With Paris at its heart, the Île-de-France encompasses sprawling suburbs, historic towns and villages brimming with charm. It’s home to the famous palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, as well as the cultural and natural attractions of Gâtinais Français Natural Regional Park.
Things to do in Ile-de-France
With iconic architectural landmarks, world-class museums and scenic natural areas, the Île-de-France is not to be missed.
Sightsee in Paris. One of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris is a global art, fashion and cultural hub, with the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre among its most famous attractions. Wander the bohemian streets of Montmartre and sightsee along the banks of the River Seine before soaking up the French culinary lifestyle at the city’s alfresco cafes.
Tour the Palace of Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles is a magnificent royal residence established in the 17th century. Now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it features 2,300 rooms, including the opulently decorated King’s State Apartment and Marie Antoinette’s Private Chambers. Not to miss are the famous Hall of Mirrors and the Gallery of Great Battles.
Get active in Gâtinais Français Natural Regional Park. Sprawling in the south of the Île-de-France, this biosphere reserve encompasses temperate forests, heathlands and open rocky areas that are popular with climbers. In addition to being a popular setting for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding, it’s home to the fascinating Musée des Peintres de Barbizon.
Visit Disneyland Paris. In the Île-de-France’s east is Disneyland Paris where you’ll find rides, shows and characters inspired by all your favourite Disney characters. You can go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Studios Park or enjoy a round at Golf Disneyland, which boasts 27 holes designed for both beginners and experienced players.
Getting around Ile-de-France
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the main aviation gateway to the Île-de-France while trains come and go from railway stations dotted throughout the district. Regional trains and buses connect towns and villages across the Île-de-France.