Ile de la Cite in Paris - the very heart of your city breakIle de la Cite, is the main island in the middle of the River Seine and the very centre of Paris. It is where the city could be said to have originated, circa 250BC as the settlement of Lutetia. It was little more than a tiny village when Julius Caesar arrived in 53 BC, but it became the centre of political power and in medieval times it was the home of the church and the law.

colourful flower market in centre of Paris relax on your city breakNowadays it does not have such power but any short holiday or weekend break would not be complete without a visit to the Palais de Justice, Marche aux Fleurs and the Notre Dame. The famously flamboyant Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, with its 13th-century stained glass, and the vaulted halls and prison cells of the Conciergerie can still be found among Paris’s main law courts.

You’ll also find, at either end of the island, Place du Vert-Galant, a great place to take a boat trip, and the Mémorial de la Deportation, a sober monument to Second World War deportees. Purchasing a Paris Pass in advance includes a cruise along the Seine and admission to over 60 museums and attractions.

Substantially transformed during the nineteenth century, you will still find much to charm you on the Ile de la Cité and booking a hotel in the vicinity will put you at the very heart of Paris for your city break. For impartial hotel reviews check the amoreTravel guide to the best hotels in Paris.

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