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Explore the Ile de la Cité during your stay in Paris

Explore the Ile de la Cité during your stay in Paris

Considered to be the cradle of Lutetia, the Gallo-Roman town regarded as the ancestor of Paris, the Ile de la Cité is the oldest district of the capital. Small, charming, picturesque and historic, this island in the Seine charms numerous visitors every day with its unique character. During your Parisian getaway at the Hotel au Royal Cardinal, why not take advantage of the fine weather to discover this island, the vibrant heart of the capital? Here is an overview of the essential places to see on the Ile de la Cité.


Visit the must-see attractions

The Ile de la Cité belongs to both the 1st and 4th arrondissements of the capital. Completely central, it is located between the Châtelet on the Right Bank, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Left Bank. Despite its small size, the Ile de la Cité is home to some of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Paris. Here you can find the famous bridges called the Pont Neuf and Pont de l'Archevêché and enjoy a spectacular view of the facade of Notre-Dame Cathedral. A walk on this small but beautifully preserved island is a source of enchantment, whether during the day, when you can admire the charming alleys and the old buildings, or at night, with the lights of the city reflecting from the Seine.


The Ile de la Cité; a trip back in time

While strolling the picturesque streets of the Ile de la Cité you will have the pleasure of discovering the charming Place Dauphine and the lovely little Square du Vert Galant. Take the time to linger there, choose a bench and let yourself drift into a reverie of the past. It’s easy to do so as there has been no recent construction on the Ile de la Cité, so the place invites you to immerse your thoughts in the tide the of history and imagine how life would have been a century or two ago. The Ile de la Cité is the perfect destination for a long summer picnic, especially on its banks, by the gently flowing river. After enjoying your alfresco lunch, it's time to treat yourself with a visit to the city's most famous ice cream parlour, the world-famous Berthillon.


Stay at the Hotel au Royal Cardinal in Paris

Extend the Ile de la Cité experience by choosing a hotel in a charming historic district of the capital. The Hotel au Royal Cardinal is located in the Latin Quarter, on the Left Bank. This elegant establishment is distinguished by the quality of its services and its tasteful decor. You will be delighted by its very central location, the many public transport options nearby, and the French breakfast provided for your enjoyment every morning.