Here are some unmissable tours to do in Paris, the third most visited city in the world and the dream of many Brazilians who want to visit Europe.

we all know that Paris It is one of the most amazing cities in the world. According to the Global Destination Cities Index ranking, the French capital was the third most visited city in the world in 2017, with more than 16 million tourists. As if all the charm and fame of being a romantic place were not enough, there are indeed must-see tours to do in Paris.

It is worth noting that the city breathes culture and history. At each tourist spot it is possible to learn something important about the French and European past in general. These walks remind us of those history classes we had at school and we didn't understand very well what the teacher was referring to. and walking by Paris it is possible to remember all that and know that we are stepping or looking at really remarkable places.

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And what about Parisian architecture? Simply gorgeous. Walking through its streets and admiring the classic facades of the buildings, called “Haussmann style”, is already an enriching and pleasant walk. And we still have its tree-lined boulevards, palaces and mansions, theaters and bridges.

If you are ready to meet a Paris that goes beyond the Eiffel Tower, its greatest symbol, find out below six tips in tours that will take you straight to this magical city of unique beauty.

If you are traveling to France for the first time, and you are looking for an agency with transfers between the main destinations in the country and guides in Portuguese, contact the agency France among Friends and have at your side a receptionist specialized in receiving Brazilians in the country.

Montmartre district

Montmartre is one of the most elegant and bohemian neighborhoods in Paris. It is located in the north of the city and was immortalized by the movie “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”. Its fame is also due to its cafes and cabarets. Right in front of Blanche metro station we find the renowned Mouling Rouge, being the gateway to the neighborhood for those who choose this means of transport to get to know the City of Light.

Another world-famous spot in Montmartre is La Place du Tertre, where dozens of street painters can be found, making caricatures of tourists and depicting the city. It is worth noting that, between the 19th and 20th centuries, Montmartre was considered the mecca of modern art and was frequented by artists such as Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir, Picasso and Utrillo.

But its greatest icon is the Basilica of Sacré Cœur, a monument that follows the guidelines of Roman and Byzantine architecture. The basilica is located at the highest point in the city, on a hill 130 meters high, from where we have a wonderful view of Paris. The church has the shape of a Greek cross adorned by four domes, where the central dome is eighty meters high.

If you are planning to visit the French capital for the first time, we recommend the França entre Amigos agency, a tourism company focused on welcoming Brazilians to the destination.

Photo: Pedro Szekely / Flickr

Charles de Gaulle Square

It may even seem like a strange place, as Charles de Gaulle is directly linked to the name given to the airport in Paris. But know that this square is nothing more than one of the attractions most visited in the world. The site, which became a huge roundabout, is historically known as the Place de l'Étoile, having been renamed in 1970 in honor of General and President Charles de Gaulle days after his death.

From this huge roundabout 12 avenues leave, one of which is the unmistakable Champs Élysées. In its almost 2km long, famous brand stores, restaurants and many tourists from all over the world are spread out.

And, in the center of Charles de Gaulle Square, is located the Arc de Triomphe, a monument that was erected in commemoration of the military victories of Napoleon Bonaparte. Due to the incessant traffic, the site can only be reached through an underground passage.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Luxembourg garden

This tour is not just for nature lovers, but also for those who appreciate art and architecture. The place is very well located, between boulevard Saint Michel, rue Vaugirard and rue Notre Dame des Champs. Altogether there are 25 hectares of flowerbeds, trees, lakes and play spaces for children. In addition to sports squares for adults, with six tennis courts and four spaces for playing boules.

In addition to these attractions, in the Luxembourg Gardens we also find the Luxembourg Palace, a spectacular building that today is the seat of the French Senate. The palace was built between 1615 and 1617 by Maria de Medici, mother of King Louis XIII. The complex also has 106 classic and contemporary sculptures spread throughout its length. Restaurants and snack bars are also available at the attraction.

Photo: Nick Blackman

Louvre Museum

The Louvre is actually a gigantic palace that was used as a royal residence in ancient times. Its incredible 160,000 square meters opened its doors as a museum in 1793. Its collection has more than 380,000 items and has more than 35,000 works of art on permanent display. With all these numbers, it's easy to understand when they say that it takes days to get to know it in full.

The most important and visited painting in the Louvre Museum is La Gioconda, or Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci. Among the sculptures, the Venus de Milo stands out, a statue from Ancient Greece, found in the year 1830. The crystal pyramid, which further embellishes the front of the museum, is a more recent work, having been built in 1989.

Photo: Paul Smeets

Palace of Versailles

This sumptuous castle located on the outskirts of Paris has more than 800 hectares and 2,300 rooms, and is currently a Baroque-style work. Its first construction took place in 1623, having been altered over the years.

The palace begins to draw our attention from its grandiose entrance gate and checkered floor. And also for its beautiful garden which, in addition to flower beds, also has statues and fountains. The garden, by the way, is a huge space and houses restaurants, ice cream parlors, a lake and a refuge house built by Marie Antoinette.

Its interior is imposing and shows why the building became a symbol of the French absolutist monarchy. It is certainly an unmissable tour to do in Paris.

Photo: Dolan Halbrook

Paris Catacombs

For many, visiting the Catacombs is indeed one of the must-see tours in Paris. It is a network of tunnels covering 300km in length. It is estimated that this place contains the remains of more than 6 million people who lived at different times in France.

The story tells that the corpses and bones buried in the various Parisian cemeteries had to be taken to the catacombs due to an epidemic of diseases that occurred in 1786. In this way, it tells part of a story that we are not used to hearing about the City of Light.

Photo: Christopher Levy


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