Camping in and around Fontainebleau

How do I find a campground near the town of Fontainebleau?

Are you looking for a camping adventure that combines the tranquility of the countryside with the convenience of being close to a major city? Look no further than Fontainebleau!

Nestled in the heart of the Ile-de-France region, this charming town is just a train ride away from the bustling metropolis of Paris. But don't let its proximity to the city fool you - Fontainebleau is a world unto itself, brimming with natural beauty and rich history.

With its vast forest surrounding the town and the famous château of Fontainebleau, this town is a true paradise for those in search for underrated places to visit in the region. Whether you're a fan of hiking, biking, or simply taking a stroll through the forest, you'll find plenty to keep you busy here. And if you're a history buff, you'll be thrilled to discover the town's main historical gem, the famous Château de Fontainebleau, a grand palace that has been the residence of French monarchs for centuries.

But perhaps the best way to experience Fontainebleau is by camping. And thanks to HomeCamper, you can do just that! With a wide range of hosts around Fontainebleau, you can choose from a variety of comfortable and convenient accommodations that suit your needs. Whether you're traveling in a van, a motorhome, or simply looking for a quiet spot to pitch a tent, you'll find the perfect spot to call home for a few days. And with the warm and welcoming hosts, you're sure to feel right at home as you explore this wonderful town!

What to visit in and around Fontainebleau?

The town of Fontainebleau, both historically and geographically, is inseparable from its forest and castle. It grew up in contact with the Kings of France and the Court for eight centuries. It has kept many testimonies of this in its urban planning as well as in its architecture. Capital of the horse, real pillar of climbing, Fontainebleau delights all types of audiences!

In this royal town, you will discover a rich historical heritage, of which the castle is the obvious highlight, and which was inhabited for 7 centuries by the kings of France, but you will also appreciate the squares, such as the very beautiful Napoleon Bonaparte square, the Saint-Louis church, requested by Marie de Médicis from Henri IV, the 1864 town hall, or the magnificent theater. Also worth visiting is the Grand Parquet, an area reserved for horse training and equestrian competitions, which reminds us that Fontainebleau is also the capital of horse riding, and the "Hippodrome de la Solle", one of the oldest racecourse spots in France, housed in its green setting, or the Military Riding Sports Center, located in the former stables of the castle, which trains horsemen and military horses.

Around the castle, you will  be able to stroll through the parks and gardens dotted with stunning courtyards and fountains. Several festive events are held in the city throughout the year: many equestrian events, the Naturiales in May, an open-air opera in September, the Django Reinhardt jazz festival are just a few examples.

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The town of Barbizon is also unmissable when you visit the area. This charming village is located in the heart of the Fontainebleau Forest and is known for its picturesque streets. Barbizon became known in the 19th century for its artistic life and its many meetings of painters who used to come find inspiration in the forest of Fontainebleau.

Another superb village next to the city is Moret-sur-Loing. Located at the south-eastern tip of the forest, the entrance to this medieval village is through a stone porch and it is its architectural medieval structure that makes it an appreciated destination.

Lastly, a popular destination for history enthusiasts is the town of Nemours, which is located just a short drive from Fontainebleau. Here you'll find the Château de Nemours, a Renaissance-style castle that was once the residence of King Louis XII. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and visitors can take guided tours to learn about its history and architecture!

When to go to Fontainebleau?

The town of Fontainebleau sits snugly in the heart of the Ile-de-France region, and its location plays a big role in shaping its weather. While the town may see its fair share of rain throughout the year, that doesn't mean you should let it dampen your spirits! In fact, the dreary weather can be the perfect excuse to cozy up and explore the many indoor attractions the town has to offer.

But, don't worry, the rainy days are usually accompanied by cold weather in the winter, so you'll have an excuse to bundle up and enjoy some hot cocoa or cider. Spring may be late to arrive, but when it does, it's the perfect time to recharge your batteries and enjoy the fresh blooms. And, when summer rolls around, you can count on plenty of sunny days to fully enjoy all the outdoor activities and attractions the surrounding areas of Seine-et-Marne have to offer.

Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!

As a sidenote, the HomeCamper team is mostly based in Fontainebleau. Don't hesitate to contact the team if you need any insight on things to do in the town!

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