Paris is known by many around the world as the city of love, fashion, culture and history. Sometimes, enjoying the city and everything it has to offer can be quite expensive; museum entrance fees can add up given the number of them worth visiting and dining can become quite expensive over your stay.
The iconic cathedral in the middle of the city has long since been a popular tourist attraction. With its gargoyle statues staring out over the landscape and the gothic architecture being so impressive, it is not hard to understand why.
Entrance to the Notre Dame cathedral is completely free, although there are very long queues during certain times of the day. If you don’t want to be waiting in the queue for an hour, you can walk down the River Seine for some alternative and brilliant views of the cathedral.
Le Champ de Mars
While taking the lifts up to the top of the Eiffel Tower can be quite expensive for those on a tight budget (€13.40 per ticket) you don’t have to miss out on the area completely. The area below the tower is also worth a visit, with its immaculate lawns and flowerbeds giving you the perfect location for a picnic. Stay till dusk and you will be treated to the striking light show as the Eiffel Tower is lit up for the evening.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
This cemetery is the resting place for many famous literary greats. You can head over to Oscar Wilde’s tomb with its smudged lip stick stains all over, or pay your respects to Jim Morrison, whose grave is surrounded with cigarettes, flower garlands and alcoholic offerings from rock fans who make the pilgrimage here.
With the avenues all being lined by trees and the host of calling crows flying around above you, the cemetery is one of the most atmospheric places to walk through in the city, even if it is slightly spooky. With France’s attractions being fairly spread out, it may be cheaper for you to rent a car so that you can move between the sights quicker and easier than public transport.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
While the steepest park in Paris may not be too friendly on your calf muscles, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is a real gem of a getaway amongst the hectic Parisian life. The park is full of birdlife, rocky reliefs and a brilliant waterfall which was designed and created by the landscaping genius Baron Haussmann.