Today people are living fast. It’s like that, for better or for worse, and you have to face it. Although holidays are supposed to be a moment of tranquillity and relaxation, many of us (and even I included) like to make the most of every minute: a weekend, a stopover on a trip by plane or train… any moment is great, no matter how short it may be.
As we’ve said before, Paris is one of those cities that never ends; you can spend your whole life discovering new things. You can come back infinite times and it never ceases to amaze you. Visiting too many places is simply impossible. Even if it is one day.
But, what do you see in Paris in one day?
Many people ask us the same question because, as there is a lot to see in Disneyland Paris, they have only 24 hours to know the Capital of Light, and they are wondering how to do it, if it is worth it and what should not be missed under any circumstances. Well, pay attention, we’ll tell you.
Practical information and how to choose.
If you want to know what to see in Paris in one day, you have to start from the idea that you can’t see everything, and that you will have to leave some of the city’s main attractions for another time.
I am thinking, for example, of the Louvre: it makes no sense to see it in a hurry. In any case, if you can’t resist, there are guided tours of an hour and a half in English… Yes, get your ticket online to avoid queues and speed up your entry.
One option you should consider is to visit only one of the areas of Paris, to avoid wasting a lot of time back and forth on public transport. I assure you that, even if you don’t see other main attractions, you will enjoy your stay much more.
Let’s go for a walk in Montmartre!
Let’s assume that, apart from having just one day, it’s your first time in Paris. Those who are wondering what to see in Paris for free or with children… Of course we are thinking of you! So let’s focus on one area you can’t miss and it’s a delight for everyone: Montmartre.
The bohemian quarter par excellence of the city is one of the best things to see in Paris in a day and has a lot, a lot to discover. Of course, there is the famous Sacré Coeur and in its shadow, the venerable church of Saint Pierre, the staircases and the funicular…
And also the lively Lepic street, the central artery of the district, at number 13 of which a good part of the most memorable Amélie was filmed, with its views of the historic Moulin de la Galette and which connects the Place Blanche (that of the Moulin Rouge) with the Tertre, full of painters and curious anecdotes.
But there is much more. You can get close to its spectacular cemetery ( there’ s little to envy about Père Lachaise); go to the theatre in Les Abbesses; the most intellectual and nostalgic cannot miss the Bateau Lavoir (rue Ravignan) and the most multicultural, stop strolling through the nearby neighbourhoods of Chateau Rouge and Barbès, where African immigration has left its mark.
Thousands of companies offer panoramic tours of the city on foot or by bus. We suggest that, instead of adapting to their routes, you make your own route using the public surface transport. In this case, going from Montmartre to our next destination will take you about 30-45 minutes and will cost you about 2 euros.
The icing on the cake: Montparnasse.
We are often keen to get as close as we can to our object of attention, when in reality the best option is often to take a certain perspective. To do this, what better than an incredible panoramic view of the city. No, we’re not going to climb the Eiffel Tower (because then you won’t be able to see the Eiffel Tower, will you?).
Let’s go to the Montparnasse Tower (district XV, Av. du Maine 33; Montparnasse subway), the second tallest skyscraper in Paris (209 meters, 59 floors), in the heart of the Montparnasse district. Its terrace is open all year round, from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. (winter) or 11.30 p.m. (summer). Tickets (undated) cost between 8.50 and 23 euros, but the views are priceless.
Apart from being able to enjoy all the so-called “historical axis” (Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées) and the best view of the Eiffel Tower, you have the option of giving yourself a luxury treat in the gastronomic restaurant on the 56th floor, among other options. Why choose what to see in Paris in one day if you can see EVERYTHING.
And if you’d rather have your feet on the ground, the Montparnasse neighbourhood won’t disappoint you. Don’t tell me it’s not a perfect way to end the day.
Don’t worry, in Paris you won’t have time to get bored.
Regardless of your travel profile, Paris is home to a host of attractions for all preferences and budgets, we are encouraging you to discover them!
We will help you organize your trip and get the most competitive prices on your flights, transportation, hotels and excursions; just contact us.
Dedicate yourself to enjoying your holidays, we will take care of every other thing!
Remember that at the end of this article, you have the option of sending us a message with your requests or doubts and we will respond quickly.
And don’t forget that what you really need in your travels is the desire to discover, enjoy and getting to know.
Especialista en viajes de familia.
Siempre me ha gustado viajar, descubrir otras culturas, sumar experiencias. Seguir llenando esa mochila personal que todos tenemos.
Cuando nuestro hijo nació, quisimos que nada cambiara. Y así ha sido. Mi chico, el peque, y yo, somos juntos un pequeño torbellino hambriento de viajes, y volcamos toda esta pasión en ayudarte a preparar tu próximo sueño.
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Family travel Specialist
I have always liked to travel, discover other cultures, add experiences. Keep filling that personal backpack that we all have.
When our son was born, we wanted nothing to change. And so it has been. My boy, the little one, and I, together we are a small whirlwind hungry for trips, and we turn all this passion into helping you prepare your next dream.
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