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Boissettes: This charming little village has preserved the remains of kilns from a factory that produced porcelain for a short period at the end of the 18th century. Some of the pieces can be seen in the Melun museum.

Must-See: The fitness trail in a wooded area reclaimed from former quarries.


Boissise-la-Bertrand: Or how about a peaceful stay in the countryside, at the Domaine de l'Orangerie for example. Discover the romantic Seine along this commune connected to the river. There's also an unusual place to visit, the Brasserie des Grottes, where beer is brewed in caves beneath the Rougeau forest.

Must-See: The Vives-Eaux dam and its footbridge linking the two banks of the Seine.


Boissise-le-Roi: This commune boasts a rich heritage, listed since 1970: the facades of the château, the farm outbuildings, the main courtyard and the church of Saint-Denis, listed as a historic site. Its modern stained glass windows are the work of local artist J. Delhon.

Must-See: The Malécot meadow, a sensitive natural area located between the Seine and a pond, is home to more than 200 plant species.


Dammarie-Lès-Lys: Don't miss the ruins of the Royal Abbey of Lys, a listed historic monument. A number of characterful residences, such as the Château des Bouillants, bear witness to the 19th-century Parisian resort period.

Must-See: The park at Château Soubiran, with its educational farm and bee house, is the ideal playground for a family outing.


La Rochette: The town boasts an 18th-century château as well as a number of fine 19th-century residences, including "La Petite Rochette" and its equestrian centre. Set between the Seine and the forest, this is a great place to get away from it all.

Must-See: the 5km sports trail in the Bois de la Rochette sensitive natural area, which you can try out on foot or by bike.


Le Mée-sur-Seine: Discover this flower-filled, wooded town, a veritable balcony overlooking the Seine. Take the towpath along the banks of the Seine, stop off at the "Grillades de Seine" for a break in the guinguette atmosphere, and continue on to the 13km walking trail "In the footsteps of Henri Chapu".

Must-See: a guided tour of the Henri Chapu Museum, home to the 19th-century sculptor Henri Chapu. Discover his finest works in plaster.


Limoges-Fourches: This town has retained its rural character, with fields all around and three farms within its boundaries. Close to the Paris-Villaroche aerodrome, which hosts one of Europe's biggest air shows every year: Air Legend.

Must-See: the Fourches farm, where you can stock up on farm produce.


Lissy : This rural commune, whose Saint-Pierre church has been listed as a historic monument since 1926, is surrounded by fields. A typical Briard village, time

Must-See: The ruins of a 15th-century fortified castle.


Livry-sur-Seine: This village once stood on a hill planted with vines. Today, some 400 vines of Chardonnay are planted by the Confrérie des Pierrottes.

Must-See: Parc de Livry, a sensitive natural area, with its bird observatory and hemicycle-shaped pier on the banks of the Seine, a real invitation to take a stroll.


Maincy: It's impossible to describe Maincy without mentioning its greatest asset, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Maincy is also a "Village of Character", with its famous wooden bridge showcased by the painter Paul Cézanne.

Must-See: On foot or by bike, the "Vaux-le-vélo" is an itinerary that highlights the town's rich heritage (listed church, wash-house, ru, Maincy bridge, Vaux-le-Vicomte).


Melun: The city centre, a former royal town, developed around the Île Saint-Étienne and the Seine. The capital of Seine-et-Marne has been home to prestigious monuments since the Middle Ages. A former royal town with an undeniable heritage, including the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, listed as a historic monument, the Prieuré Saint-Sauveur with its remarkable architecture, and the Gothic church of Saint-Aspais. Don't miss out on a spot of shopping in the town centre or at the Gaillardon market, the largest in Seine-et-Marne, and finish off with a refreshing cocktail in the delightful Place Jacques Amyot.

Must-See: Stock up on ideas for outings at the Tourist Office, and take the opportunity to discover our new shop selling local produce and other gift ideas. Book your next trip on the Seine on one of our summer cruises, or take it easy in Melun!


Montereau-sur-le-Jard: The village is the result of the merger of two former parishes by royal decree on 22 March 1842. As a result, it has two churches listed as historic monuments: Saint Martin in Montereau-sur-le-Jard and Notre Dame de la Nativité in Aubigny.

Must-See: A major event puts the town in the spotlight: the Air Legend airshow in September, held at the Paris-Villaroche airfield.


Pringy : At the heart of the French Gâtinais Regional Nature Park, Pringy is an invitation to stroll through its nine-hectare town hall park, where a river flows past a thatched kiosk and a Japanese bridge.

Must-See: The Arboretum in the park, where you can admire many local species.


Rubelles: This town, which owes its name to the vines planted there in the Middle Ages, was home to an enamelled earthenware factory in the 19th century.

Must-See: A guided tour of the new Maison de la Faïence, where you can learn more about this artistic and industrial activity of the past.


Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry: Bordered by the River Seine, this commune is part of the French Gâtinais Regional Nature Park. For the more sporty types, there's a leisure centre with wake-boarding, tennis and beach volleyball.

Must-See: A guided tour of the former Leroy wallpaper factory, a fascinating industrial memorial.


Saint-Germain-Laxis: This rural village boasts a unique historical heritage with a church rebuilt in 1828, a 14th-century bell tower and a washhouse dating from 1833. It also boasts a natural heritage with the Ru d'Andy, which flows into a pool at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and is therefore a tributary of the Almont.

Must-See: Take a stroll along the river while enjoying a delicious loaf of bread from the village's organic bakery.


Seine-Port : This "village of character" lies at the heart of the Rougeau and Bréviande regional forests, and on the route of the GR2 hiking trail. It retains its old-world charm, with remarkable buildings such as La Baronnie. Don't miss our guided tours on the history of the village and Madame de Montesson.

Must-See: Highland cows on the Plaine de l'Ormeteau or Aubrac cattle on the Domaine des Îles.


Vaux-le-Pénil: Home to one of the department's leading cultural centres: La Ferme des Jeux. This is a theatre where all the arts meet and mingle as part of an annual seasonal programme, as well as a friendly cinema (classified as Art et Essai since 1996).

Must-See: The Vaux promenade on the banks of the Seine, where you can see the splendid Château de Vaux-le-Pénil. Magnificent views that invite you to take a stroll.


Villiers-en-Bière: Bordered by the Fontainebleau forest, Villiers-en-Bière is also one of the communes belonging to the French Gâtinais Regional Nature Park. It is also famous for its shopping centre, one of the largest in France in terms of surface area.

Must-See: A bucolic stroll through the Arboretum in the town hall park, where you'll discover some rare species of tree.


Voisenon: Sheltered by its parks and woods, all along the Ru du Petit Jard which winds its way through the ponds, discover a pretty little village. From May to December, the cueillette de Voisenon allows you to pick fruit and vegetables according to the season.

Must-See: Domaine de Voisenon is the ideal place to hold your parties and celebrations.


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