An area unlike any other in the city of light, the village of Montmartre is a must visit destination for anyone visiting Paris.
Here are 5 reasons you need to visit Montmartre
Paris is a city packed with history, but Montmartre’s legacy is unique in its own right. Once a village bordering the city, the area was home to agriculture and many people forced to move from Paris due to being unable to afford to live there. Its reputation as an affordable area to live also attracted struggling artists, from far and wide. Over the centuries, the village evolved into one of the most significant hubs for painters, poets, singers and writers in European history. The legacy of Montmartre’s bohemian past is clear to see and experience for yourself.
At the top of Montmartre’s hill sits the impressive Sacré-Cœur. The highest point in Paris, the basilica is also one of the most visited destinations in France. Built on a religious spot that dates back to the 2nd century AD, the Sacré-Cœur was allegedly constructed to expiate the crimes of the Paris Commune. Today, from either the top or bottom of the butte, it is one of the most picturesque sites in Paris. Perfect for a summer picnic or a late night vista of the city of light.
Before it was one of Paris’ most visited destinations, Montmartre was an independent village – and it still feels like one. The winding roads, cobbled streets and vine covered houses all contribute to a very un-Parisian, Parisian experience. Crammed with quaint eateries and cafes, Montmartre has lost very little of its village atmosphere. Full of picturesque photo opportunities and pleasant strolls, there’s really no other place in Paris quite like it!.
Lower Montmartre is an enduring homage to the areas historic nightlife. The Boulevard de Clichy is still the heart of the city’s red light district and equally a popular area for clubbing and cabarets. Since the end of the 19th century the Moulin Rouge has been the focal point of the area. The cabaret, known to many for its representation in a Hollywood film of the same name, has been an active cabaret since 1889. The spectacular shows are a must see on any trip to Paris.
Montmartre looms large over Paris and is consequently the best spot in the to get a panorama of the city. Wether from the steps of the Sacré-Cœur, or from the top of the basilica itself, the vista is unparalleled. The area is also filled with numerous scenic staircases from which to grab an enchanting shot of the city from the top of the hill.
Our hostel is located right in the heart of the historic village, just metres from the Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge. Book with us now and discover Montmartre on your doorstep