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Île-de-France, also commonly known as the Parisian Region (région Parisienne) is one of the 18 regions of France. It’s one of the most historical provinces as it has been the center of power and seat of the Crown for the significant part of French history. The economic, political and historical wealth are the fuels driving of the endless list of things to do in Île-de-France.
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Paris, the famous city of lights, boasts streets lined with classic cafes and bistros, monuments and museums as well as new and creative venues, galleries, design shops and start-ups. The ancient clashes with the modern in the most fascinating symphony. The iron Eiffel Tower piercing the sky; fabulous avenue des Champs-Élysées crowned by the grand Arc de Triomphe; lamplit bridges over the Seine and the old Notre-Dame guarded by gargoyles are the world-famous Parian icons. But Paris is not just about the classics. Contemporary icons such as the pristine pyramid of Louvre, industrial-style Centre Pompidou and vertical gardens of the Musée du Quai Branly are stealing the spotlight on a daily basis. Discovering Paris is one of the best things to do in Île-de-France. So, fill your days with art and romantic nostalgia; diversity and modernity; design and culinary delights. Simply put, dive into the symphony of contrast!

What Makes ÎLE-DE-FRANCE Special

There are over 300 luxury châteaux in the region of Île-de-France. Some of them serve as tourist attractions, others for sale to those who can afford it. Each of them ready to transform you into a different era; an era of excessive luxury, extravagance, intrigues and struggle for power. Île-de-France boasts some of the most monumental châteaux not just in France but all of Europe. At the top of everyone’s “Must-See” list is the opulent palace of Versailles. It's no surprise. After all, it's the palace's extravagant luxury that played role in fueling the famous French Revolution. While Versailles might be the most famous, it’s not the only palatial extravagance that will sweep you off your feet. The châteaux in Fontainebleau and Chantilly with their sumptuous gilded interiors, virtuosic frescoes, and masterful paintings are just as imposing. Throw caution to the wind and dive into an exploration of the breathtaking residences - gilded reminders of a very different era.

Île-de-France, with Paris in a leading position, is a vibrant collage of artistic and cultural influences. Influences that cross not only borders but also time periods. From ancient to contemporary, typical to exotic, traditional to controversial, the array of art and culture in Île-de-France knows no boundaries. The region is one of the world's great art repositories showcasing pieces from antiquity onwards. Artworks of masters such as Picasso, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Rodin, Dalí and Van Gogh decorate the walls of museums and galleries in and outside of Paris. Besides the big attractions like the Louvre’s Mona Lisa, Musée d’Orsay’s impressionist collection, and the modern art in Centre Pompidou, the region boasts many smaller galleries and museums. The smaller ones showcase every imaginable genre. Furthermore, major exhibitions pop up in a diverse range of venues and vibrant street art reigns supreme in the urban areas of Paris

Having been the center of political power and seat of the crown for the major part of French history, Île-de-France encompasses an exceptional historical heritage. It includes iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, the prison of Bastille or Notre Dame de Paris. The eclectic array of monuments and landmarks provides travelers with a long list of ideas on what to do in Île-de-France. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is probably one of the best-known landmarks in the world. In fact, it's the symbol of the city and, to some extent, of the whole of France. Though if you wish to explore the ancient head to the archaeological site of Pincevent or the Fontainebleau Forest. The latter features one of the best collections of prehistoric rock art in the northern part of France. All in all, the region is riddled with palaces, churches, gardens and other staples of the past, far and near. So, when you visit Île-de-France, make sure make the most of it.

Things to do in ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

The region has eight departments, seven of which center around the country’s capital (the eighth department) in concentric circles. Geographically the region is prevailed by lowlands with the only highland area, the Massif Central, rising in the south. Though the Massif Central is considerably higher than the lowlands around it, don’t be fooled. It’s still quite tiny compared to the Alps.

Naturally, the region’s biggest asset and the number one tourist destination in the world, is France’s capital, Paris. The City of Lights boasts an eclectic ambiance where the past and present, history and progress, tradition and revolution coexist in dynamic equilibrium. Several centuries worth of incredible architecture as well as an abundance of cultural venues, museums, and events attract and entertain people from all around the world which only leads to more diversity and culture.

Paris is the Star

You can lose yourself in the history of art inside the Louvre and the Orsay Museum or head to Centre Pompidou for a taste on the contemporary and unusual. To explore the non-Western cultures and arts peek inside Quai Branly Museum located in an incredible architectural complex composed of vertical gardens. However, Parisian monuments and landmarks are not any fewer than the museums. The city is all about the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Montmartre, and Champs-Élysées leading up to the iconic Arc de Triomphe.

The Region of Châteaux 

Though the many treasures of the Île-de-France are not exclusive to Paris. Exceptional castles, superb palaces, romantic parks and gardens, clandestine forests and lakes are sprinkled all over the region. The flagship destinations around France’s capital include, before all else, the palace of Versailles. The luxury and extravagance of this place was one of the drops that fueled the famous French Revolution. Other notable sights include the Saint-Denis Basilica, the resting place of the Kings of France; the opulent Vaux-le-Vicomte castle and its park; the medieval city of Provins with its imposing ramparts; the royal manor of Fontainebleau; the charming Royaumont Abbey; the lovely Impressionist village of Auvers-Sur-Oise and the list goes on and on.

Île-de-France with Kids

What about things to do in Île-de-France that are all about family fun? The region won’t disappoint on this front either! For instance, there’s France Miniature, a superb theme park in shape of a map of France. It’s full of incredible models representing famous buildings and sites around the country.

If miniatures are not the thing you are looking for, there is the Thoiry estate. It boasts a Renaissance château, immense park as well as a zoo and an African reserve with over 1000 animals living in semi-freedom in a vast unspoiled natural space.

Last but not least, the children (and grown-up) favorite, Île-de-France gives you the theme park Disneyland Paris! Here you can meet all the heroes and heroines of Disney movies in fairytale surroundings.

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