Why a Paris city break is a great choice of destination
If a Paris city break is on your bucket-list, you're in good company. The city of romance and art is a popular choice among travellers promising themselves they'll complete their travel bucket list. The thing with travel bucket lists though is fitting all the world's stunning destinations into one lifetime. That's why quick city breaks are becoming so popular.
The Charles-de-Gaulle airport north-west of the French capital is the official airport of Air France and is a hub connecting Paris to 130 destinations world-wide. With a new direct flight from Glasgow, Paris has become an even more popular city break for British travellers. With flights starting from £90, you will be able to travel to Paris and beyond. Here's why we think Paris offers a cost effective and stress-free city break.
1. Some of the world's best cuisine
French cuisine has earned a reputation as one of the finest in the world. If you're a foodie, Paris is a must – make sure you book yourself dinner or enjoy the café culture along the cobbled streets. Even travelling with Air France you are able to enjoy delicious cuisine with a complementary glass of champagne on many of their flights.
2. Renowned artwork
If you're an art aficionado, a trip to Paris is a must. The Louvre is situated right in the heart of the city, beside the Seine River on the Right Bank. It's the largest museum in the world with an impressive 300 rooms displaying 35,000 works of art. Just down the road, the Orangerie Museum is home to Monet's famous water-lillies. Further along the Right Bank you'll find Musée Picasso, a museum dedicated to the work of Picasso. While across on the Left Bank, art fans will find one of the two art galleries dedicated to the world of sculptor Auguste Rodin.
3. One of the best airports in the world for duty-free shopping
The Charles-de-Gaulle Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe – with plenty of duty free shops. It's always a good idea to make it back to any airport with plenty of time to spare but this is one airport that will be part of the holiday itself.
4. Some of the best shopping in the world
While the airport offers some of the largest duty-free shops in the world, the city of Paris itself is famed for fashionable shopping. From the luxury threads available on Avenue Montaigne to the large shopping centres on Boulevard Haussmann, you'll be able to take Parisian chic back home with you.
5. It's home to a Disney Theme Park
Everyone needs to visit a Disney Destination at least once. Europe's own Disneyland® is located just east of Paris, with its own RER train line running from the heart of the city. Home to all the favourite characters, Disney fans can wander around two parks (Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park), the Disney Village®, seven resort hotels and Golf Disneyland®.
6. Numerous bus and walking tours
If you're finding it difficult short-listing the glamorous Paris attractions, book yourself a bus or walking tour and let someone else guide you round all the sights.
7. Over 100 onward destinations
Air France flies to over 130 destinations from Charles-de-Gaulle airport allowing you to fly on somewhere else after your city break. Whether you're dreaming of an adventurous safari in Africa or relaxing on a Seychelles beach, the itinerary options are endless.
8. One of the most organised metro systems in the world
All the stations in Paris are named after a near-by landmark, so you'll never get lost. If you've identified what it is you want to see in Paris get out the Metro map and head there. For extra confidence using the Metro, read our previous blog post on how to use the subway system in Paris (and other major world cities).
9. It's not an expensive stop-over
With flights starting from £90, a city break in Paris is also a cost-effective way to see as much of your bucket-list as possible.
10. It's Paris
Paris is famous around the world for being a must-see European city: sophisticated atmosphere, gorgeous cuisine, vibrant art scene, detailed architecture and famous landmarks. It's on everyone's bucket list for a reason - time to put it on yours.
Edited by Morag@BarrheadTravel