With a rich historical, architectural and artistic heritage, as evidenced by its castles, abbeys and royal towns, the Yvelines department also boasts a vast preserved natural space. Its 70,000 hectares of forests, criss-crossed by multiple hiking trails, and its beautiful parks and gardens are all assets that delight walkers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. A beautiful program in the making for everyone who wants to visit the department! Depending on your various 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 Yvelines represents many cities with a royal past and an extraordinary heritage, with Versailles, Rambouillet, or Poissy.
Versailles is best known for its Château de Versailles, where Louis 14 once shone. The castle offers several shows throughout the year, magnifying it to its best. The historic districts of the city of Versailles are worth a visit, especially the antique dealers' district. The courtyard of scents and the visit of the famous Salle du Jeu de Paume are not to be missed. While in Poissy, the collegiate church of Notre-Dame and the toy museum will attract your attention. In Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the visit of the old castle or the castle of the Val will be essential, as will the visit of the German bunker to the Medici city. Rambouillet, located about fifty kilometers from Paris, is seductive with its castle that is now a presidential estate. The National Sheepfold, covering an area of 250 hectares, transports its visitors to the world of the farm, through several events and workshops. Beautiful walks are also to be done in the Rambouillet forest. Mantes-la-Jolie, a beautiful town in the countryside, is also an ideal place to recharge your batteries with its Vaucouleurs valley and the hikes it offers. The collegiate church of Notre Dame, a Gothic church that was that of the kings of France, is classified as a historical monument.
The Yvelines is also a department that inspired many impressionist painters, to mention only Renoir's "Déjeuner des canotiers". The house of Elsa Triolet or that of Jean Monnet sur Bazoches-sur-Guyonne testify to this. While passing through the Yvelines, we also recommend the Arboretum de Chèvreloup located in Rocquencourt. This arboretum is an integral part of the Natural History Museum. More than 2500 species are honoured.
Finally, the Chinese garden Yili will also offer you beautiful sightings!
Depending on the reason why you're going there, you'll choose different periods of the year to plan your trip. However we advise you to choose the months from May until August as temperatures will be warmer and more suited for sightseeing!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!