The 8th arrondissement of Paris holds some of the most famous landmarks of the French capital. Centred on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the Champs Elysees, most people will already be familiar with the area. If you would like to fully immerse yourself into the Parisian lifestyle, close to all the largest and most celebrated attractions in Paris, a self catering holiday rental on the Champs Elysees cannot be beaten. Just imagine waking up every morning of your holiday in a private apartment looking over the most exclusive avenue in the world…
There are almost endless attractions to visit on the Champs Elysees. The avenue runs from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de la Triomphe, with some of the most prestigious and exclusive shops in Paris lining the way. The views along the Champs Elysees are phenomenal from almost every point along its course, although those from the top of the Arc de Triomphe are head and shoulders above anything else in the arrondissement. The Place de la Concorde, marked by the towering Egyptian obelisk in the centre, is the largest square in the city, offering a 360˚ panorama of Paris.
The hive of cafes, restaurants and bars along the Champs Elysees, Paris, are wonderfully elegant, and many hours can be spent watching the world drifting by from the elegant luxury of a restaurant table, occasionally popping into the famous shops of world renowned galleries that are interspersed along its length. The network of smaller streets of the 8th arrondissement which connect to the Champs Elysees also hold excellent little cafes, restaurants and some of the slightly larger Parisian department stores.
Paris, and especially the 8th arrondissement, has a fantastic range of tour options. Rising in popularity are the special 2CV tours, Paris’ equivalent of the Venice gondola. The privately chauffeured tours of Paris are great fun, and can be tailored completely to your own interests. Alternatively, river cruises, especially in the early evening, are an excellent way to see the sights.
The whole of Paris is at your feet from an apartment in the 8th arrondissement. There isn’t a single section of the city which cannot be accessed with ease from the Champs Elysees, even the infamous Disneyland Paris, which lies to the east of the city in the Seine-et-Marne department.
The time of year bears little on the suitability and enjoyment of a holiday rental on the Champs Elysees for a fantastic holiday. The summer months do see larger tourist crowds walking along the streets, as daily temperatures can be expected to reach up towards 30˚C in July and August. In the depths of winter, when temperatures can dip as low as freezing point, Paris’ charm still shines through strongly, and you are likely to be able to book tables in the most exclusive restaurants with greater ease.
Visitors from the UK are spoilt for choice when travelling to 8th arrondissement accommodation. There are many flights from across the country to the two airports in Paris, especially to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), as well as having direct train connections on the Eurostar from London running through the Channel Tunnel.