At the gateway to Paris and surrounded by green nature, the Essonne Department benefits from an exceptional heritage. It has a wide variety of landscapes and numerous historical towns, chateaux and museums. You will be able to take your pick from the 400 kilometres of waterways, two regional nature parks, 2,300 kilometres of hiking trails, 130 leisure sites, 267 historical monuments and museums, as well as 15 reception and information points for tourists. In the face of so many treasures, everyone is sure to find something enjoyable!
Anyone interested in architecture will be eager to visit the region’s famous chateaux of Versailles, Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, and stroll in their gardens. They will also enjoy the churches, artists’ houses and other museums. The literary house of Victor Hugo, the house of Jean Cocteau and Saint-Chéron ecomuseum, among many others, all provide unforgettable trips through our history. And for an unusual and fascinating visit, go to the Soisy-sur-École art glass factory.
If you feel like recharging your batteries in the heart of a majestic forest, there are many paths to explore on foot, by bike or even on horseback. It’s a real paradise for all those who love walks and hikes. There are also lots of fun activities available in this French Department with many different facets. Several adventure parks and treetop adventure trails provide fun for both children and adults alike. The star of the region is Disneyland of course, which is only 80 kilometres away! Here is a unique experience that is an unmissable part of any family holiday!
Gastronomists who enjoy the taste of local products will love their tourist stay in Essonne: 50% of the region is consecrated to farming. This is perfect for enjoying the friendly relations inherent in buying directly from the producer! Marcoussis strawberries, Gâtinais honey, whisky from the Chevreuse Valley, etc, the pleasures are many. Did you know that watercress is considered the ‘green gold’ of this French Department? Come and enjoy it directly where it’s grown!
Naturism in Essonne
Naturism is not only a seaside activity! Héliomonde is a high-quality holiday centre in Saint-Chéron within the Paris region. It is an ideal location to spend a rejuvenating naturist holiday with a traditional feel. On the high plateaux of the Essonne Department, this listed woodland area of 47 hectares places the environment and ecotourism as its core values. The centre is completely pedestrian. As for accommodation, you can choose from among the chalets, bungalows, mobile homes and bungalow tents, not forgetting camping pitches for tents, caravans and motor homes.
Héliomonde provides all the facilities to ensure your holiday is a success. There is a magnificent naturist swimming pool of course, as well as Hélio-plage with its deckchairs, palm trees and parasols, as well as a restaurant, wellness area, sports hall, etc.