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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.


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 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.

Food & drink 

Bon appetit: how to eat and drink like a Parisian

Paris is synonymous with fine dining, and you can certainly spoil yourself with multi-course wine-paired meals on your Parisian holiday. But the city's alleys and side streets are also packed with bistros and brasseries serving up mouthwatering fare. You can tuck into classic French food, or take a culinary adventure around the world. Or you can grab a baguette, cheese, and wine from one of the city's many open markets, have a casual picnic by the Seine, and finish with coffee at one of Paris' numerous cafes. And no trip to Paris is complete without sampling the moules-frites – steamed mussels and fries.

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.

Where to stay near Paris?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 6,025 house rentals near Paris. From 4,960 Condos/Apartments to 473 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Paris for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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:

  • Le Marais: 1,472 vacation rentals
  • 6th Arrondissement: 1,156 vacation rentals
  • Saint-Merri: 996 vacation rentals
  • Montmartre: 463 vacation rentals
  • Les Archives: 1,693 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:

  • Montmartre: 463 home rentals
  • Eiffel Tower: 4,474 home rentals
  • Louvre Museum: 6,197 home rentals
  • Monceau: 6,186 home rentals
  • Notre-Dame: 6,248 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 4,960 Condos/Apartments in Paris. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Paris include:

  • Houses: 473 lodging choices
  • Villas: 11 lodging choices
  • Studios: 5,273 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 162 vacation homes with pool available in Paris.

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