Living in Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau's natural beauty, proximity to Paris and thriving, multicultural multilingual environment makes the perfect setting for Fonact.
The Fontainebleau Environment
Located in the heart of the forest and only one hour from Paris, Fontainebleau is an imperial town with a rich history and an exceptional natural heritage.
Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Fontainebleau is the only palace that has been inhabited by all the crowned heads of France from the 12th to the 19th centuries.
The forest of Fontainebleau, recognized by UNESCO as a world-class Natural Biosphere Reserve, is unique in its kind and a real paradise for nature lovers.
With 11 million visitors a year, more than 1,200 species of animals and plants, the forest offers numerous walks, cycle rides and horse-riding paths. It is also a site known worldwide for rock-climbing.
The picturesque town of Fontainebleau proposes lots of activities, many restaurants with international cuisine, a majestic municipal theatre, two cinemas and a large array of different types of shops.
The Fontainebleau Château
With over 1,500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries.
The Fontainebleau Forest
The Fontainebleau forest is the second-largest national forest in France and the largest forest area in the Ile de France region.
Fontainebleau is surrounded by many beautiful historic villages worth visiting like Moret-sur-Loing, Barbizon (both artist’s villages), Grez-sur-Loing and Samois-sur-Seine (where the famous Django Reinhardt festival used to take place).
The Town of Fontainebleau
Three times a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings), the grand town square next to the Fontainebleau tourist office (Place de la République) is converted into a bustling street market.