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Destination guide

Romance in holiday lettings in Paris

The allure of Paris is irresistible. Some come enticed by Disney tales of princesses and love, others by the rich tapestry of history, woven through with threads of Bonaparte and skeins of bloody revolution. Some come to strike lines through bucket-list sights – Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower. Or to admire masterworks like the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Pompidou Centre. Others come to feel the pulse of French life, settling in Paris holiday rentals in boho Canal Saint-Martin or the criss-crossing blocks of the Latin Quarter. What's drawn you to the City of Light?

History

Historic sites near holiday homes in Paris

There are numerous historic sites to visit during your trip to Paris. Holiday rentals are available near places like Sacré-Cœur, a landmark hilltop white basilica with interior mosaics, stained-glass windows and a crypt, and the Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV’s gilded palace with a chandeliered Hall of Mirrors. You could also visit Moulin Rouge, a famed 19th-century belle epoque cabaret with dinner and dancers in elaborate costumes.

Things to do

Sightseeing near your Parisian holiday rental

Paris stakes a claim to some of the most enthralling museums on the planet. The Louvre is the stuff of superlatives. Where to look? At that carved Assyrian gate head, perhaps? At that mysterious Egyptian effigy? At the priceless Mona Lisa? Once your eyes are done darting through the exhibits there, hop to the Musee d'Orsay for more masterful pieces of impressionism. Degas, Manet, Monet – you name it, they're on the walls. Meanwhile, cutting-edge works are over in the Pompidou Centre, home to the largest modern art space in Europe.

Activities

Fun things to do near Parisian holiday homes

One of the real joys of Paris is just how different each district – or arrondissement – can be. The famous Champs-Elysees runs, with its swish shopping boutiques, through the heart of the metropolis, brushing past the grand Place de la Concorde, with its babbling fountains and wide plazas, as it goes. Meanwhile, over in the 10th arrondissement, little coffee shops and art galleries are spilling out onto the quays of the Canal Saint-Martin. The Latin Quarter throbs with students following in the footsteps of Voltaire, and the ethnic eateries of the 14th arrondissement keep churning out meze and tagine and more.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Parisian holiday homes

There's not a single season when Paris holiday rentals don't look like an attractive prospect. Summers are gorgeous, with students sipping wine on the canals and munching on picnics in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The season runs from June to August, bringing warm days in the 20s and plenty of sun. Autumn – in October and November – is cooler and turns the parks a gorgeous colour. Winter, running from December to March, can be romantic. It's also the time to watch the rowdy Six Nations rugby in the massive Stade de France.

Natural features

Away from the Seine in Paris

Paris's defining feature is the bending Seine River. It flows through the middle of the capital, cutting it in two. Parks and green spaces line its whole length, hosting some of the most enchanting Paris holiday rentals of all. That said, to really get a taste of wilder France, you'll need to head to the outskirts. The Bois de Boulogne is accessible in the west. Once a royal hunting ground, it's now a public reserve of boating lakes and lawns. The Forest of Senart is to the south, more primeval and untouched.

How to get there

Transport to and around Paris

The nearest airport is in Paris (ORY-Orly), located 9.3 mi (15 km) from the city centre. 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.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Paris

Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, offering plenty of interest for couples. Holiday homes can be found near places like Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic chapel with gorgeous stained-glass windows of biblical scenes, and Tuileries Garden, an expansive formal garden with stunning bronze and stone sculptures. You’ll also enjoy Le Marais, a fashionable district with hip boutiques and posh galleries.

How many holiday rentals are available around Paris?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 7,328 holiday lettings around Paris. From 6,157 flats & apartments to 32 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Paris?

Sure, getting away from it all can be great. But sometimes throwing yourself into the fast pace of the concrete jungle is way more fun and interesting! HomeAway has 1,536 centrally located holiday properties available. Alternatively, you might be looking for something a bit different. HomeAway has loads of options to select from, including:

  • 1,237 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 117 riverside holiday accommodation options.
  • 110 monument-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Paris?

There's something eternally cool and exciting about staying in an apartment like a local. Whether it's a view you're after or just an easy place to hang out, an apartment could be the ideal choice. You'll be able to choose from 5,714 different options via HomeAway. If you make your booking soon, you could be spending as little as £10 a night. Or maybe you'd rather choose one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Hotel: 1,696 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £24 per night.
  • House: 614 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £26 per night.
  • Studio: 383 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.

Can I stay in Paris in a large group?

There's nothing like being reunited with your old friends or spending a few nights with extended family in a terrific new destination. And what's best, HomeAway has options to suit you. Presently, apartment holiday rentals are the latest thing for large groups of visitors here, and you'll find 768 featured on our database. If you're planning on travelling with a large group, the holiday rentals that are suitable for you include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we've got 1,870 properties to rent perfectly suited for that size. Spend a night from just £35.
  • Require a holiday property for 5 people? We have 1,068 that will work well. You can book one for as little as £39 a night.
  • Trying to find properties for rent suitable for 8 people? You'll be thrilled to hear we have 576 that'll be perfect. You can score one from just £26 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your grandpa and all your pals to Paris.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Paris?

There are friends, there is family and then there are friends that become family. Catch up with your nearest and dearest and plan a value-for-money escape with HomeAway. When it comes to looking for an awesome deal, your first port of call should be Les Mûriers. Here, HomeAway has 7 holiday rentals at an average price of £57 per night. Bel-Air Nord is another good option. We have 91 and the average price is around £79 a night.

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