(Re)discover the districts around the Olympic sites
Instead of rushing to fit in as much sightseeing and shopping as possible between visiting parks and entertainment venues, why not try the district by district technique? This is a chance for visitors to take their time and explore the region in more depth. As for the locals, our tips may lead you to places near your home that you didn’t even know existed! And if you already know the Paris Region like the back of your hand, then the OPG are the perfect excuse to go exploring the Olympic sites. Make the most of your stay to explore the surroundings between the Olympic races and matches.
Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Hôtel des Invalides is one of the iconic sights of Paris. Surrounded by a multitude of other cultural sites, Les Invalides makes a good starting point for a fabulous stroll through history. After saying hello to Napoleon I, continue your visit of Paris with a tour of the Army Museum.
The OPG offer an extraordinary showcase for the heritage features of Paris. A place as important as Les Invalides simply has to be seen. On the esplanade, spectators will be able to watch the archery, para archery, athletics and road cycling competitions.
Roland-Garros has reigned in Auteuil since 1928 as a place of victories, international events and even birthday celebrations (14 times for Nadal). Various activities are available in the vicinity of the stadium. A walk in the great outdoors? A cultural visit or two? The choice is yours.
During Paris 2024, the Philippe-Chatrier, Simonne Mathieu and side courts will host 3 competitions, tennis, boxing and wheelchair tennis.
Saint-Denis, the famous home of the national stadium, the Stade de France, has a few other assets too, like its choice location in the Paris Region, its historic monuments and a lively neighbourhood spirit that looks set to evolve. Indeed, the aquatic centre built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will become another local venue some time after the event. It is destined to become a sports complex and a real venue and meeting place for the local people.
The Olympic and Paralympic competitions to be held in Saint-Denis will be split between two sites. The Stade de France will host the athletics, para-athletics and rugby. The artistic swimming, diving and water polo events will take place at the aquatic centre.
Porte de la Chapelle district
Porte de la Chapelle is one of the main road gateways into Paris. This site in the 18th arrondissement is also undergoing major transformation. During Paris 2024, the badminton, para badminton, rhythmic gymnastics and para weightlifting events will be held in the Arena built for the occasion. In the long term, the eco-designed site will become a familiar part of the district’s community life. In fact, the Paris Basketball club will take up residence here.
Parc des Princes district
Midway between the Bois de Boulogne and the river Seine, a stone’s throw from the centre of Boulogne-Billancourt, the Parc des Princes district is a place where sport rules. Footy fans are familiar with its stadium, home to the Paris Saint-Germain football club. So it’s no surprise that the venue is to host the OPG football matches.
La Défense district
La Défense is the world’s fourth most attractive business district. But traders aren’t the only people strolling between these tower blocks. Curious visitors come here to admire the architecture, highly original compared to the rest of the Île-de-France region, and perhaps to stroll in the many parks and gardens.
The district also boasts a sports arena. For 2024, Paris La Défense Arena, home of the Racing 92 rugby team, will put the oval ball aside and morph into an aquatic centre. Because this site is to host the swimming, para swimming and water polo events.
Le Bourget is famous for being the first area in Île-de-France to boast a civil airport, well before the opening of Orly airport. Nowadays it is home to the Air and Space museum. The town is also close to the Georges-Valbon Park which is very lively with various outdoor activities.
For Paris 2024, the sports complex of Le Bourget will host the sport climbing competition. This fairly new but highly appreciated discipline first featured in the Olympic Games of Tokyo. A few miles away, the North Paris Arena will host the boxing, modern pentathlon and sitting volleyball events.
Versailles needs no introduction, as its reputation goes way beyond the borders of France. The Palace has made the city of Versailles a key tourist site of the Paris Region. A tour of this royalty hotspot is enough to make you dizzy. The palace interior, the gardens, the park and the Trianon estate each take a while to explore if you want to savour every detail. But Versailles has much more to offer than just a palace. Be sure to allow time to visit the rest of the city which has a few surprises in store.
For Paris 2024, the “gardens of Versailles” will be even livelier than usual. The sound of hooves will echo through the groves. Indeed, the site is set to host the equestrian sports events, the para dressage competition and some of the modern pentathlon heats.
Eiffel Tower district
The Eiffel Tower is a focal point for tourists and anyone who has yet to become familiar with the city’s different districts. This icon of Paris and its spacious surroundings were an obvious choice of setting for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On the Champ-de-Mars, an open-air arena will be installed for the beach volleyball and blind football matches. A second, temporary facility, the Champ-de-Mars Arena will host the judo, para judo, wrestling and wheelchair rugby events.
On the opposite bank of the Seine, the Trocadero gardens will host the road cycling and athletics competitions. Multiple activities will also be available for those curious enough to give them a try.
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