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Paris is the City of Lights and the City of Love. Topped by the unmistakeable outline of the Eiffel Tower, it's home to some of the continent’s most recognisable sights. Along the winding River Seine, there are bucket list wonders like the great Louvre museum, that fabled treasure trove where the Mona Lisa’s smile can be seen, and the opulent domes of the Sacre-Coeur. Handsome boulevards and little neighbourhoods of cobbled streets and tree-peppered pavements fan away from the centre, ranging from the enchanting Latin Quarter, long the muse of poets, to the bohemian reaches of the Canal Saint-Martin. Bistros, baguette shops, coffeehouses and cosy little Paris holiday apartments all add to the mix, making this a mesmerising metropolis every bit as romantic as its reputation.
Swapping the traditional hotel stay with Paris holiday rentals could just be your ticket to exploring the City of Lights like a real local. With your very own bolthole, you'll be able to go shopping in the nearby boulangerie to bring back buttery breakfast pastries, and rustle up a home-prepared smorgasbord of earthy French cheeses for lunch. A private kitchen is just one of the pulls of holiday rentals in Paris. You'll also get plenty more room to unpack and unwind, with added features like lounge spaces and rooftop terraces a common aspect in many of the holiday apartments in Paris you can find on ebookers.
Surrounded by so many totemic attractions like the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees and the Musee d'Orsay, it can often be difficult to pin down a definitive itinerary of things to do during your time in the stately French capital. Some things simply can't be missed, like a jaunt to the top of the Eiffel Tower to survey the sprawl of the metropolis and the great curves of the Seine from above. A visit to the gorgeous Notre-Dame Cathedral should also be right up there, for those gilded Gothic spires and the chance to walk in the mythical hunchback’s footsteps. Alternatively, a stroll around the graves at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery will reveal some of Europe's most notable luminaries, and the Byzantine-style Sacre-Coeur rarely fails to draw a gasp.
Hopping from place to place in Paris couldn't be easier. The city has an uber-efficient metro network, which is actually something of an attraction in its own right – what with the elegant Art Nouveau signage and quirky stations. There are also RER trains running on the same tracks as the metro carriages, which can be used to transport you to the far-flung outer districts of the metropolis. Hiring a car isn't a great idea if you’re staying within the French capital, but renting a bike can mean travelling around the various neighbourhoods like a real local. There are now more than 100 miles of dedicated cycle track in the centre, not to mention plenty of pedestrianised areas and bike lock spots.