If you’re visiting Paris it pays to venture beyond the Boulevard Périphérique and see what you can find around the wider Île-de-France region.
Many of the attractions like the Palace of Versailles and Disneyland Paris will be known to all, but some exciting discoveries may not.
If you can’t get enough of châteaux and formal gardens you could spend days jumping from one stately home to another, while the homes of all sorts of famous French personalities also open their doors to the public.
You may also want to get clear of the hubbub of the Parisian streets for restorative days walking in the countryside, and the good news is you’ll never have to travel far.
Lets have a look at the best things to do in Île-de-France:
1. Palace of Versailles
You’ll have read about it and seen it in movies, but these can’t prepare for the size and splendour of the palace in real life.
The gardens alone took 40 years to complete.
There’s such an array of things to see that it may make your head spin, but whatever you do make sure you get to palace as early as possible to avoid the worst of the queues as it does get very busy.
Among the many musts is the Hall of Mirrors, scene of momentous events like the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and a bold symbol of the economic power wielded by Louis XIV in the 17th-century.