Famously beautiful, endlessly glamorous, impossibly romantic. Who wouldn’t fall in love with Paris? Take a short break to Paris from Glasgow Airport and start your own Parisian love story.
There’s more to Paris than the big tourist sights, but with tourist sights like these, there’s no harm being an unashamed tourist for the day. Join the queues for the Eiffel Tower and be rewarded by one of Europe’s most iconic views. From here, you can plot your journey around Paris’s must-sees – the River Seine, the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Sacré Coeur, Versailles... Alongside these essential sights, consider a trip underground; some six million skeletons are packed inside Paris’s creepy catacombs.
Paris is a place to set aside the guidebook and explore. For every famous monument, there’s a hidden gem known only to locals, and for every booked-out Michelin-starred restaurant, there’s a romantic backstreet bistro that’s perfect for two. To find the real Paris, trade the crowds of the Place de la Concorde for the calm cafés of the Place des Vosges, or the pavement artists of Montmartre for the art galleries of Belleville. When the time comes to pick a souvenir, browse for artisan cheeses and charcuterie at the Marché d’Aligre and Marché Richard Lenoir.
A kiss on a bridge over the River Seine is one of the all-time great romantic gestures. Stroll along the banks and admire the sunset from the Île Saint-Louis, then find a cosy café and order coffee and rainbow-coloured macaroons. Paris has an endless list of locations for lovers. Incurable romantics gather at the Père Lachaise Cemetery to pay their respects to Molière, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, while would-be brides and grooms pop the question over dinner at the exclusive Le Grand Véfour (17 rue de Beaujolais), in the arcades of the Palais-Royal.