12 June 2018


Before being re-attached to the city of Paris in 1860, Montmartre was an independent municipality which name comes from the old French “martre” which means “martyr”. The district is named after the martyr Saint-Denis (first bishop of Paris) who, victim of the anti-Christian persecutions, was beheaded on the hill. The legend says that Saint-Denis after being beheaded, would have got up, his head under the arm, and would have walked for 6km, given his head to a pious young person and collapsed at her feet.


Situated in the XVIIIth district of Paris, Montmartre village offers a magnificent panoramic view on Paris. With its authentic charming side streets, strewed with staircases and with old lampposts, Montmartre is also a vineyard , the windmills, like the Moulin de la Galette where Renoir came to paint outdoors, but also the Place du Tertre where caricaturists and watercolorists continuously are working and also the workshop of Picasso, the Bateau Lavoir.
Explore the legendary Parisian district of Montmartre during a walking tour of two hours and discover how the former suburb, formerly outside the jurisdiction of the city, was transformed from den of iniquity into a fashionable bohemian district. These alleys contain crazy stories and offer an exceptional point of view on the city.

Duration 2H

Meet your guide on the square Abbesses, just outside of the metro stop Abbesses (Line 12)

Scroll along the streets of Montmartre, your guide will tell you the story of this unique district of Paris, going back to the first centuries AD. Imagine Montmartre before it became part of the city: its mills, vineyards and cabarets and discover what’s left of this district, the Moulin de la Galette, the Vineyards and the Moulin Rouge. Look at the artists working on the charming Place du Tertre Hillock and discover the famous Bateau Lavoir, the workshop where the artists, as Picasso and Modigliani, lived in dirty conditions. Your stroll will lead you to the magnificent Sacré-Cœur Basilica inaugurated in 1919.

Follow your guide to know everything of the atypical history of this district, its surprising addresses, the colourful personalities who made it famous … but also its forgotten alleys and its charming village spirit. Montmartre is a real magic district.

  • Please note that this visit covers a distance of 3 km, please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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