Besançon, France - green, calm, collected, real France
Besançon is the perfect place to spend your year abroad if you want to experience ‘la vraie vie française’. Located on the East side of France in the Franche Comté/Doubs region, this beautiful and tranquil city is fairly unknown to British tourists. It is, however, surprisingly well connected to major cities making sightseeing in Paris (in 2 hours), shopping in Dijon (1hour) and even skiing in Geneva (2½ hours) very easy. In comparison to neighbouring cities, Dijon and Geneva, the lush greenery and sense of being close to nature sets Besançon apart.