Montmartre

The picturesque Montmartre hill rises above Paris, with its Sacré-Coeur basilica as the highest point in Paris (130 metres). It is one of Paris’ most iconic neighbourhoods. From Boris Vian and Jacques Prevert to Dalida and Woody Allen, artists from many generations sought inspiration in this village sitting above the rest of the city. Cobbled streets, hidden alleyways, vines-covered buildings, colourful houses and romantic cafés are what make Montmartre such a charming district to explore.

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Montmartre is a real village inside the city. If you can wander off the beaten track and popular touristy areas around the Sacre Coeur, you will discover the authentic Montmartre atmosphere, where residents all know one-another, creating a real village charm. However, when visiting the area of Montmartre, be aware that it can also be a real tourist trap in certain places. Getting off at the Blanche metro, for example, and walking up the hill, you’re unlikely to hear any Parisian accents. So don't be surprised by the fact that all the stores in the street leading to Montmartre, as well as the cafes and street vendors, are there solely to entice tourists into buying over-priced products and souvenirs! There are several ways to get to Montmartre, aside from the main tourist path, so think about your different options beforehand and check the public transport map, depending on where you want to go first. Once you’ve visited the famous Sacré Coeur (even though it is full of tourists, it is still a beautiful and impressive basilica), have a wander around the backstreets to discover some of the hidden secrets of Montmartre. Read more...

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Touristy area: the very definition of “tourist trap” around the Sacré Coeur and Place du Tertre, far less so when you duck into the backstreets

  • tourists
  • shop keepers
  • families
  • elderly people

Main Metro Stations :
  • Blanche (line 2)
  • Pigalle (line 2, 12)
  • Abbesses (line 12)
  • Lamarck (line 12)
Montmartrebus 

  • Sacré Coeur
  • Clos de Montmartre
  • Rue de L'Abreuvoir
  • Jardins Renoir
  • Place Dalida

A village inside the city

History

Objects found by archaeologists suggest that Montmartre's history goes all the way back to the 2nd century. It was religion which, over the centuries, brought Montmartre into being. The “Miracles of Saint Denis” text explains how the bishop Denis managed to walk down the Montmartre hill, holding his head after being decapitated. Louis VI, (King of France from 1108 to 1137), built the church of Saint-Pierre in 1134 (which still remains to this day, making it the oldest church in Paris). For 600 years, the Montmartre village grew up around the different abbeys, churches and monasteries in the area. Read more...

Who you'll find there

Montmartre's population mostly consists of wealthy to middle-class families, students, young professionals and elderly people. The throngs of tourists are here all year round, but you will also come across students and young couples on nice sunny days, sitting on the grass in front of the Sacré-Coeur enjoying the breathtaking view of Paris. Read more...