Paris, the city of lights and the world's most romantic city, also capital of the Ile-de-France
The Ile de France region is the historic heart of France and a distillation of its spirit and creative 'élan'. Like a jewellery case, it offers some of the finest examples of what this amazing country has to offer.
From l'Arc de Triomphe (off the Champs Elysées) to the Tour Eiffel, from the Louvre to the Château de Versailles, from the Musée d'Orsay to the Saint-Denis basilica, from the famous french Château de Fontainebleau to the medieval city of Provins, both listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register, Ile-de-France
is the loveliest museum in the world.
As for its natural attractions, the historic gardens laid out by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the grand, romantic, English-style parks and the contemporary designs of the best landscape gardeners provide Ile-de-France with a thousand splashes of colour.
Its three regional nature reserves offer dozens of footpaths, and its 667,200 acres of forest provide the setting for dozens of sporting activities. Everywhere you go there are thematic circuits suitable for cycling or horse riding. For more peaceful pleasures, take a stroll by water, along part of the 700 kilometres of rivers and canals, which flow across the region.