The small commune of Provins just outside of Paris is beautiful medieval town that was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001. This guide tells you what you need to know to enjoy your visit to Provins, France.
Provins Hotel and Accommodation
Despite its beautiful historic buildings and proximity to Paris, Provins only has a handful of hotels to choose from. If you want to expereince the romance of France, then the beautiful Hostellerie Aux Vieux Remparts Hotel Provins ticks all the boxes (from £118/night), as does the 4 star Maison d’hôtes Stella Cadente Hotel Provins
For a more affordable but less characterful Provins Hotels then there is also an Ibis Hotel on the edge of town (from £57/night) and a very cheap Hotel Formule1 on the industrial estate next to the dual carriage way. Whatever you’re budget, we’ll help you find the best France Hotel Deals.
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Things to do in Provins
The main attractions in Provins are its historic buildings, particularly the medieval fortifications including the famous Tour Cesar (Ceasar Tower) and the ancient but well preserved city walls. There is also the Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church with its impressive dome which towers over the town from the hill top.
The town has over 50 listed monuments and a lovely old town centre with the traditional French shops, cafes and restaura
nts that you’d expect, making it an excellent place to stay over for a day or two, either as a trip out from Paris or as a pleasant overnight break on your journey to or from the capital of France, Paris.
Where to Eat
There are a number of French restaurants in Provins, but some are much better than others. To taste something really unique and delicious you should head over to Maurie Gateaux with its speciality desserts, or for excellent food at a bargain price try Le Petit Ecu where you can enjoy eating the 4 course medieval menu for just 15Euros.
The Hostellerie Aux Vieux Remparts also has an excellent restaurant with outdoor eating area to enjoy in the warmer months.
When to Go
The medieval charm of Provins can be enjoyed at any time of the year. You’ll probably enjoy your visit most in the summer when you can enjoy eating and drinking outdoors in the cafes and restaurants, and unlike many places you needn’t worry too much about overcrowding in the summer months as its slightly off the main tourist trail.
If you’re looking to stay on the North side of Paris, check out our Beauvais Hotels Guide for great deals close to the airport.