Frenchman Raymond Blanc (by now an almost Englishman) wrote in the Guardian (14 March 2015) about Besançon (25 Doubs, BFC) where he grew up and started his restaurant career.
He identifies some restaurants to try and talks of the iconic Vauban Citadelle which dominates the town in a loop of the Doubs River. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vauban’s masterpiece, the Besançon Citadel, is considered to be one of the finest in France. More than 100 metres above the old town of the Franche-Comté capital encircled by a loop of the River Doubs, the Citadel has spectacular views from its ramparts. A cultural and tourism show-piece, it’s an astonishingly varied and exciting.
Within the Citadelle there is also the Museum of French Resistance and Deportation, Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation.
The modern town has many pedestrianised streets and a modern tram system with Park&Ride options – although you will need to change on to a bus for the Citadelle.
More info on Besançon
There are numerous options for holiday accommodation in Besançon including B&Bs, self-catering and hotels such as the Best Western Citadelle Hotel situated in Besançon’s historic town centre, near the River Doubs and the citadel. It offers charming, peaceful and traditional accommodation.
For more info on this Besancon Citadelle Hotel see Best Western Citadelle