Ile de la Cite is one of the oldest districts in Paris. Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, la Conciergerie, the flower market, the Vert Galant gardens are some of the highlights of this small and picturesque Seine river island. Top places to visit in Paris.
An island on the Seine river, Ile de la Cite (City island) has been inhabited since the Roman Empire (history details). As the religious and political heart of France for centuries, Ile de la Cite features splendid sights. Ile de la Cite is really worth walking through from Notre Dame Cathedral to Place Dauphine and Square du Vert Galant. Locate Ile de la Cite on Paris map. Paris metro: Cite station, line 4. Saint Michel station, RER B and C lines. Ile de la Cite is a good place to board a Seine river cruise. Paris facts.
Ile de la Cite features three top sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, the beating heart of the city since the 13th century, La Conciergerie, the former royal palace which was turned into a prison during the French revolution, and Sainte Chapelle which was built as schrine for the Christ' Crown of Thorns. Ile de la Cite also features many old bridges like 1603 Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in town. Paris map.
Ile de la Cite provides spectacular views on the Seine River, Seine river banks and Ile Saint Louis.
You will find the Flower Market (Le Marche aux Fleurs in french) in between Notre Dame and the Conciergerie.
Housed in iron pavillions, it is open 7 days a week from 8am to 7.30pm. On Sundays, the Flower Market is complemented by a delicious bird market. Locate the Flower Market on Paris map.
Hotel Melia Paris Notre Dame is one of the best hotels near Ile de la Cite. Located in a quiet street, 500 m from Ile de la Cite in the Latin Quarter, it provides free Wi-Fi. The air-conditioned guest rooms have private bathrooms and internet access. Some have views of Notre Dame Cathedral. Room service is available in the evenings, with gastronomic French specialties. More hotels near Notre Dame.