Paris is no doubt one of the most popular travel destinations in the world that for century has attracted local and international travelers alike. Blessed with a wide range of amazing attractions, such as the iconic Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Sacré-Couer, Notre Dame de Paris, Louvre Museum and more, Paris, also called City of Lights is a place to be seen to be believed.
If this is not your first visit to Paris and you have already been in the key places of interest that make Paris Paris, we highly recommend you to indulge in less touristy attractions and try out some of the things Parisians like to do.
One of the things you should do is to rent a private city tour given arranged by the quirky Citroen 2CV. This quintessentially French car can hold up to three passengers and you can see things such as the Arc De Triomphe, the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the comfort of this quaint little ride. Even better for summer visitors is that the cars come with a handy sun roof for easy viewing. Planning a visit in winter? No problem, the sun roof is transparent, so you can enjoy the views even when closed. So, while seeing the main sights is a great idea, try and see them in a new way. The tour lasts around 45 minutes and if you have children in the party, their ticket is free with two paying adults.
Another unusual thing to do is a visit to the Sewer Museum. There is a long and deep history surrounding the Parisian sewer system. It was created well before most other urban areas could boast anything vaguely close to the technology. In the past, tourists used to be lowered into the sewers and allowed to tour the intricate systems. However, today tourists can learn all about the system in an entire museum dedicated to the history and artefacts surrounding Paris’s sewers. While it’s not the most well-known or most glamorous of activities, visiting the Paris Sewer Museum is extremely interesting for both the kids and adults.
Another of Paris’s lesser known attractions are its catacombs and cemeteries. While people wouldn’t automatically think to head to a graveyard while on their summer holidays, there is something about the macabre that seems to appeal to us all and these wonderfully designed and deeply historic sites definitely fit the bill. The Cemetery of Pere Lachaise is an especially fascinating place to explore, its home to plenty of blocks of standard graves and above ground tombs reminding us of a by-gone era. They even hold cemetery treasure hunts so you can search for the grave sites of famous people like Chopin, the composer or French Banker, James Rothschild. Just scouting out and exploring the lives of these famous people makes for a fascinating day.
While the traditional tourist spots in Paris are most definitely worth visiting, don’t forget to try out the various less visited sites as well. You can start to see the city through a more local perspective and find plenty more enjoyment off the beaten path.
If you are planning a trip to the most visited location in the world, use a flight comparison tool to search and compare the best deal on your flights. It’s also a good idea to book your accommodation in advance too. With millions of people all looking for a place to stay, the good places often get filled up pretty quickly.