Being from a little village nearby Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines, I’ve always enjoyed walking around Druyes.
The castle, the delightful houses and the springs
When you arrive, you see the castle that dominates the hill and proudly stands above the village. In the village-center but also on the outsides, the houses are delightful with their well maintained and flowery stone facades. Besides the castle which is absolutely magnificent, the bottom of the village has some treasures as well. Especially the Druyes spring which has nothing to envy to the Caribbean Sea for its clarity.
If you have the time to linger for a while, just pick up the free leaflet around the village to visit and discover the history of Druyes-les-Belles-Fontaines.
The hiking trails reveal a varied landscape with high and low places. Don’t miss the unmissable viaduct walk. One of the trails allows you to walk around the village without leaving sight of the castle.
If you’re a gourmet, the Auberge des Sources restaurant is a great place to have a home-cooked-meal in a wonderful setting. Or if you only need to grab a bite, you’ll find at the Guinguette des Sources, a bucolic atmosphere by the pound.
Did you know… Jean-Roch Coignet, better known as Captain Coignet was born here and was a fine example of the meritocracy established under Napoleon’s empire. (The house is located in front of the supermarket).
Fun fact : I used to be a seasonal postman in this area and each time I was delivering the mail, I really felt like I was going on holiday.