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Montmartre

A vibrant and artistic neighbourhood once home to Renoir and Gauguin, offering spectacular views over the city.

TravelCurious Tip

Remember that the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which should be visited at the end, sits on the crest of the hill, so as long as you are heading uphill there is little possibility of being lost for long.

Artists gather

Today Montmartre is talked about by Parisians the way New Yorkers talk about ‘the Village’: ‘it's not what it used to be,’ ‘it's like Disneyland,’ ‘the artists can't afford to live here’ are some common complaints. But in truth, most of the great bohemians left after the outbreak of World War I.

During what is referred to as the Belle Époque, many notable artists lived and worked in Montmartre from 1872 to 1914, where the rents were low and the atmosphere congenial to expression. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo all shared the same address at different times - 12 rue Cartot - which is now the Musée de Montmartre. Renoir's famous windmill, the Moulin de la Galette, is at the top of the district.

Picasso painted one of his most important masterpieces, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, whilst living here; Vincent van Gogh, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Henri Matisse and Edgar Degas all worked in Montmartre and drew some inspiration from the area.

Keep it interesting

Montmartre still has a great feel, and is also home to two notable churches that are both well worth seeing: the Sacré-Coeur and Saint-Pierre de Montmartre. The district's high altitude - though not quite the mountain its name suggests, it is certainly quite a hill - offers views over Paris rivalled only by the Eiffel Tower.

Start your tour at metro Blanche and gradually enter the district on a pilgrimage into the place that nurtured France's great artists. Try to lose yourself in the steep and cobbled streets of one of the most historic and interesting neighbourhoods in Paris.


Nearby Attractions

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Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
An unsung gem of a medieval church, Saint-Pierre started life in the 12th century as a renowned women's monastery.
Moulin de la Galette
A windmill in the historic Montmartre district that has been immortalised in works by Renoir and Van Gogh.
Local artisan bakeries
Montmartre's pastry chefs and bakers are amongst the best in the world - and some of the best shops are hidden in plain sight.
Hearty brunch
Sit down with new friends and the bistro's local owner to indulge in a hearty, local brunch.
'I love you wall' Paris
A 40 square metres love-themed wall located in the romantic garden of the Square Jehan Rictus in Montmartre.
Bateau Lavoir
From 1889 the "Bateau-Lavoir" was the most famous place for artistic creation in the heart of Montmartre. A place to live and discuss for many painters, writers, actors and art sellers.

Related Tours

Private Bohemian Montmartre Walking Tour: Home of the Artists
Uncover the history and art of a quintessentially Parisian neighbourhood on this walking tour. 

  • Explore bohemian Montmartre, the home of world-renowned artists, including Picasso and Renoir.
  • See the Sacré-Coeur (external only), Van Gogh’s former home, and the city's last vineyard.
  • See the home of the Moulin Rouge.
  • Experience some of the best panoramic views of Paris from the top of the hill.
  • Enjoy a tasty local treat from a french pâtisserie!

Bohemian Paris

In this fascinating walking tour of Montmartre, you will be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring this unique enclave of the city. You will see first hand where some of the world’s most influential painters including Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh, lived and worked on this beautiful hill towering above Paris. 

You will also have the pleasure of discovering the windmills and many monuments for which this area is famous. A highlight undoubtedly will be paying a visit to the famous  the Moulin Rouge, as well as traversing the highest point in Paris at the gleaming white Sacré-Cœur Basilica. 

Sacré-Cœur: Worship and War

Built in the 19th century in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the chaotic Paris Commune, the Sacré-Cœur emerged to become a symbol of the struggle between the conservative Catholic establishment and the secular republic radicals. Your expert city guide will explain the complex history of Montmartre, a place of devout worship spanning from the Druids of ancient Gaul right up to today. Make sure you have your camera as you are sure to be rewarded by a spectacular picture-perfect view of Paris below.
VIP Paris: Explore Paris in Half a Day by Private Car Tour
Experience Paris’ key sights and neighbourhoods on this relaxing private car tour. With your own guide and car, you will have the flexibility to focus on the things that you find most interesting. Stop off at your leisure and enjoy your tour in comfort without worrying about the weather or the queues. 

