If there is a place in the world that has been described with thousand adjectives in numerous times, undoubtedly that place is Paris, and the truth is that the beauty of the French capital is incomparable, Paris has a particular and unique charm that impresses every visitor.
For many years, Paris has won the privilege to be among the world’s top tourist destinations, such as London, New York, Marrakech and Rome. That is why a trip to Paris is one of the things that most people have pointed out in their agendas.
Paris is a big city and offers many things to see and to do. If you want to enjoy your trip to Paris, we recommend you first know some information about the city:
Weather in Paris
Paris has a semi-continental climate, meaning during the summers is hot, but temperatures do not exceed 30 degrees, while winters in Paris are too cold, with temperatures that reach up to 5 degrees.
In Paris the rains are irregular, it can rain any time of year no matter the season, for that reason from eBooking we recommend you get an umbrella if necessary to use it.
To avoid any surprises, it is advisable to check the weather predictions for the days of your stay in.
Currency in Circulation
The currency in circulation throughout France is the EURO (€), for visitors from the EU (excluding the UK), you will not need to change money.
For visitors from countries whose currency is not €, they may need to know that the euro has a total of 8 coins, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, and coins of 1 € and 2 €.
The bills that exist in the euro are: 5 €, 10 €, 20 €, 50 €, 100 €, 200 € and 500 €.
It is not advisable to carry big bills like 200 € or 500 €, because it is possible be rejected in several places for lack of change, if you have some, it is recommended to change them at a bank before you pack towards Paris.
The documentation required for access to France, depends on the visitor’s nationality. All citizens of the EU or EEA, only need their passport and identity card, both in vigor.
To avoid confusion, eBooking, advised to confirm what documentation will ask the border agency, before traveling to Paris.
Brief History of Paris
Paris is one of the principal cities of the world and as such is a city with a long history, try to summarize it in a few words is impossible. But to really get to know the city the best way to start doing is knowing a bit about its history.
Origins and the Medieval era
The name of Paris comes from the Celtic tribe, the Parisii, who inhabited one of its islands, the current Île de la Cité, during the third century BC. 200 years later the city was occupied by the Romans, during their conquest of Gaul, and was called Lutetia.
In the era of the Middle Ages and during the reign of Franco Coldoveo the city recovered its original name and became the capital of the kingdom. At the following centuries, the city was becoming more important to become a major economic center during the reign of many kings like Philip Pepin the Short, Hugh Capet, Philip Augustus, Charles the Wise, Louis XVI, etc…
Paris has survived many wars, probably the most important was the Hundred Years War, a conflict that lasted about 116 years between France and England.
Between Medieval and Modern Times, in Paris was carried out the construction of several monuments and palaces, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Luxembourg Palace, Saint Chapelle, Versailles Palace, Place de la Concorde, the Pantheon, Louvre, etc …
Post-French Revolution, the contemporary age
Quand la révolution a pris fin, pendant le règne de Napoléon Bonaparte, Paris, elle est devenue la ville la plus belle du monde. C’est alors, quand ils ont construit de grands bâtiments comme l’Arc de Triomphe, Palais de la Bourse, l’église de la Madeleine.
Dans l’époque contemporaine, et après avoir vaincu Bonaparte, les Britanniques ont envahi la ville de Paris, le trône était constamment changer de mains à ce moment la faim est majoritaire dans la ville. The last emperor who had France was Napoleon III, Bonaparte family, who was Defeat.
Paris in the Twentieth Century
in 1910 the city was completely inundated by the rising of river Seine, but it was nothing compared to the arrival of Nazi Germany during the II World War, when it gave orders to destroy the city, time when the both monuments as the population suffered heavy casualties, especially the Jewish population, who was nearly extinct.
Neighborhoods in Paris
Paris is divided into 20 districts, marked on the majority of city maps with Roman numerals, and that surround the river Seine. Many of these zones are fully residential, and are a little far from the city center. The following map shows the distribution of the districts of the capital of France.
To avoid confusing the visitor of the city, on this page we will describe only in the zones where you can find attractions or that have played some role in the history of Paris.
The Islands – Île de la Cité and Île de St. Louis
Two natural islands in the middle of the Seine, are located between the districts I and IV, the islands of Paris is where began the story in the city, these islands are well known for having the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world, Notre Dame.
It is one of the most beautiful zones of Paris, Le Marais is a neighborhood located between the districts III and IV and is very cosmopolitan and quiet, particularly remarkable by the Place des Vosges where you will find statue of Louis XIII.
This area is ideal to enjoy a break period and where we also find a wide selection of boutiques, restaurants, bars, pastries, etc …
The best thing you can do here is walking and enjoy the ambiance. Have a beer in this avenue is a good way to do it.
The Invalides area is world famous for hosts one of the most visited, photographed and named monuments the world, the prestigious Eiffel Tower.
Les Invalides is a completely green area, here you will find countless parks and gardens where you can enjoy a break.
This is the liveliest zone in the French capital, its reputation dating back to the times of the French Revolution, as the area with more riots.
Although there are many charms and beautiful buildings in the Quarter Latin, the best way to enjoy this neighborhood is walking through its streets or enjoying a night out in one of its terraces.
The most bohemian neighborhood Paris and a forced visit, here we find the famous Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré Cœur) and the mythical Moulin Rouge theater.
Travel Tips of Paris
Security / Emergency
By its tourist importance and like many other European capitals, Paris is a very safe city, but it is advisable to keep in mind some tips so you can enjoy more of your trip and do not take any displeasure.
- When out on the street, take the smallest amount of cash possible.
- Never leave your wallet in your back pocket.
- Guard your belongings in public transport of Paris.
- Do not keep your phone in outside pockets of your bag.
- In bars and restaurants ask for the letter before, unless you want to take a very unpleasant surprise at checkout.
- Photocopy all your documents and save it in the hotel in case of loss or theft of identity documents, contact the police immediately.
Here are some tips to keep in mind, in any case, if you have a problem or have been a victim of theft, assault, both at the hotel street, tourist sites, etc … feel free to contact the police.
- Police emergency: 17
- Emergency from Mobile: 112
- Firefighters: 18
- Lost or stolen credit card: 0892705705
Data and Curiosities of Paris
Data about Paris
- Area: 105.40 km ²
- Density: 24,408 people / km ²
- Total population: More than 2,144,700 people.
- Time Zone: GMT
- Coordinates: 48 ° 52 ‘N 2 ° 20’ E
- Altitude: 33 meters.
Curiosities about the city of Paris
- Every year it receives more than 42 million tourists.
- The city is full of floretearías, flowers are one of the aspects that gives it that romantic touch that it has.
- Access to the toilet in the restaurants is paying, even if you are customer, usually 50 cents
- In the city of Paris, there are endless markets, with small food stalls, crepes, etc …
- Paris does not have a defined city center, on the contrary, the all city is the center.
- Paris was the first city to light its streets, for that reason is known as the “City of Light”.
- Paris is also known as the fashion capital, here we find the home of big brands, Dior, Chanel, etc …