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Here's why Fontainebleau is the best September getaway

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It was in the forest of Fontainebleau that the concept of nature tourism was born in France. Less than an hour from Paris, the forest has become over time a must for woodland walks. With nearly 25,000 hectares of forest, the Fontainebleau region can be discovered through more than 500 kilometres of marked trails. The success is such that nearly 11 million visitors visited the site in 2017. Who on horseback or on foot, in a carriage, at the command of dog sleds, on a mountain bike or in a hot air balloon, at the attack on rocks renowned worldwide for rock climbing or who have come to share their experiences of sylvotherapy imported from Japan in order to reconnect their senses with nature. Then, after this bowl of nature, visitors stroll through the royal (and imperial) city, rediscover the castle, its parks, Henry IV, Francis I, Napoleon, the trace of the queens of France who gave birth here. Witness of more than a thousand years of history, the castle welcomes nearly 470,000 visitors per year, and it is easy to understand why, so unique is the place.

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