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Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau)

Fontainebleau, France
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As featured in Daytrips from Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Forests
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: This 49,000-acre forest is one of the biggest in France.
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Chennai (Madras), India
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Travelled from Paris to Fontainebleau by Train (Navigo pass can be used). We reached around 10AM. We had some snacks and took Cycles for rent (15 Euros/Day). Both mountain and road bikes are available in Fontainebleau. Mountain Bikes are preferable as the tracks are inside forest. (Visit Tourist office next to Cassel) You can get free maps and useful information... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Some areas are great for bouldering with lots of routes of varying difficulty close together in one area. Make sure to get a map, and some local advice, as not all of them are equally good and well marked. We recommend Mont Aigu if you're based in the town and on foot.

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Melun, France
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This forest is a vivid living space for many natural species in the vicinity of Paris : mushrooms, birds. It demonstrates a great variety of landscapes in a tiny perimeter, which makes its great interest for the wanderer. Its features inspired a school of painting during the XIXth century for the quality of its lights and atmospheres. It also has... More

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Paris, France
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This forest is enormous, so to review the whole place is impossible. Find what you enjoy: climbing (very technical and world class), cycling - took many trails to ride in a lifetime; of sitting around having a picnic amongst the nature. Great for photography also, so many places to explore.

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France
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Huge forest with many different walks of many lengths. Fontainebleau Tourist Information Office will provide you with a guide book, map of start locations and loads of advice; all for free too! There is a beach in this forest, a genuine one too and quite natural...I'll leave you to figure it out! There are lots of rocks around to climb... More

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Paris, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Fontainebleau is a small town but with plenty of charm and most of the basics including a decent tourist info. Go there first to get maps of the trails in the forest and parking etc if you need it. They seem to be well signed and maintained, although atrocious weather stopped us from testing them thoroughly.

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east coast
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited the forest to boulder on the amazing rocks. We were impressed to meet so many multi-nationals doing the same thing and also wonderful French families out enjoying the woods. This is a unique place, and so beautiful to experience.

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Denver
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I've been in Northern France for my work and my family is coming over for a few weeks and we all enjoy hiking so I wanted to find a place for us to go. I drove a little over 2 hours to get there and it was worth it, to me, but if you aren't in love with being in... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Family day trip to the forest with our 3 and 5 year old. We all had an amazing time - there are many routes through the forest taking in the best bouldering areas and views. There are coloured markers painted on the trees and boulders which guide the way and our children really enjoyed finding these and leading the way... More

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We spent a great 2 days in the forest. The bouldering was amazing - with numbered routes for different grades including children's ones. We also did a lovely walk, although the paths were not always that well marked!

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