What to do in Paris in 3 days
Welcome to Paris, the capital of France, the city of love, a beautiful, seductive city that charms and has always charmed stars and world celebrities, once visited you will fall in love and you will be piqued with a want to go back again and again.
Why visit Paris?
Paris, the cosmopolitan French capital is the most romantic city in the world. She has a very old history but she always looks to be young and refined. For centuries, Paris has been considered a world cultural and social reference. She still had an influence in the fields of art, fashion, gastronomy and elegance. Touristically, Paris is the most popular travel destination in Europe. It has the most visited monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower. Paris, this city of light is also known as the capital of fashion. It is the epicenter of the largest and most prestigious fashion brands. Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum are well known names in the world. And they are still among the most iconic centers of interest in the world. Who does not want to visit Paris?
When to visit Paris?
Paris is a tourist town that you can visit all year, the attractions are not lacking that it is internally or externally but the best months of the year start from May to August, in general Paris is always beautiful is every season has its charm. In June, the streets of Paris are filled with tourists coming from all over to enjoy parties, events and attractions of all kinds. July 14 is a national holiday that attracts many vesters. There is also Fashion Week in March and September.
Map with the main tourist areas of Paris
The best of Paris on a 3-day tour
In this itinerary of Paris, we want to let you know the best of the light of the city. Paris is home to an unparalleled artistic, historical and cultural heritage with hundreds of remarkable monuments and world-renowned museums. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa lives at the Louvre. Impressionists Monet, Degas and Renoir live at the Musée d’Orsay. Characterized by wide avenues and the Seine, a favorite of Parisians, the urban landscape of the nineteenth century is the hallmark of Paris. The right bank of the Seine is embellished by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in the famous district of Montmartre, with a privileged view of the city. On the left bank of the Seine, the culminating point goes to the Latin Quarter animated by the students of the Sorbonne. Gourmet spaces and fine restaurants set the tone for culinary experiences. The culture of cafés, esplanades, bistros and pastries, the opportunity to observe Parisian life at the rate of a casual meal, reflects another facet of the French gastronomic heritage. Cruises on the Seine and long walks on its banks, Paris offers all the amenities to achieve this inevitable adventure and without equal, do not think too much just go for it!
1st day of the Paris road map
As it should, do not think too much, the visit begins with the star of Paris attractions, the Eiffel Tower, the most visited monument in the world. The crowds are intimidating. You can climb to the second or top floor to enjoy the best panoramic views of Paris. If the price does not invite, take a walk on the Champs de Mars – to take pictures and take pictures with the “Iron Lady”. The other two best places to photograph the Eiffel Tower are on the other side of the Seine, crossing the bridge of Jena. Cross the bridge, make a small detour to the left and choose the perfect framing. Otherwise, you can climb to the balcony of the Old Palace of Trocadero to have a good view of the tower. And you can enjoy the Trocadero Gardens. Follow Avenue Kléber to reach the next fastest point of interest.
Alternatively: cross the Seine by the Pont de L’Alma and take Avenue Marceau to the Arc de Triomphe. On the north side of the bridge, you can see the flame of freedom that has become the unofficial memorial of Princess Diana.
Erected to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the obligatory passage points in this route of Paris. With time (and money), you can climb the terrace of the largest arch in the world and enjoy one of the most popular panoramic views of Paris. Obviously, we highlight the beautiful view of the most famous boulevard in the world, the Champs-Elysees. Rest assured, in a few moments you will walk around these 2 km of charm. Under the arch is the monument of the Unknown Soldier.
Why does the Avenue des Champs Elysées attract so many people? For the life that emanates. It’s “The street” of Paris. A must-see, must-walk, must-feel for any visitor. Probably the most beautiful avenue in the world, it deserves our time. Some of the world’s leading brands in fashion and jewelery are here and display your brand shamelessly. It will be difficult to resist the temptation to spend hours watching the windows. Treat yourself to the luxury of lunch on one of the many terraces of the Champs-Elysées and feel like a Parisian. If the portfolio is modest, in addition to fine cafes and restaurants, you’ll also find world-class fast food brands.
A masterpiece of architecture in stone, steel and glass. Immediately recognizable by its huge glass dome, it was built for the 1900 World Fair and was declared a historic monument at the turn of the millennium. The Grand Palace is like a 3-in-1: the Nave hosts international events, the galleries are the exhibition space for works of art and the Discovery Palace is a museum dedicated to science, a favorite of children.
Also built in 1900 for the World Fair, the Petit Palais is now the Museum of Fine Arts in Paris. Here you can see works by the greatest French and international artists. The building is an authentic architectural pearl of academic style of the 19th century.
Ponte Alexander III
Listed as a historic monument, the Alexandre III bridge is one of the most emblematic bridges in Paris and, in our opinion, the most beautiful in terms of architecture and location. The four winged horses jump immediately in sight: will it be blinding gold? A perfect place for an inspiring walk, day or night. However, the view around can overshadow the gold of the imposing sculptures above the four pillars.
The disabled or Les Invalides
And curiosities continue to marvel at this Parisian scenario. The Esplanade des Invalides is another great garden perfect to absorb the monumentality of Paris. The jewel is the Royal Hotel des Invalides immediately identifiable because of its dome, under which is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Luis XIV thought he would take care of disabled or wounded soldiers. The huge monument is “military” written from all lines, from museums to the military pantheon, through the two churches.
Place de la Concorde
We follow our route from Paris returning to the Champs-Elysees to feel the bustle of the largest square in Paris, we are talking about the Place de la Concorde. Here the French Revolution was bloody since it was the place of Paris where the guillotine descended most often on the heads of convicts, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The obelisk of Luxor, Egyptian obelisk of more than 3000 years, is the most striking image, flanked by the fountain of the Seas and the fountain of the Rivers. Around the Place de la Concorde are some of the most prestigious hotels in the world, authentic architectural monuments full of history and memories. And do not forget to take a ride on the Ferris wheel, if you visit Paris between November and May. If you can, include the Madeleine Church on this day of your three-day itinerary, two steps north of the square.
