Beehives on the roofs of Paris
Your Hotel Monte Cristo is situated in one of the most prestigious areas of Paris, the 5th arrondissement. Although just a few minutes from famous sites such as the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Sorbonne and the Pantheon, our hotel is also conveniently sited for discovering lesser-known places of interest such as the charming streets of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève or the Gobelins quarter. And, speaking of the more esoteric aspects of Paris, do you know about the city’s beehives?
Our pollinating pals on the rooftops of Paris
One of the upsides of lockdown was the opportunity it gave us to rediscover the richness of biodiversity in the very heart of the city. Paris used to be criticised for its lack of greenery. Today, the situation has changed considerably and there’s now a wealth of natural spaces even within the most urbanised districts. One of the results of this embracing of nature by the capital is the installation of nearly 2,000 beehives on the roofs of Paris!
Honey of a very high quality
The beehives placed on the roofs of the National Assembly, the Palais Garnier and the Palais de Tokyo provide exceptional honey. That’s because, contrary to what one might think, Paris offers a very wide variety of flowers to bees throughout the year. The honey resulting from this is therefore a true thousand flower kind. In addition, no pesticides or fertilisers are used, thus guaranteeing the purity and richness of this healthy and beneficial foodstuff. Some apiaries welcome visitors, and honey festivals take place every year, for example in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Check out the world of Parisian beekeeping during your stay at the Hotel Monte Cristo!
Bees are not discouraged by the Parisian hustle and bustle, but find in the gardens, parks and other green spaces of our beautiful city plenty of resources to enable them to produce exceptional honey.
Hotel Monte Cristo Paris, a 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of the 5th arrondissement