Banks of the Seine (Paris rive de seine)
The banks of the Seine are among the most visited places In France, since it is on this territory that one will find emblematic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde or even Notre-Dame. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to Île Saint-Louis and contributes to the richness of France’s cultural heritage.
Château de Versailles
The Palais de Versailles is one of the architectural masterpieces of Paris, thus being one of the most famous UNESCO listed sites. Built during the 17th century under the direction of Louis XIV, this Palace was originally a simple hunting lodge which was gradually transformed into a royal residence, seat of the French absolute monarchy. If you choose to visit Versailles during the summer season you will have the pleasure of attending events such as musical fountains or night fountain shows.
Medieval town of Provins
Located East of Paris, Provins is a magnificent medieval city which has managed to preserve its charm and historical heritage over the centuries. Founded back to the 12th century, Provins is famous thanks to its two main UNESCO World Heritage Sites – The Tour César “Caesar Tower,” is indeed an iconic symbol of the city. The town of Provins is also renowned for its medieval festivals which attract many visitors every year wishing to attend the Rose Festival and the Saint-Martin Fair. During these events, the streets of Provins are full of costumed artisans, jugglers, musicians and knights, who together recreate the festive atmosphere of the Middle Ages.
Located about 55 kilometers southeast of Paris, Fontainebleau is a historic town renowned for its castle and forest. The Château de Fontainebleau, which dates back to the 12th century, was home to many French kings and emperors, including Napoleon Bonaparte. It is renowned for its spectacular architecture, gardens and lavish interiors. The Fontainebleau Forest, beside its beautiful natural environment, is and ideal place if you wish to practice outdoor activities: you will indeed find several hiking, climbing and horseback riding trails.
Sport, culture and leisure for free!
The City of Paris promotes cultural discovery and activities for students. If you are under 26yo, you will be able to access national monuments, and museums permanent collections for free. The “Kiosque jeunesse” also gives free invitations to shows including theater concerts or festivals. Some sports activities are also free in several gardens and parks of the City of Paris such as the Luxembourg garden, the Bercy park or the Champ-de-Mars Garden. Look it up, because you might find THE activity that suits you!