2nd day of the Paris road map
This second day of visit will be dedicated to the artistic side of the city.
More than a garden, the Tuileries Garden is a cultural space. The Tuileries Garden exudes art in the beautiful sculptures of Rodin and Giacometti that decorate it, relax in the vast green space and the two lakes, and the Impressionist culture of the great Monet at the Orangery Museum. It is likely that you have already identified the pyramid of glass rising to the bottom. This is the next stop in this Paris script.
For art lovers, visiting Paris and not visiting the Louvre is an inexplicable failure. The Louvre Museum is the culmination of art in this city, a world-renowned museum with artistic treasures and unparalleled history of humanity. The Royal Palace itself is a living museum influenced by 800 years of architectural styles ranging from the Romanesque massif to the modern Pei glass pyramid. Even if you do not know the names Victory of Samothrace or Venus of Milo, you will immediately recognize the Hellenistic sculptures as you pass through them.
The New Bridge
To enter the Île de France, nothing better than using the Pont Neuf. The name may be misleading because “the new bridge” is actually the oldest stone bridge in Paris. The half-moon bridge with 12 arches connects the banks of the Seine to a central bastion that touches the western tip of the Île de France. It overlooks the equestrian statue of Henry IV who inaugurated it after thirty years of construction. Highlight the 380 grotesque masks used as decorative elements of the bridge. Stay on the Île de France and walk east: go through the heart of Paris.
This Gothic church of the thirteenth century is sublime and everything is due to its huge stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. The light filtered by the windows of the Sainte-Chapelle gives the interior of this “chapel” an incredible luminance. It promotes many events by being a privileged space for concerts of classical and religious music because of the excellent acoustics.
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is known as the best of the Gothic style of the French metropolis.Give yourself time to admire the rosettes, the haughty towers, the belfry and the gargoyles outside. Also consider the portals elaborated with biblical stories, the way in which believers were once catechized. There, marvel at the light filtered through thousands of colorful stained glass windows.
No visit to Paris will be complete without going to the Latin Quarter. On the left bank of the Seine, it is the district of students, Parisians and tourists. Its many cafes, restaurants, bistros invite you to slow down, enjoy a good pastry while relaxing on a deck chair and watching life go by. In the Latin Quarter, you will find the Pantheon, the famous and prestigious University of the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Senate, among other points of interest in Paris. The best shopping streets are Rue Mouffetard and Rue Monge with their markets and flea markets.
Palace and Gardens of Luxembourg
If there is something of Paris that is exímia is in the conciliar monuments with lush gardens. The Luxembrugo palace and gardens are another example where art combines perfectly with an environment conducive to relaxation. The Luxembourg gardens were inspired by Florence’s Boboli gardens and include more than a hundred statues, a lake and a monumental fountain. It is a favorite of families as there are many interesting activities for children. The long existence of the Royal Palace of Luxembourg has made it the scene of remarkable moments in the history of Paris and the French nation and currently hosts the Senate of France.
Saint Germain des Pres
The bohemian quarter owes its fame to the number of foreign writers and artists who, in the 40s, 50s and 60s, took up residence in these streets. We easily realize why this is an exciting neighborhood with streets full of charm and elegance. There is also an elite of intellectuals who try to preserve the authenticity of the neighborhood invaded by the great literary and cinematographic renown. Among them, Hemingway celebrated the idea that “Paris is a party”, and more recently Woody Allen with Midnight in Paris.
3rd day of the Paris road map
For this third we advise you to visit its three emblematic places of Paris; Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre and the Georges Pompidou Center.
Start your day in Montmartre to visit the artistic district par excellence of Paris. The Place du Tertre is home to countless artists who propose to portray them in a few minutes. Take the time to absorb the artistic spirit, to observe the undeniable details of this bohemian and carefree Paris. After all, Montmartre seduced Picasso and Modigliani. Perhaps because it is the highest hill in Paris where you can have the best views.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre
The star of Montmartre is undoubtedly the basilica of the Sacred Heart. Take the funicular that leaves you at the foot of the basilica and enjoy the trip to enjoy the slow pace of these charming streets. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the second highest peak in the city of Paris, just after the Eiffel Tower and hosts the largest bell in the capital in its belfry. The Roman-Byzantine basilica is a blinding white. This phenomenon is explained by the presence of calcite in the limestone which, in contact with moisture, acts as if it were bleach giving it the bright white.
Georges Pompidou Center
Even if you do not like modern art, you will be attracted to the Georges Pompidou Center. The architecture of the colorful building contrasts sharply with the gray of the neighborhood where it is located, one of the oldest in Paris is also one of the largest museums of modern art in the world, you will find the work by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers who stands out among the most emblematic of the twentieth century by its pipes, stairs and lifts in garish colors.
You can finish your journey in Paris by visiting the most charming and trendy areas of Paris. Le Marais, Street art, art galleries, fashion shops, macaroons, gastronomy and wines you will find them all on Le Marais. Bobo culture (Bohemian Bourgeois) is everything here. To finish your 3-day trip to Paris, and if you like shopping it is also the ideal place. This list of places and attractions to visit in Paris is surely not exhaustive, Paris is for every tourist an exceptional city that offers each a circuit adapted to his tastes and interests. in any case in three days you will be able to visit the most emblematic places of Paris, to discover the other small corners, streets and alleys of this city, you will have to return several times or extend your journey to see more. One thing is certain, once visited, Paris will charm you and you will fall in love with her, just like me, thinking only of one thing, to come back again and again.