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If the sunshine is out in the romantic city of Paris, we have put together a top 5 list of the best outdoor activities for you to try in and around Paris.

Palace of Versailles Gardens, Versailles

The history around these gardens is huge and starts in 1661 when Louis XIV decided that they were as important as the castle itself. You can go to Versailles to visit the castle where French monarchy liked to party (and apparently went to the loo in the corridors?), or you can simply go and meander around those symmetrical gardens and enjoy the fresh air.

For a place to stay near Versailles you cant go wrong with Trianon Palace Versailles by Waldorf Astoria.

Fontainebleau

The climbing site of Fontainebleau, commonly known as Bleau, this is a natural climbing site is located in the forest of Fontainebleau (1 hours drive from the center of Paris).

The site is made of blocks of sandstone and is famous around the world for “Bouldering” which is climbing on rocks of a low height.

The “Coulée Verte”

The “Coulée verte René-Dumont”, formerly known as Promenade plantée, is a beautiful linear park in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. Located on an old railway track, it extends from the Place de la Bastille to the Boulevard Périphérique, at Montempoivre. You can walk, ride or cycle along this 4.7 km pathway, which opened in 1993.

Saint Ouen Flea Market

The Flea Market – also called the “Puces”- is a real institution in Paris! The market covers seven hectares: it is the largest antiques market in the world. This is a gold mine for people looking for vintage items, antiquities and even army clearance. The market is held on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

The Père Lachaise Cemetery

For the more morbid traveller, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is the biggest cemetery in Paris and is famous for being the first garden cemetery, as well as the first municipal cemetery. Numerous celebrities (rédéric Chopin, Allan Kardec, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Oscar Wilde) reside here and some of the monuments are beautiful artworks.

For a charismatic hotel stay, take a look at our guide to the best luxury boutique hotels in Paris.

These recommendations come from our friends at Universal Tour Guide.

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