Île-de-France is a region in northern France. Although the smallest of the 18 French regions, it has the most hostels because Île-de-France includes Paris. There are two international airports and a variety of ground transportation to choose from.
France in general can be an expensive country to visit and Île-de-France certainly does not disprove this! Everything, particularly in tourist areas, can be pricey, but it's also possible to make a visit more affordable. The best money-saving tactic is to stay in hostels. Several Île-de-France cities have a hostel, and there are hundreds of hostel options in the Paris metropolitan area. You can choose to stay close to central Paris to be near the action, or choose a hostel on the Parisian outskirts or even another city and rely on public transportation or a car rental. If you walk or use public transportation (especially the metro system), and opt for grocery stores and street food above sit-down restaurants, you'll find that Île-de-France can be done on somewhat of a budget.
The climate of Île-de-France varies by season, being hot in the summer and cold in the winter, with snow being fairly rare. It is largely flat with a few hills. In fact, Paris itself only has one hill in the entire city, the Montmarte.
Most attractions will be found in Paris. The Notre Dame Cathedral is a French favorite. The Arc de Triomphe can be appreciated on so many levels, from history to art to architecture. Moulin Rouge is a popular place to see a show. If you plan your trip accordingly, you could be in the area to enjoy an event such as Bastille Day or Le Tour de France. For a change of pace, a popular past time is picnicking in on of the many parks. Of course, no one can forget the international symbol, the Eiffel Tower!
Outside of Paris, Île-de-France offers few things to see and do, but what is offered is worth the trip. Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-la-Vallée. It is the most visited theme park in all of Europe, and offers some rides and attractions that are not found in other Disney parks. Versailles is a well-known day trip, especially the palace of Marie Antoinette.
Whether you go to Île-de-France for the dazzle of Paris or a change of pace, this is a region that should be included in every trip to France!
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You could stay in Paris forever — if you can afford to — and still not get enough. I ran the whole time day and night and did not see the half of it. And remember, please at least try to speak a little French and you will be surprised how pleasant Parisians will be—don’t try and you will experience the stereotypical …
Paris is divided into neighborhoods called arrondissements which are numbered (1è, 2è, 3è, etc.). The hostels in Paris are spread out over so many different parts of the city that you will find at least one hostel in almost every arrondissement. So which area is best to stay in? If you know you want to visit a …