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Nature trips

Between the River Seine and Fontainebleau Forest, you’ll find a river port and a host of parks and gardens, not forgetting a natural riverbank stretching for 8 km. Melun Val de Seine is a town in the countryside. This green town has retained all its provincial charm and appearance thanks to its unspoilt woodland areas.

The Seine's natural riverbank 

Parks and gardens


The Seine's natural riverbank

                                                                                                   

You can enjoy beautiful riverside walks exploring 8 km of the banks of the Seine on paths that are accessible to everyone. 

Once the town’s economic hub, the Seine riverbank now offers the chance to enjoy bucolic walks in a lush green setting. The animal and plant life, mostly aquatic, is easy to observe (moorhens, wild swans, geese, ducks, herons, cormorants, gulls, coypus, water lilies, elderberries, reeds, etc.)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

A choice of riverbank itineraries :

  • A walk around Saint-Etienne island in the heart of the town.
  • The Vaux Promenade, where you'll find a cycle path. From Vaux to Pénil, where a beautiful viewpoint overlooks Melun Val de Seine and the island.
  • The nord-bank path is full of charm and leads to Le Mée-sur-Seine, Boissettes and Bossise-la-Bertrand. 
  • On the south bank, from Quai Maréchal Joffre, walk past the Olympic pool and  "La Belle Etoile" campsite and be charmed by the "Affolantes des bords de Seine", the lovely 19th-century villas dotted along the way between Melun Val de Seine and Samois, via La Rochette and Bois-le-Rois.
  • Heading towards Dammarie-les-Lys, the towpath includes a 3 km cycle path. This riverside road is closed to motorised vehicles every Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm, allowing walkers, joggers, anglers, cyclists and rollerbladers to enjoy themselves in total tranquillity. The path continues as far as Vosves on a track that's closed to traffic.  

From Melun Val de Seine to Vaux-le-Vélo

 

The Tourist Office proposes a cycle-touring map to help you find your way to the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte vie the village of Maincy which is listed as one of the most beautiful in France. 

Just 9 kilometres from Melun Val de Seine Station, you can reach Vaux-le-Vicomte on a cycle-friendly itinerary.

Hikers will be happy too, as the map also features an itinerary and explanations for reaching the Chateau via part of the GR1 long-distance hiking route.

 

Walking itineraries

Fancy a short walk or a long hike, in the heart of the countryside or along the charming footpaths that wind across our towns ? You can download the itineraries proposed by the department of Seine-et-Marne, free of charge, and go exploring the paths of Melun Val de Seine. Envie d'une petite promenade, ou d'une longue randonnée, envie de marcher en pleine nature ou de découvrir le charme des sentiers qui se faufilent dans nos villes ? Paths of Seine-Port Fortress and collegiate church in the Ancoeur valley   

Other itineraries can be found just a few kilometres beyond the boundary of Melun Val de Seine: From Blandy-les-Tours, launch your attack on the 13th-century Brie-style fortress, stopping on the way to cool off at Roiblay Chapel. Then set out for the collegiate church of Saint Martin, the most beautiful of Brie’s religious buildings.

The artists who visited Melun Val de Seine were not indifferent to the beauty of the Seine. Turner, Cézanne, Stein and Frouart all painted scenes of the town, the river and its banks.

Discovery trails at Dammarie-les-Lys 

Explore two walking itineraries in the historic heart of  Dammarie-lès-Lys :

Historical places in the town centre 

The hamlet of Vosves, a country getaway in the vineyard 

Parks and gardens

Melun Val de Seine boasts an outstanding array of green spaces that are looked after by the town council's parks and gardens maintenance department, embellishing them day by day in harmony with the seasons and the environment. 

These green oases can be explored during your walks. 

Crédits photo

  • Office de Tourisme de Melun Val de Seine
  • Ville de Melun Val de Seine
  • Julien Meneret
  • Didier Paris
  • Collectif Images
  • Alticlic
  • Pascal Gaël
  • Jérome Mignon
  • Michel d’Anastasio
  • Frederic Miel
  • Sophie Loyd
  • Thierry Benne
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