In addition to the numerous tourist attractions focused on architecture, monuments and museums, Paris has wonderful green areas. The city’s gardens, parks and squares are those places that make you even sigh, you know? They are good alternatives for those who want to do some outdoor activity and get to know less touristy spaces.
I am suspicious to talk about it because, as most of you may already know, I love Paris. However, these green areas are really beautiful and worth visiting. Even if you only have a few days there, try to choose at least two of the gardens or parks to stroll through. I promise that they are all charming.
As one of the best known gardens in Paris, the Jardin des Tuileries is the oldest in the city. During the 16th century it was used as a super luxurious party space, frequented only by upper class people. As the place was synonymous with wealth, it is full of fountains and sculptures.
As the garden is between the Louvre Museum and Place Concorde, it is practically impossible for it to pass unnoticed by you. Take the opportunity to walk a little, or sit on one of the benches around it to observe the movement of people. The landscape is very beautiful, both for the green of the lawn as well as for the typical buildings of Paris in the background.
If you want a different park with incredible views, be sure to go to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. It is one of the largest in the city, with several native trees and artificial waterfall and lake. As it occupies a large and irregular area, the trails have some ups and downs, but nothing that is very tiring.
Within the park there are two other points that attract the attention of visitors. The first is a 65-meter-long suspension bridge and the second is the Sybille temple, which sits on a rock by the lake. To reach the temple, just use the bridge, and then enjoy the wonderful view of the city that the place provides.
In my opinion, Luxembourg Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city, as well as being immense. Many residents of the region frequent the space for routine walks or to walk with their children. Ah, if you want a quick snack, just go to one of the two kiosks in the garden.
The place is also interesting for those who go to the city with children and want to do something different, since there it is very common to have puppet theaters and sailing boats on the main lake. Fun is guaranteed for both children and adults!
Jardin des Plantes is a super complete and diverse space. It is the most important botanical garden in the city and also has several other attractions, that is, it has activity for all tastes. Among these activities are the Ménagerie, which is one of the oldest zoos in the world, the Natural History Museum and a rose garden with approximately 170 species of the flower. Because there are so many things to do there, I recommend that you take a morning to get to know everything that interests you, without being in a hurry to leave.
Champs de Mars
You probably have seen photos of the park just in front of the Eiffel Tower, right? This place is Champ De Mars, one of the most visited in the city. Although it is very crowded, it is nice to have a picnic or spread a towel on the floor just to be able to enjoy the view from the tower.
And it’s not just tourists who love this place! Parisians also frequent the park to rest, do physical activities or meet friends and family. The park is beautiful both in the morning and afternoon and also at night, mainly because the Eiffel Tower is lit.
The Royal Palace
If you want to see a wonderful garden, but don’t want a very busy space, add Le Palais Royal to your itinerary. The garden is delightful and also has several fountains, statues and beautiful trees. Depending on the season you are in, the garden will be all flowery and full of colors.
Another positive point in relation to the park is its location. It is close to the Louvre, other smaller art galleries and several restaurants and cafés. The region is great for those who like to stroll without having a fixed destination and enjoy discovering special places as they walk.
Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne is one of the favorite parks of Parisians. Most people who visit it are looking for a good space to practice physical activities – both hiking on the trails and cycling. If you plan to take children for a walk, keep an eye on them. The park is huge and getting lost in it is a bit common.
For you to know more about Paris and other places we visit, just watch our vlogs. Some of the parks that I mentioned to you around here also appear in the video 🙂