Montfort-l'Amaury Things to Do
The Chateau and Keep Ruins
On the top of a hill that is now a public park, the ruins, known as les Tours, are all that remain of an 11th century castle keep, distroyed in the 14th century by the English.
Also, a stone and brick turret is next to them, known as Tour d' Anne de Bretagne. It is all that is left of a 15th century chateau built by Anne de Britagne, the wife of not one, but two, French kings!
We visited at night after having dinner in town. The trail leading up the hill is lit and the ruins are floodlit.
A Unique Cemetary
This cemetary is unique because it's walls form an arcade which makes it look more like a cloister than a cemetary. It was constructed int he 16th and 17th century. The sign at the entrance reads: (in French, of course)
You who here pass,
Pray for those who have passed away,
What you are, they have been,
What they are, one day you will be.
0 Hotels in Montfort-l'Amaury
la Place: In the heart of town
Located on the main square, the Place de la Libération, this restaurant / salon de thé is open every day for lunch and dinner until 10:00 pm. The menu offers traditional French options and has a nice wince list. The staff is very pleasant and helpful, offering suggestions when requested.
There is outdoor seating in the summer months, but it would be wise to reserve ahead on a weekend night. We were here on a Saturday night at 9:00...every outside table was reserved ahead, but we had a table just inside the opened windows. Both servers (owners? manager?) we had that evening spoke English, which was a pleasant surprise!
Favorite Dish: I had duck breast with french fries. This is a typical dish, but what made this one special was the pepper sauce. It was fantastic! I'm so glad in France it's acceptable to clean your plate with bread, because that's just what I did!
We each had an apéritif, salad, a plat and coffee. We shared a bottle of red and a cheese plate. Our bill came to 80 Euros.
Getting there by Train or Car
To get there, take the metro to Gare de Montparnasse, then SNCF toward Dreux or Houdan, stopping at Montfort-l'Amaury, Mere. There are three trains in the mornings on weekedays, one on Saturday , and two on Sunday. The last train back on Sunday is 10:30 pm and 7:00 pm during the week.
From Montparnasse it's about a 40 minute ride.
Once you arrive at the station, it's about 2 km into town. You can walk or call for a taxi.
To get there by car, take the A13 to the A12, to the N12 following signs for Dreux. Exit the N12 at D76, following the signs for Montfort-l'Amaury. It's about 40 km from Paris center.
Montfort-l'Amaury Off The Beaten Path
The whole town is off the beaten path!
Athough this is 40 km outside of Paris, iti s an easy and interesting day trip for those who have been to Paris before and are interested in a glimpse of medieval France (since most of Paris' was distroyed!)