Destination guide

Seine-Saint-Denis: seeing Paris off the beaten path

Most destination guides to Paris will list off places like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre as attractions you mustn't miss while you're at this ancient French capital. However, few of them will mention locales like Seine-Saint-Denis. Yet Seine-Saint-Denis is exactly the kind of place you should see if you want to experience Paris the way its denizens do. This French department northeast of Paris is a working-class neighborhood with a long history worth knowing. Booking Seine-Saint-Denis vacation rentals will let you discover this borough that was once home to French kings.

Things to do

The Basilica of Saint Denis: the first Gothic church

A prominent landmark in Seine-Saint-Denis is the Basilica of Saint Denis, the first Gothic cathedral. It's dedicated to Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris who was martyred by beheading. According to legend, Saint Denis carried his own severed head to the current site of the church and pointed to it, indicating where he wished to be buried. Though desecrated in the French Revolution and damaged by the elements, the Basilica remains a wonder to behold. In its crypts rest the French kings all the way back to Clovis I.


Where kings come to rest

Seine-Saint-Denis enjoyed some prominence in medieval times. The kings of France lived there and were buried at Basilica of Saint Denis. The fall of the French monarchy means you won't be sighting any French royal while visiting Seine-Saint-Denis, but you can always enjoy a shopping trip to the flea markets, a football or rugby game at Stade de France, or a stroll through Parc de la Villette. You can also tour the numerous museums in the neighborhood or visit art galleries. Seine-Saint-Denis vacation rentals will put you in the center of the action there.


It's always umbrella weather in Paris

You can't always predict the rain in Paris. It rains more frequently in winter, but it rains more heavily in summer. In spring and autumn, the combination of clouds, cold temperatures, and rain can deter any plans for outdoor jaunts. Don't be discouraged, though—as long as you have an umbrella or raincoat, you can enjoy a day outdoors. Paris can get busy from May to July, so make sure you've got your Seine-Saint-Denis vacation rentals locked down if you're visiting on those months.

Natural features

So you've probably heard the rumor

For those in the know, Seine-Saint-Denis is a gritty, vibrant suburb of Paris with a strong multicultural vibe. And thanks to urban renewal projects, Seine-Saint-Denis is on the up. You can tour this urban jungle and see architectural contrasts between heritage buildings like the Basilica of Saint Denis and more modern edifices like La Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie. A stroll through urban parks like Parc de la Villette or a cruise down the Canal de l'Ourcq will help you appreciate what this place has to offer.

Where to stay around Seine-Saint-Denis?

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What are the main cities to discover in Seine-Saint-Denis?

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Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Seine-Saint-Denis?

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Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Seine-Saint-Denis?

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