Paris Parks and Gardens
Famous parks and gardens of Paris
The Jardin Des Tuileries are perhaps the most frequented gardens in the city, stretching from Place de la Concorde to the iconic Louvre museum. Head off the main thoroughfare and savour an espresso at one of the outdoor cafes, or simply wander round and soak up the atmosphere.
The Bois de Boulogne is a popular spot for cyclists and walkers, offering nearly 30 kilometres worth of walkways across 850 hectares. Similarly, the Bois de Vincennes lends itself to long walks, as well as horse riding and relaxing boat cruises. It also happens to be home to Paris Zoo, making it the ideal destination for a family outing.
For those partial to a park with a view, the Parc de Buttes-Chaumont sits perched on a rocky hill in the north-eastern part of the city, offering sweeping views of Paris and iconic landmarks such as the Sacré Coeur.
Elsewhere, the Parc de Belleville offers arguably the best panoramic views of the city, as well as immaculately maintained gardens, an open-air theatre and the longest water fountain in Paris.
The Parc de Bercy is a haven of peace and tranquillity and the perfect place to stop off for a bit of relaxation after a stroll along the banks of the Seine. It's also home to the Bercy Arena, one of the largest indoor sporting and concert venues in the city.
Nature in the city
If you feel like indulging in some serious relaxation, head along to the Luxembourg Gardens near the Latin Quarter and admire its array of statues, lounge by one of the fountains or enjoy a game of chess.
Paris is a city which simply oozes history, and its parks are no different. The Jardin des Plantes is a 17th century botanical garden which stretches across 28 hectares on the banks of the Seine. It's also home to the oldest zoo in the world, featuring a range of small and medium sized exotic animals.
There are four botanical gardens to be found across the city, with the Jardin des serres d'Auteuil featuring five greenhouses filled with plants, trees and spectacular colours.
Le Jardin Natural (The Natural Garden) is another popular spot with nature lovers, located close to the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. The focus here is very much on creating a natural eco-system in which grass, trees and plants are allowed grow freely.
Eat, play and relax
The Parc André Citroën is a popular destination for children, with dedicated play areas featuring various ball games, toboggan runs and, on clear days, a hot air balloon.
Parc de la Villette is another great place to take youngsters, with playgrounds, boat rides and cycle paths spread out across 35 acres.
Both the Jardin Alpin and the Parc Montsouris lend themselves well to a spot of lunch thanks to their on-site restaurants, whilst Petite Ceinture offers a hidden paradise within the city. So hidden, in fact, that even some locals aren't aware of it. Formerly a railway line, it is now a fabulous nature trail lined with wild flowers and trees and home to a range of animals.