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Fontainebleau, just under 40 miles south of Paris, is the perfect destination for a break combining relaxation and discovery. With history, culture and the great outdoors, you won't have time to get bored!

Obviously, Fontainebleau is famous for its chateau and its forest. Lovers of history and the great outdoors will be delighted. But the town and the surrounding area are also full of other surprises.

You can start your visit in the town centre and discover the town's history and its heritage by following the historic sandstone route. Fontainebleau will dazzle you with its charming squares, such as Place d’Armes, Place du Marché with the Église Saint-Louis, and Place du Général de Gaulle, which leads straight to the chateau via the "Cour des Adieux", as immortalised by Napoleon.

You can then start exploring the Palace of Fontainebleau. “The true home of kings, the house of ages” as Napoleon described it, can be explored with a tour of the Grands Appartements, the ballroom, the Francis I gallery and the throne room. Discover the luxurious living environment of the 34 sovereigns who have lived there. Several additional tours are also on offer, or you can simply admire the architecture, inspired by Italian palaces, as commissioned by Francis I when construction began in 1528.

It would be a shame not to explore the forest of Fontainebleau. Spread over 25,000 hectares, it is a sheer delight for nature lovers, with an abundant diversity of wildlife and plant life. A number of hiking trails are also available for visitors, some of which start in the town centre, and it's also a popular spot with climbing enthusiasts, owing to its rocky and sometimes rugged terrain.

But Fontainebleau's appeal doesn't end there. Did you know that it was also the equestrian capital? The town has impressive facilities, such as the Grand Parquet and the Hippodrome de la Solle, and hosts major equestrian events. You can also explore the surrounding area, like Barbizon, which is famous for having inspired the first Impressionist painters, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Samois-sur-Seine, which hosts the Django Reinhardt festival.

There are several options for travelling to Fontainebleau: Fontainebleau-Avon train station is on the Paris-Lyon line, and the town is also easy to get to by car. For those who prefer to fly, Roissy and Orly airports are within easy reach of Fontainebleau, with transfers by public transport or by car.

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Top hotels in Fontainebleau

Hôtel Aigle Noir
Hôtel Aigle Noir
4 out of 5
The price is £126 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in the heart of Fontainebleau, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Forêt de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf Club ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (309 reviews)

"Staff were friendly and helpful. Convenient location near multiple parking lots"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Hôtel Aigle Noir
Campanile Fontainebleau
Campanile Fontainebleau
17 - 19 Boulevard Magenta, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne
The price is £94 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Situated in Fontainebleau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chateau de Fontainebleau and Forêt de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf Club and Bois-le-Roi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (69 reviews)
Empfehlung gerade neben dem Schloss

"Sehr gutes Hotel mit eigenem Parkplatz gerade beim Schloss. Super nettes und hilfsbereites Personal. Sehr zu empfehlen. Coole Restaurants gerade neben Hotel."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Campanile Fontainebleau
Le Clos Saint Honoré
Le Clos Saint Honoré
11 rue st honore, Fontainebleau
The price is £96 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Situated near the boardwalk, this spa guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Forêt de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf Club and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (36 reviews)

"Great breakfast "buffet" was our choice. Very nice owner and workers there. Only issue you find pretty much anywhere in France is no shelf in shower to put anything and no English speaking TV stations."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Le Clos Saint Honoré
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Fontainebleau

Residence Abricot
Residence Abricot
19 Boulevard Crevat Durant, Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne

Situated in Fontainebleau, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Forêt de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf Club is 2 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Séjour super agréable

"Belle résidence très agréable calme à 2 min de la forêt belle terrasse ensoleillée dès le matin"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2020

Residence Abricot
Townhouse Like a Loft
Townhouse Like a Loft
8 Rue de Neuville, Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France
The price is £736 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Located in the heart of Fontainebleau, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Forêt de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Séjour enchanteur !

"Un logement parfait pour un séjour à Fontainebleau. Spacieux, design, bien équipé avec un balcon idéal pour profiter du soleil. Rue calme et proche du centre."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Townhouse Like a Loft
Downtown Fontainebleau 10 Minutes From the Chateau
Downtown Fontainebleau 10 Minutes From the Chateau
Fontainebleau, Ile-de-France
The price is £81 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

Located in the heart of Fontainebleau, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Forêt de Fontainebleau and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau Golf ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
Logement très sympa et propre

"ce petit logement est très bien agencé et bien situé pour un petit séjour."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2020

Downtown Fontainebleau 10 Minutes From the Chateau
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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