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The northern section of this loop will lead you to three prestigious historic sites, from the banks of the Seine River on the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest to the Ancoeur Valley and its two fascinating châteaux: Blandy-les-Tours Castle with its medieval military architecture and sumptuous Vaux-le-Vicomte with its French formal garden. You’ll also admire picturesque villages and verdant landscapes of forests and fields.
However, please do be careful crossing certain heavily used roads, especially if cycling with children! This first northern section of the discovery loop is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
The southern section of the “Three Châteaux Loop” will take you from Bois-le-Roi to Fontainebleau and its famous château, the former residence of French monarchs, for a sylvan excursion passing through the painters’ village of Barbizon before returning to Bois-le-Roi. The loop takes advantage of dedicated greenways passing through the forest for peaceful peddling.
This southern section is well suited to younger cyclists, but certain portions are not tarred/paved.
Safety instructions and good practices: - Respect the French highway code and remain vigilant on and near all roads, particularly at intersections and when crossing départementales (secondary roads) and passing over bridges. To that end, carefully read the guide provided for each itinerary. - Wear a properly fitting helmet. At night and in bad weather, wear a fluorescent vest with reflective bands and carry a proper torch/flashlight. - Restrictions for children under 12: make sure that the loop you want to follow is well suited to your children. - After every picnic, leave no trash behind, and respect the wild flora and fauna. - Prior to departure, make sure that your smartphone or tablet is sufficiently charged. Consider taking along a charger. - If you happen to notice any anomaly while following an itinerary, please don’t hesitate to write us! We value all such observations and remarks.
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Situated between the river banks of the Seine and the forest of Fontainebleau, the leisure center has a lot to offer to the whole family: a real heaven of nature and 73 hectares of green grounds, an 8 hectare lake and a various choice of leisure activities. A nice setting for relaxation !
The accomodation centre of the leisure centre of Bois-le-Roi has 166 beds divided in three buildings and 73 beds in caravans. "Le château"- accomodation for groups or for sport courses with 44 beds in multiple rooms.
A quiet, friendly three-star campsite close to the main tourist attractions of the southern part of the Paris region... A star under the Melun sky!
"A la Petite Reine", located in Fontainebleau for more than 30 years, offers you a wide range of bicycles for rent or for purchase to ride in the forest or along the Seine.
Welcome to the landscape painter’s village at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest. This charming village between fields and forest was a homestead to many painters who made the place famous throughout the world.
Blandy-les-Tours is a medieval fortress last one left as well restaured in the Ile-de-France region.
UNESCO World Heritage
The Château de Fontainebleau is a big part of French history! This vast building, in both classical and Renaissance style, is not only famous for witnessing Napoleon's imperial adventure.
This 17th century masterpiece combines the genius of three highly talented artists brought together by Nicolas Fouquet: the architect, Louis Le Vau, the decorator, Charles Le Brun, and the landscape architect André Le Nôtre.
Situated in a rural village, this gallery is dedicated to photography and run by photographers.
English-style gardens French-style gardens Remarkable garden
In the 130 hectacres of garden , you can see the evolution of the art of the garden illustrated by the Great Flowerbed ("Grand Parterre") , French-style garden designed by Le Notre, the Carp Pond, the English garden, created under the first Empire, the Garden of Diana ("La jardin de Diane"), the Park , the 1200m canal ... Remarkable trees, Diana's Fountain, the Park, exotic essences, the English river ...
Italian restaurant. Wide selection of pasta, pizzas, salads and meats. Eat-in or take away.
listed (CMN) 10th C 12th C 15th C 16th C
Saint-Sauveur priory is one of Melun's oldest monuments. Its remains were added to the historical monuments list in 1946.
The house of the painter, the star of the Barbizon school. In his Workshop , Millet created his greatest masterpieces, such as "The Angelus" or "The Gleaners" ("Les Glaneuses"). This place, which has kept most of it's outer appearance from the 19th century, holds many of the master's items, and original paintings from his contemporaries.
Musée de France Municipal museum
Located in the Vicountcy House, a 16th century home that belonged to Nicolas Fouquet, the Melun museum was created in 1860.
Musée de France
For the first time ever, the Gendarmerie Nationale Museum puts its heritage on display to the general public. A rich collection as diverse as it is plentiful, to immerse the visitor in the past of this institution (duties, lifestyle, resources, etc.).
Listed and monitored by the DMF Musée de France
It is difficult to know precisely when the inn was built. Before 1820, the only inns in the region were at Chailly. Alfred Sensier, friend of Théodore Rousseau and a historian of Barbizon, gives the date of 1824.
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