The islands on the Seine

The Ile de la Cité and the Ile St-Louis are two of the most picturesque and romantic corners of Paris: overlooking the Seine, they retain their charm and history.
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The two islands of the Seine in the centre of Paris, Ile de la Cité and Ile St-Louis, are two of the most picturesque and romantic corners of Paris.

Once autonomous medieval villages, the two islands still preserve traces of an ancient past, of intrigue and bloody political struggles.

Île de la Cité

1Île de la Cité, Paris, France

In the Middle Ages, this small island on the Seine was the heart of political and religious power, as evidenced by the imposing Palais de Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

You can imagine life at the time by browsing the stalls of the flower market or the quaint little squares.

Île Saint-Louis

2Île Saint-Louis, 75004 Paris, France

Take your time to stroll through the picturesque alleys and elegant palaces where artists, actresses, doctors and important people have lived over the centuries.

Magnificent are the tree-lined boulevards, romantic riverside promenades, quaint shops and picturesque little restaurants.

The most romantic corner of the islands? The area between Pont Saint-Louis and Pont Louis-Philippe, the tip of the island, an idyllic and charming place, especially in the evening.

Moreover, in summer, the two most beautiful bridges in the area, Pont Saint-Louis and Pont au Double, are filled with original street performers and musicians who will enliven your strolls.


In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

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