The best known of Paris’ central districts, the 5th arrondissement takes its name from the common language spoken by the medieval scholars who called the 5th arrondissement home. You will know of the main sights of Pairs, famous around the world, from the Pantheon which stands in the centre of the arrondissement, to the green open spaces of the Jardin des Plantes.
The quaint, medieval streets of the Latin Quarter of Paris, France are a delight to explore, with many atmospheric cafes, charming little shops and attractive theatres found throughout. The most famous site in the 5th arrondissement, The Pantheon, is easy to find, perched high above Paris on the top of Mt St Genevieve, affording visitors some of the best panoramic views across the French capital. There are a couple of excellent museums in the 5th arrondissement, including the Musee du Moyen Age, which contains a range of absolutely fascinating medieval art, the famous scientific Musee Curie and the less famous but equally enthralling Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, providing a beautiful panorama of northern Paris from the rooftop.
During the long summer evenings, there are two absolute gems within the 5th arrondissement in which to spend your evenings. The huge botanical gardens of Jardin des Plantes are a delight in the summer, and even contain a small zoo and the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle is a magnificent institution, with constantly updated exhibits and displays from important moments and discoveries from throughout the natural world. The Arenes de Lutece is an ancient Roman theatre, and the only remaining ruins of the Gallo-Roman era of Paris, and is free to visit.
If the food, the museums and beautiful open spaces of the Quartier Latin get too much for your children, the pleasure world of Disneyland Paris in Seine-et-Marne is never far away. A day trip to the park will completely make your children’s holiday, and is extremely easy to reach from a self catering Quartier Latin holiday rental apartment. The park is Europe’s largest attraction, and it is amazing the number of parents who enjoy the experience as much as their children!
The weather in Paris is quite unpredictable. During the winter, temperatures are cold, but the crispness in the air gives the whole centre of the city an enormously elegant atmosphere, and you will never have to wait for a table in a world-class restaurant, fight the crowds for the main attractions or have your favourite holiday rental apartment in the 5th arrondissement taken. In the summer though, conditions are fantastic, with temperatures averaging around 22?C in July and August.
The 5th arrondissement of Paris is fantastically connected within the French capital. There are nine metro stations within the arrondissement, giving you access to every corner of Paris. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), and the Eurostar Terminal, which receives almost constant trains from England, are both connected to the metro system, and there are plenty of taxis to find if you are carrying a lot of luggage.