  • See the best that Paris has to offer with your own private car and expert guide.
  • Cruise past Champs ElyséesPlace de la Concorde and Notre Dame.
  • See the Arc de TriompheOpera GarnierPlace Venôme and the Musée d’Orsay.
  • Stop off at Dôme des Invalides and see Napoleon’s tomb.
  • Stop by the Louvre (outside) and get the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • End your tour with a wander through bohemian, picturesque Montmartre.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off from a place of your choice.
Start at the iconic Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who fought and died during the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and visit the Champs Elysées (end-point of Tour de France) and Opera Garnier (‘Phantom of the Opera’.) Next, see Place Vendôme (featuring a monument to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805), Place de la Concorde (the largest square in the city), the famous Louvre museum and the beautiful Musée d’Orsay, before visiting Napoleon’s tomb. Explore the wonders of the Latin Quarter and stand in awe of the gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame CathedralTake in the outside beauty of Sainte Chapelle (featuring the most impressive stain glass windows in the world). Then, visit the quintessentially French Trocadero where you will have the opportunity to snap some beautiful photos and catch some great views of the world famous Eiffel Tower.

To conclude this epic tour of the great city of Paris you will take a short walk to Montmartre: one of the most colourful and bohemian neighbourhoods, where you will learn more about the fascinating life and works of Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, all of whom lived and worked here. The perfect way to experience the city if you have limited time, and also a great way to find out what to focus on for the rest of your trip. 

Tours can be adapted to suit your needs and interests, just get in contact with us!
Private Montmartre Walking Tour at Night with Wine at a Local Bistro
Experience the city of lights at its best on this evening walking tour of Montmartre.  

  • Explore bohemian Montmartre at its prime time and get a sense of the lives of world-renowned artists, including Picasso and Renoir.
  • See the the Moulin Rouge, Van Gogh’s former home, and the city's last vineyard.
  • Admire the views over the sparkling city from Sacré-Coeur
  • End the tour in a French Bistro with a glass of wine. 

Once a countryside village at the edge of Paris with roots dating back to the Roman Empire, from the second half of the XIX century the hill of Montmartre became home to many of the world’s leading artists.

Strolling around the cobblestone streets of the neighbourhood, you will find out where Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso lived, and the locations that inspired some of their most famous masterpieces, such as the Moulin Rouge and the Moulin de la Galette.

Your local guide will expertly navigate the winding narrow streets as you step off the beaten path and explore this charming neighbourhood. You will also visit some of the more unusual places, like the area's very own vineyard! 

After admiring the breathtaking views over Paris from the hills' highest point, Sacré-Cœur, sit down for a glass of wine in your guide's favourite local haunt!
Montmartre Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will learn first-hand what locals love about Paris from someone who knows the place inside-out. You will see first hand where some of the world’s most influential painters including Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh, lived and worked on this beautiful hill towering above Paris. You will virtually travel to Montmartre where you will:

  • Experience some of the best panoramic views of Paris from the top of the hill.
  • Wander down the streets where Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh each called home for a season. 
  • Learn the neighbourhood contextual backstories and rumours which bring Paris’ Montmartre district to life.
  • Be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring this unique enclave of the city.
  • Be explained the complex history of Montmartre, a place of devout worship spanning from the Druids of ancient Gaul right up to today. 
  • See the  Sacré-Cœur, which was built in the 19th century in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the chaotic Paris Commune. It emerged to become a symbol of the struggle between the conservative Catholic establishment and the secular republic radicals. 
Be immersed in Paris' most bohemian and intriguing neighbourhood, whilst exploring a thoroughly unique enclave of the city. Discover the windmills, cabarets, and many monuments for which this area is famous. Enjoy the neighbourhood which encompasses the artistry, history, and beauty that the capital has to offer.

Private: Paris Highlights Walking tour & River Cruise
Enjoy a three-hour private walking tour of Paris, and explore the highlights of the French capital, finishing with a river cruise of the idyllic Seine. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your guide by the famed Sacré-Cœur church and spectacular viewpoint over Paris.
  • See the best of Paris from Montmartre to Notre Dame, including the Moulin Rouge, the Centre Pompidou, and Île de la Cité.
  • Visit Le Marais neighbourhood, Hotel de Ville, Palais de Justice de Paris (Conciergerie), Place Dauphine and the Pont Neuf.
  • Travel like a local – your guide will teach you all the tricks to taking the Paris Metro.
  • Enjoy complimentary river cruise tickets, which you can use at the end of your tour or even the next day. 

Start your tour immersed in one of the city’s most intriguing and bohemian neighbourhoods – an enclave of famous painters and artists, Montmartre. Then hop aboard the iconic Metro, where your guide will teach you all the tips and tricks for navigating it during your stay in Paris. 

Marvel at the famous Centre Pompidou building, described by its architect Renzo Piano as a "huge spaceship made of glass", and stroll through Le Marais neighbourhood, once the city's Jewish quarter, the area is today filled with hip boutiques, galleries, and cafes. 

Visit one of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, which is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, as she undergoes a renovation from the 2019 fire. 

Your tour finishes at Pont Neuf, where your guide will give you tickets to join a one hour river cruise that will take you past the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. These tickets can be used any time, any day during your stay in Paris. 
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