Paris is the capital of France and also considered one of the capitals of the world. A visit to Paris is ideal for the physically fit traveler who embraces the chance to be outdoors. Visitors will find many large parks filled with activities that can be enjoyed year-round, stunning landmarks that allow for exercise and a city where walking is often the best way to get around.
Hike up Sacre Coeur
The white walls of the large cathedral of Sacre Coeur, built from the mid-1870s till 1914 by the Catholic community of France, stand atop a Parisian hill. Located in the heart of the Montmartre district, the Sacre Coeur offers tremendous views of the entire city. It is considered one of the city's most beloved sacred spaces. To get to the Sacre Coeur take the Paris metro to the Anvers or Abbesses metro station. Exit on your right and follow the crowds. You can get a glimpse of the church from the foothills below. In order to reach the top you can pay a small fee to take a funicular to the top or you can walk up more than 100 steps. The stairs are divided into separate staircases so you can take a break. At each turn you can get an ever-expanding view of Paris. At the very top is the church. Admission is free although donations are welcome.
Pl. du Parvis-du-Sacré-Coeur
18e, Paris, France
Climb The Eiffel Tower
Erected in the 1880s as a part of a temporary exhibit, the Eiffel Tower has since become one of the most instantly recognizable symbols of Paris. The tower is right across from the Seine River in the middle of a park known as the Champs de Mars. The Eiffel Tower is divided into three levels. Admission is more as you go up each level. Visitors can take an elevator to visit each of the three levels. They can also stand in line and then walk up the first two floors. Using the stairs will save you money and provide you with exercise at the same time. Each level has roughly 300 steps. Expect to spend about 15 minutes to half an hour climbing up. You can rest your feet on the stairs briefly but there are no official places to stop as you climb to the first level. You may use the stairs to get down from the tower.
5 avenue Anatole France
Champs de Mars
Visit a Parisian Park
Paris has many large parks. One of the most visited is the Bois de Boulogne. Take the metro to the Porte Dauphine or Porte d'Auteuil stop. The Bois de Boulogne, in the 16th arrondissement, or city district, is the largest park in Paris and a favorite of Parisian families. You can take a walk, run or ride a bicycle though the many paths that wend around the woods of the Bois de Boulogne. Go boating on the Lower Lake or horseback riding on one of the many trails that wind around all sides of the park.
Bois de Boulogne
Article Written By S. Herlihy
S. Herlihy has been a freelance writer since 2001. Her work has appeared in many publications, including "USA Today," "The Women’s Independent Press," "Big Apple Parent" and "ComputorEdge Magazine." Herlihy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York.