Hundreds of shows, concerts, and exhibitions. Dedicated or twisted, historical or offbeat, creative venues host numerous festivals and events on the stage, on gallery walls, in music. These moments of culture are part of a Besançon tradition of cultural excellence and openness to all. A tradition yet again founded on the key values of sharing and discovery. A compendium of culture!
1,000 ways to enjoy a good life in Besançon. A nice flat in the old town centre or a modern residence on the edge of town, properly designed child minding schemes, rich academic and cultural life, efficient transport systems, 1,000 town centre businesses—Besançon welcomes you!
Among its latest accolades, in 2019, Besançon was again a winner! Most attractive town in France on the Work and Live barometer, biodiversity capital, active, sporting town—our assets provide amazing opportunities for personal and professional self-actualization.
Besançon, the town of good living! An oxygenating swathe of green, a fantastic residential offering with attractive services, outstanding cultural wealth, teeming innovation capacity, nearness to the big cities—everything needed to satisfy the wants and needs of the people who settle down here.
Traditional house in a residential district? Loft in an eco-district? Or maybe a village house full of old charm? Property here costs less than €2,000 per m². Every year, 2,000 new arrivals set up home in Besançon.
In Besançon, children from 2 months to nursery school age can enjoy accompaniment tailored to their life rhythms. Child minding schemes suited to family and professional constraints and to parents’ wants and needs. Collective or family based, regular or occasional, there are almost 2,000 places for home or nursery assistance and over 500 crèche places.
Here we are among the Jura mountain foothills, in a space where wild, authentic nature reigns, a paradise for ramblers, fell runners, cross-country skiers. A preserved, energizing territory that extends its chlorophyll-scented benefits right to the town’s doorstep. On the ground, on the water, in the air, Besançon stands out as a unique outdoor destination in France.
Served by the A36 motorway and two high-speed railway stations, putting it at 2 hours from Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, and Frankfurt, offering efficient alternative transport in the form of a tramway, the VeloCité self-service bicycle scheme, car sharing by Citiz, electric vehicle charging stations, private car pooling—Besançon has the perfect answers to the big transportation issues.