Located less than 60 km from Paris, in the Ile-de-France region, Fontainebleau is a breath of fresh air for city dwellers! Depending on your needs, HomeCamper has various hosts in store for you around Fontainebleau that are going to be able to make you enjoy your stay like never before by welcoming you to their beautiful gardens. Lovers of vanlife, roadtrips, and outdoor camping will be delighted!
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.
As for the surroundings of Fontainebleau, Barbizon is also unmissable when you visit the area. This town 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.
The geographical location of Fontainebleau largely influences its climate. Rain is often present, over the seasons that follow one another. Rainy days accompany cold weather in winter. The rather late and short spring is a pleasant time to recharge your batteries. However, you can count on many bright summer days to enjoy your holidays and discover the tourist attractions of the surroundings in all of Seine-et-Marne!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!