55km (34 miles) SW of Paris, 42km (26 miles) NE of Chartres

Once known as La Forêt d'Yveline, the Forest of Rambouillet is one of the loveliest forests in France. More than 19,000 hectares (46,950 acres) of greenery stretch from the valley of the Eure to the high valley of Chevreuse, the latter rich in medieval and royal abbeys. Lakes, copses of deer, and even wild boar are some of the attractions of this "green lung." Most people, however, come here to see the château, which you can visit when it's not in use as a "Camp David" for French presidents.