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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Essonne

Name of inhabitants: Orcéens

Area: 779 hectares

Population: 16 300 inhabitants

City millennium marked by prominent figures such as the earls of Orsay, builders of the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, General Moreau, the Dandy of Orsay, Charles Péguy, the Nobel laureate Pierre et Marie Curie, Frederic Joliot and Irene Curie, Alfred Kastler, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Orsay is ideally located 25 km south-west of Paris, into the verdant valley of Chevreuse. Cradle of Tourist pluricommunal she enjoys a privileged location. Hall of Fame has been built in 1801 to celebrate the end of the revolutionary wars.

It is served since 1854 by a railroad, now the RER B line, which leads to the airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle via Paris. An extensive road network allows visitors quick access.

Orsay integrates its territory important campus of the Faculty of Sciences of the University Paris-Sud with its 27 000 students, teachers and researchers. Populated by rare plant species, the park is now ranked Park Botanical France. The ALICE particle accelerator used by the team Juliot Frederic and Irene Curie, is a monument near the proton therapy center where they treat cancers of the retina.

The proximity of an exceptional scientific environment earned him worldwide fame. Community life, arts and culture is intense, with the National School of music and dance, the history committee of local and surrounding Orsay (CHLOE), the Cultural Center of Greater Bouvêche and Space Jacques -Tati.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude48.6971610 (N 48° 41’ 50”)
Longitude2.1896170 (E 2° 11’ 23”)
AltitudeFrom 51m to 160m
Surface area7.97 km²
Population16206 inhabitants
Density2033 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureEvry (27 km, 21 min)
Insee code91471
IntercommunalityCA du Plateau de Saclay

Nearest cities & towns

Bures-sur-Yvette2.3 km (6 min)
Palaiseau5.4 km (12 min)
Gif-sur-Yvette5.4 km (11 min)
Gometz-le-Châtel5.8 km (12 min)
Villebon-sur-Yvette6.2 km (10 min)
Gometz-la-Ville6.5 km (13 min)
Saint-Aubin6.6 km (11 min)
Les Ulis6.9 km (10 min)
Villejust8.2 km (10 min)
Vauhallan8.3 km (10 min)
Nozay8.4 km (14 min)
Villiers-le-Bâcle8.7 km (11 min)
Marcoussis9 km (14 min)
Saclay9 km (10 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Performance halls

Events and festivities

A program of outings, visits, excursions is offered each quarter by the Office of Tourism Valley of Chevreuse in Essonne.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided Tour of the Royal Stables at Versailles and the Bartabas Academy of Equestrian Arts
Culture and education12 € Versailles (12.6 km)
Equestrian ballet at La Grande Écurie
Entertainment16 € to 25 € Versailles (12.7 km)
Helicopter tour of Paris Versailles
Entertainment399 € Paris (16.3 km)
Bread Making Class in a Parisian Bakery
Local flavours113 € Paris (18.1 km)
Guided Tour of the Catacombs – skip the line (tour in English only)
59 € Paris (18.4 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Paris illuminations
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Paris (21 km)
The edges of the Marne and Charles Trenet's house
HikeEasy4h00Joinville-le-Pont (24 km)
The open-air dance halls ('les guinguettes') of the edge of the Marne
All-terrain bike itineraryEasy50 minChampigny-sur-Marne (26 km)
Cave Art Path
HikeEasy1h30Le Vaudoué (45 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals