A popular leisure destination on the eastern border of France, twinned with Freiburg in Germany and Neuchatel in Switzerland, Besancon is described as a 'Town of Art and History' - and rightly so. Dating back to pre-Roman times, its past is evident in its beautiful historical centre, which includes the Citadel of Besancon, the 16th century Palais Granvelle, and the Cathedral of St Jean.
Museum and art lovers will have many reasons to book a holiday rental Besancon. The town's art gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology, boasts a collection that has grown steadily since 1694 and includes exhibits ranging from classical antiquities and Egyptian artefacts to paintings by Titian, Rubens, Goya, Matisse, and Picasso, to name a few. There's also the Museum of Time, which showcases the city's watchmaking tradition, and the Museum of Natural history, which houses an aquarium, a zoo, and an insectarium, among other attractions.
Tune in, tuck in
Besancon resonates with music throughout the year. There's the famed Besançon International Music Festival for classical music performances, the Herbe en Zik Festival, which spotlights rock and other musical forms, the French Jazz Festival, the French Country Music Festival, and the Street Music Festival – do make sure you book a Besancon holiday rental during one of those.
Food lovers will be spoilt for choice because Besancon has many bistros, cafes, and brasseries within walking distance of one another, from lavish, ultramodern establishments to homely little eateries. Cuisines range from classic French to Indian, African, Japanese, and even Thai. The nearby region of Alsace provides further culinary delights; their local cuisine is a mixture of French flair and German heartiness. Why not take a day trip to Mulhouse, or Colmar?
Besancon holiday rentals include many quaint French cottages of varying capacities that can accommodate small families as well as larger groups of up to twelve persons. These residences are comfortable, well appointed, and as homely as one can expect. A stay in a holiday rental at Besancon is the perfect, affordable solution for a memorable family holiday.