Montmartre, a mythical world-famous hill

Montmartre, a mythical world-famous hill

When I say “Butte Montmartre”, what words spring to mind? Sacré-Coeur Basilica? Art? Celebrations and cabarets? It’s hard to explore Paris without coming across its prestigious hill. Up until the 18th century, ¾ of Montmartre was covered with grapevines. Its period of artistic and festive profusion began in 1870. Illustrious painters lived and worked in Montmartre, including Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Douanier Rousseau, and the list goes on. For a century now, anywhere between 100 and 150 caricaturists have been plying their trade on Place du Tertre. Their prices may vary from €30 to €80, depending on the technique employed. I recommend the Nocturnals, late openings each Thursday in summer beginning at 6 pm, at the Museum of Montmartre. After touring the museum, you can enjoy a glass of wine in the charming Renoir Gardens while admiring the fantastic view of the Clos-Montmartre grapevines, all for the price of €16. From the Acacias Etoile, it takes about 30 minutes to get there (Metro Line 2, from the Ternes station to Anvers).

© Paris Tourist Office – Photographe : Sarah Sergent

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