Set on a hill near the centre of Paris, Montmartre provides an elegant viewpoint over the city of Paris. Many people who have visited Paris will have seen the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur from afar, sitting regally on the summit of the Montmartre hill, proudly overlooking the whole area. It is the greenest sector of Paris, and you can still have a cup of coffee under the shade of a tree or visit one of the last remaining windmills in the Paris area.
When you first arrive in Montmartre, a quick tour of the Basilica de Sacre Coeur is an essential activity. The white 19th century Catholic hub dominated the Parisian skyline, from its vantage point on the highest peak in the area. There are some wonderfully secluded little spots around the Basilica, which you certainly won’t expect as you walk up the tourist packed cobbled streets on the way up towards it.
There has always been a rich artistic heritage in Montmartre. Artists like Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh all spent time enjoying the bohemian lifestyle of Montmartre, and there are still a huge number of artists in the streets around the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. You can get a portrait done with ease, and art lovers will undoubtedly be attracted by the Espace Dali, the largest permanent Dali exhibition outside of Barcelona.
The Montmartre Moulin Rouge cabaret, brought to infamy by the 2001 film, is a magnificent place to spend an evening away from your Montmartre apartment. You can have a terribly chic evening meal, whilst girls perform the French cancan adorned in feather boas, glistening rubies and flashing sequins.
If you are staying in Montmartre accommodation for any length of time, it would be mad not to take the very short trip into central Paris. All the hundreds of famous landmarks, restaurants and shopping streets of Paris are just a short ride away, and you can easily explore the city, catch a theatrical performance or indeed any evening event and be back at your self catering Montmartre holiday home in time for an evening meal.
In the summer months, temperatures average just under 19°C, which last from May until September. In the winter months, temperatures average between 8°C and 10°C, which is surprisingly pleasant. It is also a surprisingly dry region, with an average of only 7 rainy days per month during the winter.
A holiday rental property in Montmartre, Paris, is just 20km from Paris-Orly Airport (ORY). The airport is very well connected to the UK by services provided by ThomsonFly and AirFrance.