Do not hesitate, the Essonne, nicknamed “secret garden of the Île-de-France” awaits you to seduce you. A gateway desire? Want to discover beautiful gardens or illustrious residences? A desire for nature, sport or leisure? Come discover, in Essonne, at a few kilometers south of Paris, a historical, cultural and natural heritage that hides beautiful surprises. Essonne combines the charm of wilderness with the proximity of urban recreation. From castles to gardens, from cinemas to museums, or from festival shows, the Essonne invites to a thousand discoveries. It also offers a life-size site for the practice of many sports and leisure activities. The Essonne seduces visitors with the diversity of its natural and cultural heritage and its accommodation facilities (Gîtes de France, bed and breakfast, campsites …). The Departmental Domain of Chamarande, a recognized, artistic and cultural center, offers many activities all year long. The French Museum of Photography in Bièvres has a unique collection of objects and photos. The Massy Opera, with its quality programming and world-renowned artists. The theater of Agora in Evry, national scene, offers shows of any style. Many music and film festivals are also organized for your enjoyment.