A legendary location nicknamed the “painters’ village”, this was where the Barbizon school was born. The most illustrious representatives of this school were Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet (The Angelus). Visit the town’s main road and museums to discover the work of Barbizon’s painters. The perfect place for a walk on a beautiful summer Sunday.
Official website : Barbizon, the painters’ village
Covering 25,000 hectares, Fontainebleau Forest remains an utter joy for nature enthusiasts thanks to its extremely dense and diverse flora and fauna. It offers more than 1600 km of forest roads and walking trails for hikers to enjoy, 300 km of which are marked. There are various activities available, including climbing, hiking, horse riding and cycling.
Maps, trails and hikes : Fontainebleau Forest
With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 hectares of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial chateau to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. A visit to Fontainebleau opens up an unparalleled view of French history, art history and architecture.
Official website : Château de Fontainebleau
Candlelit evening 2017: rediscover the softness of the candlelit evenings and the brightness of a new fireworks!
Every Saturday evening from May 6 to October 7, 2017, visitors may experience the 17th century château and its Jardins à la française by the flickering lights of 2 000 candles. An enchanting and romantic evening that will give visitors a new perspective on the estate.
Official website : Vaux Le Vicomte Castle
“A village with a grandiose castle”
The small village of Courances owes its fame to its castle Louis XIII classified Historic Monuments as well as its garden, considered the most beautiful example of Renaissance water garden: 14 springs, 17 pieces of water. The ubiquity of water, vegetation and stone in this landscape dating from the XVIth century constitutes a unique spectacle.
Official website :Courances Castle
Jean Cocteau House
« C’est la maison qui m’attendait. J’en habite le refuge, loin des sonnettes du Palais-Royal. Elle me donne l’exemple de l’absurde entêtement magnifique des végétaux. J’y retrouve les souvenirs de campagnes anciennes où je rêvais de Paris comme je rêvais plus tard, à Paris, de prendre la fuite. L’eau des douves et le soleil peignent sur les parois de ma chambre leurs faux marbres mobiles. Le printemps jubile partout. »
Jean Cocteau – La Difficulté d’être
Official website : Cocteau House
The Saint‑Blaise des Simples Chapel – Milly‑la‑Forêt
Built in the 12th century in Milly-la-Forêt, it is the last witness of what used to be a lazaret.
Decorated by Jean Cocteau, for whom it also became his grave, it is surrounded by a botanical garden with a variety of medicinal plants.Official website : Saint Blaise Chapel
This extremely rich opus encompasses four art movements: Dada, Nouveau Réalisme (new realism), Kinetic Art and Art brut. Swiss artist Jean Tinguely’s Le Cyclop, also known as “The Head” or “The Monster in the Forest”, is a unique monument in the history of contemporary art.
Official website : Cyclop
An extraordinary French site devoted to conserving, producing and promoting useful plants, the National Conservatory of Medicinal, Aromatic and Industrial Plants (Conservatoire National des Plantes à Parfum, Médicinales, Aromatiques et Industrielles, CNPMAI) invites you to come and discover the fabulous odyssey of plant life. A fun botanical stroll both inside and outside !
Official website : CNPMAI
Much more than just an equestrian arena, Grand Parquet has become the gateway to a unique natural experience with humans, nature and animals in perfect harmony.
Official website : Grand Parquet
Official website : Arbonne Equitation
Official website : Fontainebleau Bike Rental
Thanks to its location within Fontainebleau forest, this golf course on sandy ground can be played in all weathers. The fairways are narrow and bordered with heathland roughs. Fontainebleau does not offer any water obstacles, but there are 102 bunkers for you to elude. Indisputably one of the prettiest courses in France.
Official website : Fontainebleau Golf Club
Transformed and renovated over the centuries, the Château de Cély estate offers a clubhouse (consisting of a reception area, bar, and the L’Emeraude restaurant). As well as an 18-hole course, Exclusiv’ Golf at Château de Cély has a 12-station practice area which is partially covered. Able to perfectly accommodate all golfers, this area allows you to practice and improve your rhythm whilst working on specific technical moves.
Official website : Cély Golf Club