Capital region par excellence (it has eight departments), Ile-de-France is full of surprises!
From Lutetia to the gradual construction of the Grand Paris, through the emergence of new towns, Ile-de-France has been, and still is, the setting for the most decisive hours in the country s history. You will therefore find an abundance of monuments (the castles of Versailles or Vaux-le-Vicomte...), places listed as national and world heritage sites (Saint-Denis basilica, Arc de Triomphe...), museums (Louvre museum, Centre Pompidou...). As a cultural and intellectual metropolis, Ile-de-France is also the economic lung of the country, accounting alone for nearly a third of the national gross domestic product: the La Défense business district, for example, is a perfect example of this. And contrary to popular belief, the region is essentially green and has many forests (the Fontainebleau forest comes to mind). Ile-de-France today has more than 12 million inhabitants, or a fifth of the population of mainland France. The offer in terms of culture, leisure activities (Disneyland Paris) and sports (Stade de France, Roland Garros...) is therefore also very important to satisfy the entire population of Ile-de-France. In short, from Montreuil to Versailles, via Neuilly-sur-Seine, Cergy-le-Haut and, of course, Paris, Ile-de-France is the region of all possibilities and excesses!