The first arrondissement of Paris is the contemporary centre of the city, reaching from the right bank of the River Seine up to the middle of the Ile de la Cite. It is a very compact region of the city, yet contains a remarkable number of attractions and monuments, as well as some beautiful townhouses and apartments. According to official figures, over 800,000 visitors arrive to marvel at the amazing sights of the Louvre area every day, yet despite these huge numbers, the arrondissement has not been lost to tourist traps and tourist souvenir shops. What could be more luxurious than having your own Louvre apartment, right in the heart of the most stylish, romantic and chic city in western Europe?
Upon your arrival at a Louvre apartment, the biggest problem you will have is trying to decide what to visit first. Much of the best of Paris can be found in the 1st arrondissement, including the most relaxing parks, finest museums, most lively bars and most fashionable shops.
The famous landmarks of the 1st arrondissement need no introductions. The pyramid of the Louvre Museum is iconic, and is defiantly worth visiting from a Louvre apartment. Open every day except Tuesday, the Louvre isn’t just a joy to look at, it also houses one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art. If you would like a casual wander in the afternoon, the Jardin des Tuileries are quite beautiful and there are plenty of atmospheric little cafes to visit around the edges. The Place Vendome and the Palais Royal are definitely worth a look if you have the time! If you are an art lover, your excitement should not be confined to visiting the Louvre Museum, the Musee de la Mode et du Costume, the Orangerie and Musee des Arts Decoratifs will also hold your attention!
The joy of taking an apartment in Louvre is that whenever you pop out for a pint of milk, you are instantly placed at the heart of Paris, with famous sights in every direction you look. Just wandering the streets, along the banks of the River Seine or through the grassy parks which line the centre of town, taking in a coffee in one of Paris’ famous street cafes or trying the finest of French gastronomy in one of the many top class Parisian restaurants provides an unforgettable experience, and one that you will wish to repeat every year.
Disneyland Paris is a huge attraction to the Paris area. As the largest single tourist attraction in Europe, Disneyland Paris must be high on the list of places to visit for anyone with children wanting to go or even children that they can convince to go! Located just to the east of Paris in Seine et Marne, the transport links from the Louvre to Disneyland are quite fantastic, and you can be walking through the famous front gates of the park with half an hour of leaving your own private, self catering apartment right in the heart of Paris.
Waking up in the very centre of Paris, in your own rental apartment is always a great experience, no matter what the weather. During the summer months, temperatures are blissfully warm, averaging around 25˚C for the season. In winter, there will be regular frosty mornings, but it is remarkably mild, with monthly averages remaining above 5˚C.
The largest of all the metro stations, Chatelet/Les Halles, is the main hub for the centre of Paris, located in the centre of the 1st arrondissement. This makes the region incredibly easy to reach from any point in Paris, including both airports and the Eurostar terminal. Ryanair provide a great range of cheap flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), and even last minute, there are some magnificent deals to be found on cheap flights and bargain ferry crossings to the ports of Northern France.