Most famous for being the region where Paris is situated, Ile de France is one of the most popular areas of France and is often referred to as the Région Parisienne by its inhabitants. In the region of Ile de France there is a variety of holiday cottages in Paris suitable for a range of guests, which are perfectly placed to explore the historic landmarks and monuments, as well as more indulgent pursuits such as fine dining and browsing the boutiques.
Ile de France usually enjoys a temperate climate of warm summers and mild winters. There is moderate rainfall in the region that keeps the surrounding countryside and famous gardens lush and flourishing throughout the year. When you stay at a holiday cottage in Paris or in the surrounding areas, you can enjoy a region that is beautiful all year round.
As one of the most popular cities in the world, Paris is full of exciting attractions and renowned monuments. Just strolling around this city provides a wealth of things to do. Along with the world-famous attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées, there is a variety of fine restaurants, cafés, designer shops, chic boutiques, bars, department stores, museums and art galleries. When staying at holiday cottages in Paris there is always something new to explore.
Ile de France also provides plenty of opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to the countryside. The Vallée de Chevreuse is home to a variety of picturesque villages and the fields, woodland and rivers that run through it shape its landscape.
Holiday cottages in Paris and other areas of Ile de France are never far from the countryside as 80 percent of the region is natural land. Some of the delightful villages include Dampierre and Châteaufort, both the setting for some exquisite châteaux built between the 12th and 16th century.
Another famous city in the Ile de France region is Versailles. Most famous for its palace and treaties, the city of Versailles has played an important part in French history for centuries. As an affluent part of Ile de France there are a number of pleasant holiday cottages.
Paris is known as the capital city of France today, but throughout history Versailles and Paris have both been the capital. Visiting Versailles while in the region is a great chance to see and learn more about the history of France.
When staying in holiday cottages in Paris, or in the Ile de France region, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to do day-to-day. Those who love the great outdoors will feel at home with the vast amount of countryside, woodland and natural parks while those looking to immerse themselves in culture will enjoy the numerous museums, art galleries and famous monuments.
Visitors to Paris can indulge in a cruise of the River Seine where they will enjoy a peaceful view of the city. Sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises and dinner cruises are available where you will enjoy gourmet food.