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Guide of the Jura mountains

Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Jura mountains

Guide of the Jura mountains - Tourism, holidays & weekends in the Jura mountains

Holidaymakers keen on authentic and preserved places will find the Jura massif very inspiring, as its lush countryside is brimming with beauty spots that tourists love. In the superb Lakes region, the Hérisson's 31 waterfalls, one of which is 60 metres tall, offer an ever-changing spectacle for the eyes and ears. At the Saut du Doubs, the magnificent 27-metre waterfall is equally impressive.

This is a region where you can scale great heights. From the Roche du Prêtre belvedere, the view of the Cirque of Consolation is stunning. Le Grand Colombier, the highest point in Le Bugey, also reveals a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. The Langouette and Doubs Gorges, as well as the Pertes de l'Ain, are wild and awe-inspiring places that are not to be missed. Seasoned hikers and walkers will be in paradise on the trails of the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park!

Visitors will appreciate the cities and towns just as much. Besançon, the capital of Franche-Comté and a listed City of Art and History, proudly presents its citadel, a masterpiece built by Vauban. The village of Baume-les-Messieurs is full of charm, nestling within an exceptional cirque, as is the superb medieval village of Pérouges, an enchanting place for lovers of old buildings. Dole and its historic centre, Saint-Claude, the pipe and diamond capital, or Ornans, the little Venice of Franche-Comté, are other distinctive and surprising places to visit.

Among the many monuments and buildings, we should mention the Royal Monastery of Brou, a Flamboyant Gothic gem in the pretty city of Bourg-en-Bresse, the Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Joux Castle, perched on its rocky spur.

Skiers can enjoy their favourite sport at the resort of Les Rousses, while spa-lovers will be very happy in Divonne-les-Bains, at the foot of the Jura massif. Gourmets, meanwhile, will appreciate the local specialities such as potée comtoise stew, coq au vin jaune, Morteau sausage, Bresse poultry, the traditional Comté cheese, Jura wine and galette comtoise pie.

Guide of the Jura mountains


The Brou royal convent, gothic masterpiece, the Dombes lakes, the Saracen chimneys in Bresse, and the charming medieval town of Pérouges are among the gems to be discovered in the Ain.


The Doubs offers a large choice of great places of interest to discover with its big forests crossed by numerous hiking trails, its beautiful villages and its fortified city Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté.


The Jura massif, composed of wonderful landscapes of spruce forests, high mountain pastures, lakes and waterfalls, rich built heritage and delicious specialities are some of the features of the department of Jura.

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