Take a flight to Paris and discover the world's most romantic city

As France's largest airline, it's not surprising that Air France offers direct flights from Cape Town, Durban , Porth Elizabeth , Johannesburg to Paris . This city of over 12 million inhabitants can be reached by a flight of just under eleven hours from Johannesburg, making it a great choice for a European holiday. Thanks to the plethora of world-class museums, monuments and art galleries, Paris is most definitely an all-the-year-round destination, meaning that you have every chance of finding a great deal on airplane tickets at almost any time of the year. Close on thirty million visitors seem to agree, making Paris one of the world's most visited locations. France is part of the eurozone and the Schengen area, so be careful to check entry formalities before you go. Served by two main airports, Orly, which mostly services European flights, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle International airport, onward transport links into the capital are excellent and range from suburban trains to coaches. More information about Paris-Charles de Gaulle is available from Air France's dedicated flight & airport info section.
Paris is famed the world over as the perfect place for a romantic stay. Certain attractions stand out from the rest - the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame cathedral - but in actual fact, Paris' charm lies just as much in the elegant architecture of the shops and chic townhouses along its broad boulevards and the half-hidden squares and small parks that grace every corner of the city.

A stay in Paris is a feast for the palate as well as the eyes!

Paris is a centre of the arts in numerous ways. Many will head straight for the city's top galleries, such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou centre, as well as lesser-known gems like the city's own art collection, housed in the Petit Palais. There is a thriving theatre scene too, not to mention opera, ballet, live music and even stand-up comedy! However, if there is one thing Parisians take very seriously, it's food. Fine dining is just as important in Paris as it is in the rest of France, and the city boasts a large number of Michelin starred establishments. Paris has made its own contribution to French cuisine, with Parisian specialities ranging from onion soup to macarons. Paris is also justly famous for its café culture. Sample a patisserie, an espresso and sit back and enjoy a spot of people-watching - there are few better cities to engage in this past-time than the French capital! The Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots on Boulevard St Germain still exercise a particular fascination for their historic connections with Sartre, Hemingway and Picasso, amongst others. If you worry about overindulging your epicurean side, there's nothing to stop you exploring some of the beautiful countryside that lies just outside the city limits. Regional parks like the Vexin Français and the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse are dotted with quaint villages, woods and stunning pastoral landscapes. An extensive network of well-marked paths means that people of all walking abilities can come and enjoy the wonders of nature. Access by public transport, notably via the RER suburban rail system, is easier than you might think. Alternatively, you could hire a car .

Top Paris websites to help your holiday go without a hitch!

The following websites will be of particular help to you in planning your upcoming journey to Paris:
Bon voyage!