20 essential places to visit in Paris


Paris, considered the most romantic city in the world and a place full of lovely places, is for us one of those cities that you must visit before you die. Stroll along the banks of the Seine, have a coffee in one of its beautiful terraces, climb the towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral, see the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero, lose yourself in the neighborhoods of Montmartre or Le Marais or get drunk with art in the Louvre, are just some of the many essential places to visit in Paris.
We have made a selection of 20 that we believe you can not miss, especially if it is your first time in Paris. To make the list we have based on the experience of the two trips we have made to the City of love: Paris in 12 days and Paris in 4 days. We start!

1. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was created for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1889 and although initially Parisians did not like it, over the years it has become the icon of the city. Its 1,665 steps make the elevator climb recommended, even if you choose the way you choose, what you can not miss are the incredible views of the city from above.
Also in the tower is one of the best restaurants in Paris «Le 58 Tour Eiffel«, Where to book a romantic dinner, it can be memorable and an unforgettable moment.
The best views you can have of the Eiffel Tower are from the Trocadero square, although you will also have a very good perspective from the Campo de Marte Park or from the Rue de l'Université, from where you can contemplate it between buildings.
As a comment we will tell you that in the elevators long lines are formed, by the stairs you will practically not have to wait, so if you do not have much time, we recommend you book this tour that also includes the cruise and the guided tour of Paris. If you do not want to do any tour you can buy your tickets in advance here and skip the lines.
The Eiffel Tower is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you want to go up the stairs they close at 6:30 p.m. To take into account that in summer the closure is extended until midnight.

2. Sainte Chapelle

La Sainte Chapelle is our favorite church in Paris and (at least for us) one of the most beautiful in the world. This Gothic church is located in the Île de la Cité and was built to keep several relics. What stands out are its impressive stained glass windows in the upper chapel, where it is difficult not to be speechless, while admiring such a wonder.
A good option to know the history of this church and not miss any detail is to book this visit with an expert guide in Spanish that also includes the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you do not want to do any guided tour you can book this ticket without queues in advance.

The schedule varies according to the time but is normally open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Garnier opera

20. Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Pere Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, in addition to being the largest in Paris. There are many renowned artists buried in it, among which some of the most famous tombs are that of Jim Morrison, leader of The Doors, full of memories and gifts from fans. You will also find those of great singers like Maria Callas or Edith Piaf and composers like Chopin. Among the many writers, Oscar Wilde's grave stands out, with a figure of a naked angel with wings spread out, which you can see is protected by glass, as fans painted their lips and marked the grave with a kiss.
A great way to know the history of the cemetery and not miss anything is to book this visit with a guide in Spanish.
The cemetery is a bit far from the city but is easily accessible by subway.
Open every day from 8 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon.

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