The Essonne department, the ardent secret of Île-de-France, with its landscapes, forests, valleys and rivers, is home to many beautiful parks and gardens ideal for strolling, such as those of Courances, Courson and Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard. Discovering the Essonne also means discovering its many castles and museums, without forgetting to visit the medieval city of Dourdan, the charming village of Milly-la-Forêt, the church of Saint-Sulpice-de-Favières or the city of Art and History of Étampes. Depending on your requirements and your needs, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
The department of Essonne is home to several beautiful and exceptional estates, including the aforementionned Courances estate, famous especially for those who love beautiful gardens. This estate offers an exceptional park, where trees and water are highlighted. The perspectives offered by the alignment of the trees, or their reflection in the water, make it a domain with superb landscapes. The Japanese garden, particularly exotic, is not to be missed. The Domaine de Chamarande also offers beautiful discoveries, with an undeniable historical heritage and a castle with many rooms, as well as beautiful landscapes including an artificial island.
Essonne is also home to several museums, such as the art glass factory in Soisy-sur-Ecole where master glassmakers will immerse you in their world. The Brièves Photography Museum is also worth a visit, as many collections are on display. A city of art and history, Etampes is a must in the department. Once a very important city because located between Paris and Orléans, Etampes contains a beautiful religious heritage, including the collegiate church of Notre-Dame. The historical centre is pleasant and suitable for walks. The city of Dourdan is also worth visiting, with its castle dating from the 13th century, as well as its church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois, a Gothic church from the 12th century.
Milly-la-Forêt is not to be missed. Its national plant conservatory offers a museographic space, as well as a tropical greenhouse or a garden for endangered plants, among others. A work of art weighing more than 300 tonnes of steel, the "Cyclop" stands proudly on its 22.50 metres high. Many sound sculptures are also to be discovered. Finally, Milly-la-Forêt was marked by Jean Cocteau, who lived 16 years in the rue de Lau. The chapel of Saint Blaise-des-Simples is also worth a visit because this chapel was decorated by Cocteau and is also his tomb.
We advise you to plan your visits during the summer months if you prefer warmer temperatures and good weather! However you'll come accross less crowds of tourists if you choose another period of the year.
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!