisian institution. Good ones in the Latin Quarter, including ‘Caveau de la Huchette’ (Métro St. Michel), also ‘La Paillote’ (Métro Odéon).

Shopping in Paris

Whether it's shopping for delicacies or for fashion, Paris is a dreamland for all. Parisian food shops and markets can be interesting even if you do not wish to buy. Flea markets (‘Marchés aux Puces’) are very much a feature of Paris at weekends. The most famous (and therefore quite expensive) is at the Porte de Clignancourt on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Others are at the Porte de Montreuil, the Place d’Aligre (Métro Ledru Rollin) and the Porte de Vanves.

How to get to Paris and Northern France

Take a short sea crossing to Calais with a drive of about 4 hours to Paris, or take a longer crossing to Caen, leaving a drive of between 2-3 hours depending on your site.

Transportation and Travelling around Paris

The underground (Métro) system is certainly the most convenient way to get around Paris as it is quick, efficient and relatively inexpensive. Tickets can be bought in books (‘carnets’) of 10, and there is a standard price for all journeys, but check your ticket applies to all zones that you wish to travel to.

The same tickets are used on the buses and the métro. Within Paris, one ticket is now sufficient to cover any journey. In the outskirts, two tickets may be required for longer journeys.

All taxis have a display panel on the roof and are only allowed to pick up from ranks (‘stations de taxi’). Rates are shown in each cab.

Campsites in Paris & Northern France