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Experience French glamour from Paris vacation rentals

Paris, the city Hemingway called "a movable feast," stays in your mind long after your holiday. Each boulevard is designed to create a lasting impression of beauty, rich history, and the special kind of glamour only the French can conjure. It's a city for making memories – of romantic strolls along the Seine, of wining and dining with friends at out-of-the-way bistros, of adventures and discoveries with the family. At the end of it all, even after you leave your Paris vacation rental, you're sure to say you'll always have Paris.

History

Step back in time with a Paris vacation rental

Paris today is largely the product of an urban redevelopment project Napoleon III undertook in the mid-19th century. By then, Paris was more than 2,000 years old, having been established by the Celtic Parisii in the 3rd century BC. Their main settlement was in Ile de la Cite, which today is considered the heart of Paris. On Ile de la Cite, you'll also find the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the oldest and finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette spent her last days, is on the island as well.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Paris

Are you searching for things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Paris a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Disneyland® Paris (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Parc Asterix (21.4 mi / 34.4 km)
  • Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Place des Abbesses (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Le Mur des Je t'aime (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Montmartre Funicular (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Paris

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Paris. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Luxembourg Gardens (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Jardin des Plantes (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Parc Monceau (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Champ de Mars (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Stravinsky Fountain (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Paris

The nearest airport is in Paris (ORY-Orly), located 9.3 mi (15 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Paris (CDG-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), which is 14.2 mi (22.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Paris Gare de l'Est, Paris-St-Lazare Station and Paris Nord Station are the main stations in the area. It's easy to get around Paris by catching a ride on the metro at Les Halles Station, Louvre - Rivoli Station or Paris Chatlet-Les Halles Station.

How to get around

Explore Paris on foot from your vacation rental

Your feet are definitely your friends when sightseeing in Paris. A slow stroll lets you feast your eyes on the beauty of the city more thoroughly, and many popular sights are only a short distance from each other. Don't worry about getting tired – you can always take a breather at a cafe before resuming your walk. If you're in a hurry, you can use the bus, the Metro rail, or the RER rail to get around Paris and its suburbs. Better yet, you can do as the Parisians do and bike your way around Paris.

Essential info

Essential facts to make the most of your Paris vacation rental

Paris is a dense city, with 2.2 million people packed in its 105-square-kilometre space. Around 14% of the city's population are immigrants, adding a multicultural layer to the Parisian vibe. Parisians may seem reserved at first, but after a simple bonjour or bonsoir, you can get them to open up about a wide range of topics (except money). Style matters in Paris, so it pays well to dress well – even if your outfit isn't exactly the height of fashion. You'll be walking a lot, though, so comfy shoes are a must.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Paris?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Paris:

  • Montmartre: 423 vacation rentals
  • Latin Quarter: 5,036 vacation rentals
  • Notre Dame: 677 vacation rentals
  • Quartier de l'Horloge: 881 vacation rentals
  • Bel-Air Nord: 103 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Paris?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Paris. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Eiffel Tower: 4,106 home rentals
  • Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station: 5,576 home rentals
  • Louvre Museum: 5,589 home rentals
  • Place de la Republique: 3,001 home rentals
  • Paris Gare de Lyon: 4,540 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Paris listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Paris?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 4,479 Condos/Apartments in Paris. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Paris include:

  • Houses: 428 lodging choices
  • Villas: 12 lodging choices
  • Studios: 4,773 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Paris?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 150 vacation homes with pool available in Paris.

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