Paris , which is by far the most beautiful city in the world, receives millions of tourists year after year for its many charms. The most popular of all is the Eiffel Tower, but it must be said that there are other attractions that are worth visiting. One of them? The Montmartre neighborhood , which is undoubtedly the most bohemian in the capital of France.
It is easy to recognize because it houses the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a must-see church that allows you to enjoy privileged views of the city. It is the starting point of much more than 130 meters of hill. So you can see that I’m not lying, nothing better than signing up for the 8 plans that I share below.
1- Moulin Rouge
It is one of the most charming places in Paris, and not only because Nicole Kidman delighted us on a trapeze with a 1,308 diamond necklace. It is a cabaret located at the foot of Montmartre since 1889, when the Spanish Josep Oller completed its construction. Since then, nothing more and nothing less than the Belle Epoque, shows of all kinds have been seen and first-rate artists have paraded, such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli or Dean Martin.
Today you can experience all the essence of Mouling Rouge by spending an unforgettable night. You can book dinner + show, although you should know that prices start from 190 euros . Check it out on their website.
2- Sacred Heart
We are talking about a basilica with Byzantine influences that was built on a Greek cross plan to excuse the sins of the Paris Commune during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The National Assembly was the one that approved its construction in 1873, but the works They didn’t end until 1919, just after the First World War ended.
Although the best views of Paris are those offered by the Eiffel Tower, there are those who consider that a sunset at the Sacre Coeur has even more charm, since you can contemplate the roofs of the city from a much calmer place.
3- Place du Tertre
It is a very small square in which art is the main protagonist. There, at the end of the 18th century, painters, singers and poets were concentrated. Today the most common thing is to run into landscape painters and portraitists, geniuses who, as in the past, squeeze their full potential to earn some money.
The place is also known as the « Square of the artists» , since there are 149 sites of one square meter of extension that allow two painters to take over each day.
4- Le Moulin de la Galette
Moulin Rouge is not the only famous mill in Montmartre. Believe it or not, there is a windmill in the neighborhood that reminds us that in its day it was a place of vineyards and wheat fields. Today it is a restaurant with a beautiful terrace that allows you to eat on its blades. Of course, as you can imagine, it is not one of the cheapest in the area, which is justified by the simple fact of being a mill that appeared in paintings by such famous artists as Vincent van Gogh or Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Right now they offer two menus: one for 31 euros and the other for 39 euros. You can book through the Le Moulin de la Galette website.
5- Place Pigalle
It is another of the squares that you cannot miss. The " Market of Models " was held there, a meeting point between painters and women who wanted to become muses to be immortalized.
For some it is the most hooligan area of the capital. Nearby there are discos, bars, pubs, alternative clothing stores …
6- Le Bateau Lavoir
Every art lover has known " The Artists ‘ Cave " since 1889, curiously the same year in which the works on the Moulin Rouge were completed. Pablo Picasso himself gave life to "The Young Ladies of Avignon" and laid the foundations of cubism in the same place where artists such as Kees van Dongen or Max Jacob came to unfold their full artistic potential. Unfortunately a fire took everything away in 1970, so today you can only see a shop window that is located in Place Emile Goudeau.
7- Stroll and stroll
You can’t finish the Montmartre neighborhood. You do not get tired of walking and strolling through its picturesque streets. You stop and walk again numerous times. Its cobbled paths catch you because beauty is everywhere. You can even see a house that they say is haunted . It is on avenue Frochot, a cul-de-sac very close to Place Pigalle. Obviously, you will have no problem finding souvenirs that you can buy at a good price if you know how to haggle.
8- The Montmartre cemetery
Visiting a cemetery is not usually a good plan, but in this neighborhood it is. Why? Well, because there are numerous sculptures and mausoleums by artists like Dalida that are worth visiting. Of course, to access for free from 09:00 to 18:00 you must be well dressed and behave. You can’t start dancing reggaeton.
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