Discover the magnificent forest of Fontainebleau in France

A green haven of peace one hour from Paris

Imagine yourself less than an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Paris, a green oasis of calm and nature stretching out before you. Welcome to the Fontainebleau forest, a natural space of more than 25,000 hectares. This place isn’t just a haven for city dwellers looking to breathe; it is also steeped in history, having been the favored hunting residence of the kings of France.

Activities and leisure for all tastes

The Fontainebleau forest offers a wealth of activities for all outdoor enthusiasts. 🚶‍♂️You can embark on one of the many hikes offered on more than 400 km of trails. For fans of cycling or horse riding, special routes are also provided. And for those looking for a bit of adrenaline, why not try rock climbing at one of the forest’s many famous sites?

  • Hiking
  • Mountain bike
  • Horse riding
  • Escalation

A cradle of artistic inspiration

Beyond its natural landscapes, Fontainebleau has also been a muse for many artists over the centuries. From painters such as Corot and Millet to writers like Victor Hugo, the forest has served as the backdrop for many major works. The small village of Barbizon, nearby, is particularly famous for its school of painting which influenced the Impressionist movement.

Explorations around Fontainebleau

The adventure does not stop at the edges of the forest. The region around Fontainebleau is overflowing with historical and cultural riches. Don’t miss visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, an architectural gem which was the home of François I. Other nearby points of interest include:

  • The medieval village of Moret-sur-Loing
  • The historic town of Provins, listed by UNESCO
  • The castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte

Why consider a visit?

Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover or simply looking for a place to relax far from the urban hustle and bustle, the Fontainebleau forest offers an unrivaled beautiful escape. Between outdoor activities, cultural riches and positive impacts on health thanks to silvotherapy – therapeutic forest baths, this destination is a must to put on your list. 🌳✨