Discover Benelux, Issue 76, April/May 2020

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Red and the Black),” says Christine, adding that the novelist Colette had her second home here, and the great Victor Hugo was born here. In fact, no trip to Besançon would be complete without a visit to the Les Misérables author’s childhood home, which is open to the public, and you can learn more about his extraordinary literary and political heritage.

Boosting happiness “This area offers a wonderful marriage of nature and culture,” enthuses Christine. Whether you come to enjoy the historical hotspots or make the most of the various outdoor activities on offer, there is plenty to entice you. The popular EuroVelo 6 cycle route passes through the region, while the River Doubs offers the opportunity for activities on water. “From walking or cycling in the beautiful forests to paragliding or kayaking, you can truly make the most of the great outdoors, whatever your level of fitness,” enthuses Christine, pointing out that Besançon and its greater region boasts all the ingredients for happiness. “There’s space, inspiring nature, and so many great events taking place throughout the year,” she concludes, adding that the area also has a hip foodie scene with many great local restaurants. “We have everything you need for a ‘zen’ weekend away!”

Maison Victor Hugo.

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