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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hauts-de-Seine

Fontenay-aux-Roses is a town of Île-de-France located in the department of Hauts-de-Seine. It takes place just a few kilometers from Paris, not far from Bourg-la-Reine, Bagneux and Châtillon. The city is also installed on the Green Belt south of Paris, which includes part of the route of the Via Turonensis, pilgrimage route to St Jacques de Compostela.

Property of the abbey of Sainte-Geneviève Paris during the twelfth century, the city was long a simple hamlet of Bagneux. Fontenay-aux-Roses became a village in its own right in the seventeenth century after Colbert possession, then the Duke of Maine, and took its current form. It is named after roses located on the town for a long time.

Full of charm and aesthetics, this important town francilienne still reveals its visitors an architectural and cultural heritage of the most important. Churches, castles, parks, mansions and other historical figures may well be admired.

Geographical information

Latitude48.7897760 (N 48° 47’ 23”)
Longitude2.2871810 (E 2° 17’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 58m to 164m
Surface area2.51 km²
Population23171 inhabitants
Density9231 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNanterre (27 km, 27 min)
Insee code92032
IntercommunalityCA Sud de Seine

Nearest cities & towns

Châtillon2.2 km (5 min)
Bagneux2.3 km (6 min)
Sceaux2.5 km (8 min)
Châtenay-Malabry2.8 km (6 min)
Le Plessis-Robinson3.1 km (7 min)
Malakoff3.8 km (10 min)
Clamart4.1 km (10 min)
Cachan4.1 km (11 min)
Bourg-la-Reine4.4 km (11 min)
Montrouge4.6 km (11 min)
Arcueil4.7 km (11 min)
Vanves4.8 km (12 min)
Issy-les-Moulineaux5.5 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The historical heritage of Fontenay-aux-Roses is rich and full of subtleties. Many monuments that draw the eye and attention of tourists.

Two churches stand in the town of Fontenay-aux-Roses. The first, the Saint-Stanislas-of-Blagis, was built in the first half of the twentieth century. Modern, it has made entirely of glass Saint-Gobain glass windows. The second building is the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church. If the original monument dates from the thirteenth century, the present church was rebuilt in the mid-nineteenth century.

Currently hosting the municipal library and a cultural and youth recreation center, Laboissière castle lost its first origin. Built in the late seventeenth century, it was named after the former owners of the nineteenth century.

Today Fontenay-aux-Roses media library, the College Sainte-Barbe-des-Champs is an ancient castle built in the first half of the eighteenth century. The garden is still accessible to the public.

Several homes still present in the city testify to the commitment of some celebrities in this town of Hauts-de-Seine. This can help identify the remains of Paul Scarron he occupied with his wife at the time, the future Madame de Maintenon, or the home of Paul Léautaud, writer and drama critic. Do not miss also the home of Mr. Donard, designed by architect Louis Sue in 1922.

Green spaces abound in Fontenay-aux-Roses, and parks are numerous. Note especially the St. Barbara Park, the green corridor, Panorama of the site, or the square of Wiesloch.

Places of interest

Performance halls

Events and festivities

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning a market is held in the halls.

Marto The festival, dedicated to puppets and other objects, takes place every year in March, with several shows.

In April, place Fontenay Music festival. In different cultural structures of the town, workshops, exhibitions or shows are organized.

June is a month to Fontenay-aux-Roses lively, including the carnival, the feast of the town or the feast of music.

A bustling flea market is held every October.

In October, the Open Dance festival is an opportunity to experience different styles of dance and attend performances.

The city also offers a Christmas market.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Bread Making Class in a Parisian Bakery
Local flavours113 € Paris (5.6 km)
Macaroon Baking Class
Local flavours113 € Paris (6 km)
Enjoy 360° views of Paris from the top floor of the Montparnasse Tower (tickets)
Entertainment15 € Paris (6.4 km)
Gourmet Tour of the Butte aux Cailles
Local flavours38 € Paris (6.5 km)
Street Art Tour of the Butte aux Cailles
Culture and education7 € Paris (6.6 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris (8.8 km)
Cave Art Path
HikeEasy1h30Le Vaudoué (51 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals