Franche-Comté’s capital is always worth your trip alone, and you will certainly find cheap hotels in Besançon. If you choose the cheap ibis Besançon Centre Gare hotel, you’ll also get the benefit of a perfect location beside the railway station.
The essence of the Besançon terroir
Besançon is known as ‘little Rome’ for its seven hills, the same number as the Italian capital. Atop one of the hills is a citadel overlooking the Doubs river and old town. It offers a great panorama of other hills and the surrounding forests. Constructed by 17th century designer Vauban, the citadel is a brilliant example of military architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its vast buildings contain three museums. One is dedicated to the traditions of the Comte region. The old town is similarly overflowing with architectural marvels. Why not discover them using La Grande Rue as your focal point. It will lead you on to historic homes and the remarkable Saint-Jean cathedral.
Besançon is renowned for its cold cut meats, cheeses and chocolates. To get a taste of all these unique flavours in one place, go to Doubs Direct on Rue Pasteur. It’s especially good for regional produce like sausages with vin jaune white wine. As for cheeses, the nut flavoured cacouyard and orange-coloured mamirolle make for the perfect gourmet snack. Try them with an artisan terrine of venison or wild boar. Treat yourself to Besançon’s confectionery at the Confiserie Ricot sweet shop in Rue des Cras. You’ll spot boulets de la citadelle, irresistible hazelnut and chocolate sweets.