In the south of the Seine-et-Marne department and 57 km from Paris, the town of Fontainebleau has a population of more than 16,000. Its château, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, pays witness to eight centuries of history. The town enjoys a unique living environment thanks to its public forest: 25,000 hectares that have inspired many artists and which attract sportspersons and walkers from all over the world. Fontainebleau has a catchment area of approximately 100,000 inhabitants and is home to more than 500 shops, restaurants and hotels. It has a large student community in prestigious schools such as the INSEAD, MINES ParisTech and the Fontainebleau Institute of Political Studies.
Fontainebleau is a capital for equestrian activities, with the Grand Parquet, the La Solle racecourse and the Military Equestrian School. The town is also patron of the French Republican Guard. Many internationally renowned events take place in the town each year: the Django Reinhardt Festival, the art history festival, the European series summit ‘Série Series’, etc. On 18th June, make sure you are there for the concert by Sting in the grounds of the château!