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Green city par excellence

In the heart of one of the greenest regions of France, the city of Besançon is the perfect place to recharge your batteries in the fresh air. In an environment where biodiversity has been jealously preserved, savor the sweetness of a lifestyle that is cultivated naturally! Here, nature is omnipresent, a source of wonder and daily well-being. Nestled in a loop of the Doubs River, the city has miles of riverbanks where you can have a good time and stroll along the water’s edge. Along the numerous paths built from fort to fort, through the 7 hills that surround the city, you will be able to get some height in the middle of these green spaces. At the gateway to the Jura Mountains, find yourself in Besançon in an exceptional natural environment. And discover an unparalleled playground where you can practice an impressive diversity of outdoor activities, alone, with friends or in groups.


An exceptional natural site

The city of Besançon is a natural wonder. Nestled in a meander of the Doubs, the capital of the Comtois has the charm of a water city, to be discovered on foot or by boat. Surrounded by 7 hills, it also looks like a small Rome, and can be admired from all angles by going up and down. On one of the many hiking or mountain bike trails that cross the territory, you will undoubtedly be seduced by the city’s advantageous physiognomy, a real gateway to the Jura Mountains.


Grand Tour VTT de Besançon


Sources d'Arcier


Eurovélo 6

Capital of biodiversity

Built in an extraordinary natural setting, the city of Besançon is a beautiful plant. The second largest protected area in France, the city was designated the capital of biodiversity in 2018. With more than 200 m² of green space per inhabitant, it is a real green bower located at the foot of the Jura Mountains. It is therefore not surprising that Besançon is ranked among the best cities to live in!


Le jardin du Casino


La promenade Micaud


Le Clos Barbisier

There will be sports

A key destination for lovers of greenery, the city of Bisonne is a vast playground for sportsmen and women of all kinds. Seven wooded hills covered by numerous trails offer you the choice of walking, running and cycling in the middle of a perfectly preserved biodiversity. But you can also fly over the gentle hills of the agglomeration in a paraglider, jump on a paddle for a descent on the Doubs… It’s up to you to choose the way to move that suits you best!

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Boucle cyclo 5 "Les rives de l'ouest bisontin"


Grand Tour VTT de Besançon

The Trail des forts, the biggest nature race in eastern France

On one of the race courses mixing nature and heritage, surpass yourself in the middle of the Vauban fortifications, and cross the door of its emblematic Citadel classified by UNESCO. The 60 km long race will even take you to the 10 forts that protected the city of Vauban in the last centuries. More than 6000 runners are expected for the 20th edition of the Trail des forts in 2023. And you, perhaps?

© Crédits photos : ©Ville de Besançon - Grand Besançon Métropole, ©Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Grand Besançon Métropole