Besancon, France
Besancon is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Located close to the border with Switzerland, it is the capital of the department of Doubs.

The city has one of the most beautiful historic centers of any major town in France. A broad horse-shoe of the river Doubs, "la Boucle", encircles the old town, while Vauban's imposing Citadelle blocks off the neck. The historic center presents a remarkable ensemble of classic stone buildings, some dating back to the Middle Ages and others to the Spanish Renaissance.

Things to See & Do

* Roman ruins
* Citadel of Besancon
* Cathedral of St Jean
* River Frontage
* City Walls & Fort Griffon

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – French
Land Area – 65.05 km²
Population – 220,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44

Port Location – The port of Besancon is located on the Doubs River.

Travel Links – The two nearest airports to Besancon are EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport.