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Beauvais is a small cathedral city in Picardy, northern France. The city’s history stretches back to Roman times and it’s known for having many pleasant green spaces. It’s a great location for exploring destinations like Paris,Chantilly,Versailles and Amiens by hire car.
If you’re arriving at Beauvais-Tille Airport then it’s a three-mile drive by rental car into the city. En route you could visit the impressive 11th century Saint Pierre Cathedral, which has stained glass windows and an astronomical clock.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Enterprise, Sixt and Alamo. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
Beauvais is renowned for its greenery and gardens, and was honoured with a ‘Town in Bloom’ award. Highlights of the city include the Museum of the Oise Department, which is a former bishop's palace of 12th century origin, and Parc Marcel Dassault, a family-friendly park with a rose garden, farm animals, an orchard and play areas.
Paris,, France’s enchanting and endlessly fascinating capital, is a 53-mile drive by rental car from Beauvais. There you can visit popular tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre, the Champs Elysées and Montmartre. You can also enjoy what’s arguably the world’s best restaurant scene, or simply stroll along the river Seine to take in the sight of pleasure boats and watch pavement artists at work.
A 62-mile drive away is the sumptuous Palace of Versailles, former home of the French royal family. The palace is situated southwest of Paris and is at the centre of a cluster of fine buildings that were once the seat of the French government. Highlights include a sweeping central gallery known as the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel of the Palace of Versailles with its frescoed ceiling, and Petit Trianon, a small chateau in the grounds. The palace is surrounded by the finely manicured Gardens of Versailles.
If you’re visiting Paris by rental car then bear in mind that traffic in the city can be hectic and parking can also be difficult, so aim to travel during quieter times. Remember that France is right-hand drive. In France, it’s a legal requirement to carry one high-visibility vest per person inside your car’s passenger compartment in case of a breakdown. It’s worth checking with rental car providers to see if they include this.
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