Once upon a time there was a hill covered with vineyards and vine-covered thatch-roof abodes and...some forty windmills. The village looking down upon the city of lights was annexed by that city in 1860, but never entirely lost its village charm. Painters and poets flocked there up until the great war: Renoir, Apollinaire, Utrillo, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Picasso. Still today, with millions of tourists flowing through the Sacre-Coeur and the Place de Tertre, Montmartre remains something of a secret hideaway for those who take the time to explore its thousands of steps and cobble-stone streets. Paris is the most visited city in the world, and Montmartre is likely the most visited village.