Fontainebleau forest and castel, in the heart of Seine-et- Marne

Seine-et-Marne and its castles

The Seine-et-Marne department is a land of castles. With more than 45 buildings, the kings and the greatest sovereigns in French history built their homes here. This history has left behind an exceptional heritage which young and old will delight in discovering.

The best known is Fontainebleau Castle, located opposite the Hôtel de Londres. Dating from the 12th century and combining Renaissance and Classical styles, it will delight all history lovers. A key site in French history, it served as one of the homes of the French kings, from François I to Napoleon III.

Equally breathtaking, Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle was built by the greatest artists, such as Le Brun, Le Nôtre and Le Vau. And there is also Champs-sur-Marne Castle. Built in the 18th century, it is one of the most beautiful in France.

Fontainebleau golf course

If you want to improve your swing, pay a visit to Fontainebleau's 18-hole golf course. Offering varying levels of difficulty, the golfers play between the rocks, heather, broom and bunkers.

Take advantage of your stopover in Fontainebleau to discover the course designed in 1909 by the English architect Tom Simpson. Fontainebleau golf course is recognised as being one of the most beautiful and one of the oldest in Europe. It stands in the heart of Fontainebleau Forest, 800 metres from the town and just a 2-minute drive from the hotel. According to the season, a symphony of colours and fragrances are to be found there. The course is surrounded by different varieties of trees: pine, birch, wild cherry, beech, and ancient oaks.

Thanks to its sandy soil, the ground is supple and pleasant regardless of the weather conditions.

For further information: www.golfdefontainebleau.com

Walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing

Nature is all around you in Seine-et-Marne. With family or friends, discover the most beautiful forest in France on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. It covers 20,000 hectares and offers a variety of routes. Savour the joys of the great outdoors all the year round accompanied in the summer by a picnic and a swim.

And why not enjoy a spot of horse riding with the magnificent Grand Parquet site and the racing track? These facilities are the pride of Fontainebleau, now recognised as the horse capital. It even welcomes internationally renowned horse riding events.