- guide to Essone
- towns in Essone
- Essone Hotels
- Essone Tourist Attractions
- Essone Gites
Essone tourist informationwhere to go - what to see - what to do
Essonne is one of the 8 departments of the Ile-de-France region and is situated 15km south of Paris between the departments Yvelines and Seine-et-Marne.
Milly-la-Foret in the southeast is in the heart of the Gatinois Francais Nature Park and is considered a leading centre in the research and cultivation of medicinal plants. Milly was also the birthplace of Jean Cocteau who is buried in the chapel here.
Etampes with its many rivers, is known as 'Little Venise'. Its attraction lies in its elegant buildings, testimony to its history as a royal borough.
The town of Dourdan is well worth visiting. Its growth was centred around its 13th century castle and is an example of fine military architecture.
- Milly-la-Foret - home to the gigantic sculpture 'Cyclop' designed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle which was donated to the state in 1987.
- Evry - its modern cathedral was designed by the architect Mario Botta complete with 3D style roof.
- Cerny - The Association JB Salis aims to preserve and maintain aircraft. It is Europe's most prestigious collection of flying machines.
- Chateau du Marais, Val St Germain - more than just a château with its formal French-style gardens and wooded parkland.