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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Essonne

Méréville - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Essonne

Located in the heart of the valley Juine, Méréville appears as an oasis of greenery in the Beauce plain.

His hall of the Middle Ages (ca. 1511), its castle and its grounds (once one of the most beautiful in Europe), the tower of Trajan and the wash of the 18th century make Méréville one of the most picturesque sites of the region.

Famous figures marked Méréville their mark: Jean-Louis Bory, writer, Jacques Bodoin, songwriter, Philippe Cara Costea, painter, Blaise Cendrars, writer, Eugene Guillevic, poet, François-René de Chateaubriand.

Historic Village:

Put the edge of the plateau Beauceron, a large area of nearly 3000 hectares, combines Méréville plains between high culture and the lush valley. She suffered a turbulent history since the Roman occupation in the 4th century.

Its castle destroyed, rebuilt, razed, rebuilt, was also the eighteenth century a stay during which peace, Arts and Letters have flourished. This domain bought on the eve of the Revolution by the wealthy financier Jean-Joseph de Laborde was beautifully transformed. The expanded park became a romantic garden style, designed by the architect François-Joseph Bélanger and directed by the painter Hubert Robert. Planted with a variety of botanical species, reported its shipments by La Perouse, he was regarded by his contemporaries as the finest and most accomplished romantic gardens with its many factories and artificial caves. Historical monument, the entire estate was bought by the General Council of Essonne in 2000 for rehabilitation. This major project will take place over a dozen years. This rehabilitation will rank the romantic Méréville Gardens as a tourist destination of national and international first class.

Méréville, capital of watercress:

No one can leave Méréville without following the course of June and having walked in those scenic wetland where watercress is grown in over a century. The watercress is indeed a remarkable feature of the landscape, labeled "reconquest landscape" since 1992 by the Ministry of Environment. The department of Essonne is the largest producer of watercress in France with 40%.

Geographical information

Latitude48.3159700 (N 48° 18’ 57”)
Longitude2.0937720 (E 2° 5’ 38”)
AltitudeFrom 82m to 142m
Surface area26.99 km²
Population3212 inhabitants
Density119 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureEvry (54 km, 47 min)
Insee code91390
IntercommunalityCC Etampois Sud Essonne

Nearest cities & towns

Estouches3.8 km (5 min)
Pannecières5.3 km (7 min)
Monnerville5.7 km (6 min)
Autruy-sur-Juine6.3 km (8 min)
Guillerval6.8 km (12 min)
Saclas6.8 km (9 min)
Thignonville8.1 km (13 min)
Saint-Cyr-la-Rivière8.2 km (8 min)
Angerville8.5 km (12 min)
Arrancourt8.7 km (12 min)
Fontaine-la-Rivière9 km (10 min)
Sermaises9.2 km (10 min)
Pussay9.6 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

The tower of Trajan.

The hall of the 16th century.

The castle park.

The laundry.

The watercress.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Easter Fair.


The Hall
The Hall
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Tower Trajan
Tower Trajan
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Garden Park Castle
Garden Park Castle
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The Juine
The Juine
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The Cressonnières
The Cressonnières
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The laundry
The laundry
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Saturday 23 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 20°C
Sunday 24 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 24°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Helicopter excursion over the castles around Paris
Sports sensations139 € to 229 € Cerny (27 km)
Grandes Bruyères Arboretum
Nature and the great outdoors5 € to 10 € Ingrannes (39 km)
Guided tour by electric bike in Orleans forest
Nature and the great outdoors35 € Sury-aux-Bois (43 km)
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Fontainebleau
Entertainment217 € Fontainebleau (46 km)
Maiden flight in a helicopter or microlight
Sports sensations56 € Saint-Denis-de-l'Hôtel (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Cave Art Path
HikeEasy1h30Le Vaudoué (32 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals


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