Paris is home to many romantic spots, so much so that the French capital is sometimes also called the City of Love. Although that nickname is not as common as the City of Lights, there is a lot to the city’s romance that lures people to attribute that tag to Paris. Apparently, if you are planning for a trip to Paris with your beloved, finding the top locations for romantic strolls must be a priority to you. So to help you out, below are the top tourist destinations to explore during your Paris walking tours.
The Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries
To explore the plazas and galleries around the former palatial home and the gardens would be some romantic walk. Besides, the first arrondissement of Paris and the Right Bank of the Seine River has some splendid paved walkways, stores, and even the Palais Royal gardens. Just a stone’s throw away from the Louvre resides the Galerie Vivienne, which is a quaint arcade that takes tourists to Paris of a different period. The area has an old-world charm, which couples will certainly want to explore by foot.
The Marais District
Try strolling around the narrow, quaint streets in this neighborhood, particularly Rue de Turenne and Place des Vosges, and you are sure to have a romantic timeout. It usually takes a few hours of your time to fully explore the neighborhood, with quiet squares, glamorous Renaissance-period mansions, and remains of the medieval city aplenty around. Besides, Le Marais is a popular shopping destination too, so you can explore its boutiques with your significant other for some souvenir shopping.
The Banks of the River Seine
Exploring the riverbanks in Paris by foot could bring back memories of watching a movie or a TV series, or even reading a work of fiction. This is where lovers hold hands together for an evening walk. If you were visiting the “City of Love” for the first time, you would want the areas for that walk along the riverside. If you are on a metro train, get down at the Île Saint-Louis Island around the Notre Dame or at Saint Michel metro station to stroll along the Left Bank of River Seine.
The attractive nooks of this hill are best explored on Paris walking tours. Although you have the option of boarding a special railway system called Funiculaire de Montmartre, it cannot beat the pleasure of an uphill climb. You can still get to the bottom of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica by ambling your way up, while enjoying the winding paths and cobblestoned streets along the way. The entire area will rekindle the romance in you, the kind of which a 19th Century poet or romanticist would approve of.
The Latin Quarter
This district, with its antique bookshops, hidden walkways, old-fashioned cafes, and gorgeous gardens, is perfect for a romantic walk. Particularly, the walk can be charming around the Saint Michel neighborhood nearby the old Sorbonne building and the Jardin Du Luxembourg gardens. Besides, the neighborhood’s bookstores have many gems for literary enthusiasts, so check them out too when on Paris city tour.
Off the Beaten Paths
If you have gone to most of the Parisian landmarks before, perhaps it will be worthwhile to explore an unusual route. If that is what you are feeling, try a walk along the 19th Century Canal Saint Martin. This area in eastern Paris makes for a romantic walk for those who want to explore an edgier side of the city. For an even quieter and quainter walk, try that along the Butte aux Cailles to the southern end. Below are some suggested places for a romantic stroll.
- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont: This 19th Century public park is rife with artificial waterfalls and grottoes, plants and trees in loads of varieties, and a hillside temple. Its verdant greenery is sure to make your romantic walk more than worthwhile and can help you escape the hustle and bustle of the main city.
- Viaduc des Arts: This is a former viaduct as well as a railway turned into an esplanade, full of artisanal boutiques and a pathway that boasts of trees, plants, and flowers. One of its sections comprises the Promenade Plantée, which blooms with cherry-blossom and other trees during the spring season making it ideal for Paris walking tours.
The Romantic Timeout Just Gets Bigger!
If you are in for some peaceful timeout in the French countryside, there are definitely many places for finding that secluded time together when on a daytime trip away from the city rush. One such location is the Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, the same medieval place from where he painted the Water Lilies series of paintings. Palace of Versailles gardens and Vaux-le-Vicomte Château are two other such places that you can include in your Paris walking tours itinerary.