Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a sight to see in Paris. Not only is it a beautifully historic building, it also offers spectacular views of the city. The hike up makes it worth having a snack and taking a break.
You can take the metro as close as you can, yet do enjoy the winding walk that will take you about 20-25 minutes to reach the top.
If you like people watching, this is the place. Turn your jacket inside out and take a seat. Sit back and relax, take in the bright sunny sky and just watch. You’ll see locals eating lunch, meeting friends, or tourists taking 372 selfies only to then ask a local to take a pic for them.
Or you could just stare out at the city scape and imagine what it would be like to live in Paris full time. For us, not enough green space, though.
The added bonus of walking all the way to the top – the market. Paintings and more paintings. Don’t fall victim to the painters who are aggressive and will pull you aside only to offer you the unique opportunity for them to paint you. We dodged a few and got nasty comments for not taking part in a true Paris experience. The thing is, do what you like – yet I’m not one for a painted portrait. No thank you.
Sacré-Cœur Basilica itself, though, is worth the trip all on it’s own. The Roman Catholic church is breathtaking.
Look at the detail!
All in all, worth visiting. If you’ve got a couple of hours and the day is warm, enjoy the walk and the sights. And, if you’re an avid church goer, then know that this is an active church with mass 4 times a day and 5 on Fridays.
Thanks for visiting and happy travelling!