Island of France
Around Paris and its famous monuments, Île-de-France has an indisputable wealth of heritage and sites of natural beauty. So do not hesitate to make a foray outside of the boulevard périphérique to see them!
Behind the historic gems of the Palaces of Versailles and Fontainebleau, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Basilica of St-Denis, venues dedicated to contemporary art are emerging, such as Vitry-sur-Seine's MAC/VAL. The region is also something of a hotbed of architectural innovation: see, for example, the skyscrapers of La Défense business district or the Fondation Louis Vuitton, in the Bois de Boulogne, which was designed by Frank Gehry.
Delve into the area's history and explore Roman Gaul at the St-Germain-en-Laye Museum, the Middle Ages in Provins, the Renaissance at the Château d'Écouen, the Great War at Meaux's museum (Musée de la Grande Guerre). Once you have taken in the attractions of Disneyland Paris, you will be delighted to remember that the region is also first and foremost a vast area of countryside, from Fontainebleau Forest, Vexin Nature Park and the Haute-Vallée de Chevreuse, to the bucolic riverbanks of the Marne and the Oise. Île-de-France certainly boasts a diverse hand.