Paris

One of Europe's truly timeless cities, home to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame – not to mention fantastic food...

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... cutting-edge fashion and beautiful architecture – Paris needs no introduction. Easily accessible from London, it’s our nearest biggest-hitting neighbour, a real force in the fields of culture, art and cuisine.

Arriving at Paris Orly 

Paris Orly Airport is in the communes of Orly and Villeneuve-le-Roi in the south of Paris, about eight miles (13km) from the city centre. The airport is well connected to the city and there are numerous options when it comes to getting into town. The quickest of these is to get the train. The Orlyval light railway connects the airport to the RER B train line via Antony train station, from where it’s easy to transfer to a train into the centre of the city. The airport also connects to the RER C line, another of the city’s main train lines, with a shuttle from both Orly terminals to to Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d'Orly station, where it’s easy to catch an onward train.

It’s also easy to catch a bus from the airport into the city centre. Most conveniently, the line 1 runs between the airport and several sites in central Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées. The Orlybus runs between the airport and Denfert-Rochereau, a station in the Montparnasse district towards the centre of town.

Taxis are another convenient form on onward transport from the airport; they assemble outside exits L and B. If you’d rather drive yourself, several car rental firms have outlets at arrivals.

Night life

Whatever your perfect night out is, you can have it in Paris, from riverfront bars to thumpingly loud clubs to boho hipster cafés. Paris was a popular expat enclave for American writers in the 1920s, and this so-called Lost Generation, chief among them Ernest Hemingway, wasted no time in acquainting themselves with Paris’s most fashionable nightspots. To experience a slice of Hemingway’s Paris, head to Le Dôme Café in Montparnasse, largely unchanged since the days when the author would knock back martinis there with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

As Hemingway himself said, though, Paris is a moveable feast, and there’s much more to it than café society and cocktail bars. If you’re looking to mix with a younger, trendier crowd, make for Rue Oberkampf, which is packed with relaxed bars and edgy clubs.

The Bastille area is another good choice if you don’t mind a slightly more touristy feel, with lots of good live music bars to choose from. For a truly iconic Parisian night out, head to the Moulin Rouge at Pigalle, home of the can-can and the world’s most famous cabaret. The area around Pigalle is jam-packed with bars, clubs and music venues and is one of the city’s most popular nightspots; it’s also the former home of Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, among other iconic artists.