Discover Pontoise

Pontoise is a small city located in the Ile-de-France region of France, approximately 24 miles (38.6 km) northwest of Paris. It has a population of approximately 46,000 citizens and is best known as the birthplace of legendary Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro. Pontoise is also renowned for its historical architecture, including the remains of its castle walls and two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Saint-Maclou Cathedral and Saint-Gervais Abbey.

Visitors to Pontoise can explore its beautiful countryside by taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking on local trails or canoeing along the Oise River. The city's old town district offers numerous shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries to browse through. The lively market square filled with locals selling fresh produce provides an excellent place for sampling regional specialties like Crevettes Grises (gray shrimp). For those looking for more cultural experiences, there are plenty of museums filled with works from past masters like Pissarro and Claude Monet to discover.