Booking the Première Classe hotel in Melun-Sénart for a two-day stay means you’re only 25 miles from Paris, and not far from Orly Airport either. Start your exploration of the town on Île Saint-Étienne. The island is home to the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and the Priory of Saint-Sauveur, both of which date all the way back to the 11th century. The Hôtel de la Vicomté, with dormer windows dating back to the 16th century, is currently home to the local museum which is well worth a visit. The streets of the Saint-Aspais neighborhood are lined with all sorts of buildings, one of which is the Église Saint-Aspais, a flamboyant Gothic masterpiece built in the early 16th century.
A week’s stay in Melun means you’ll get the chance to explore the many buildings that have shaped the city’s skyline for centuries. On Île Saint-Etienne, a Gallo-Roman oven suggests there have been dwellings here since either the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Melun’s Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and Priory of Saint-Sauveur, meanwhile, are both classic examples of 11th-century constructions. There are 19th-century creations to admire too, if you venture into the Saint-Aspais neighborhood: the Saint-Jean fountain, for example, which was built in 1864, the modern-day Caisse d’Épargne from 1889, and even the old subprefecture building dating back to around 1890. Not forgetting the town hall, of course, which was erected during the mid-19th century.
Melun is a great place to visit for all the family: as well as being close to Paris, it’s also surrounded by unspoiled natural landscapes. The Botanical Garden on Île Saint-Étienne was created by Dr. Alexandre-Victor Roussel in the 19th century. The Saint-Liesne washing fountain was particularly famous, as the fountain was said to gush with water that had miraculous properties. Melun is also close to Disneyland Paris, as well as the forest of Fontainebleau and its famous château.