Île-de-France surrounding Paris City offers an ideal spot to view some of the iconic monuments the city is home to including the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The French region has castles, valleys, and forests in its surrounds alongside Sacré Cœur Basilica, Arc de Triomphe, Le Centre Pompidou, Montparnasse Tower, and the Grande Arche defense monument. If you want unparallel views of Parisian cityscapes, scale up to the observation deck of the tower in Montparnasse neighborhood or scale the Grande Arche.
Île-de-France in Nature’s Lap
From Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de Saint-Cloud to the Luxembourg and the Tuileries Gardens and Forest of Fontainebleau, the French region is a relaxing place to visit. All of these open-air parks retains the charm of medieval France and shows the diversity of the countryside.
If you want to see how the Normandy looked like at the 17th Century, visit the Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise. The castle is home to a collection of landscape paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Charles-François Daubigny, and Camille Pissarro. The works of all those impressionist artists in the 17th Century castle also touches upon Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, the two top museums in Paris.
Events in Île-de-France
The French region hosts over seven hundred events each year including concerts, exhibits, public fairs, sporting events, and others festivities like Nuit Blanche. The White Knight festival welcomes public to illuminate candles from the first Saturday this October from 07:00 pm to 07:00 am on Sunday, as it has been the case over the years. The festival also features artsy installations across the City of Lights. It is also that time of the year in France, wherein visitors spend overnight visiting the participating museums and art galleries free of cost.
Another event in Île-de-France is the “Rock en Seine” concert held this year from August 24 to 26. It is the 16th edition of the music festival held north of the Paris City. Île-de-France also welcomes visitors to sporting events like Tour de France finale to be held at the Champs-Élysées avenue, which spans Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe.
Alternatively, you can also catch Hermès Show Jumping at Grand Palais in March this year or enjoy the French Open Tennis. If you want to see fine arts when on private tours Paris, head to the Musée Grévin wax museum or the Musée du quai Branly.