About The Jura

About Franche Comte and the Jura

An amazing region of lakes, mountains, rivers and waterfalls

The Franche- Comté and Jura

Franche -Comté is located in central Europe and eastern France. It borders with Switzerland and is close to Germany and Italy.

Lakes, mountains and waterfalls

This mountainous region, where much of the Jura is situated, has 5350 km of rivers, 320 km of which are suitable for fishing. The area boasts eighty large lakes, at least 1000 ponds and many spectacular waterfalls.

Close to Burgundy and Switzerland

The Jura is one of the four departments of the Franche-Comté, the prefecture of which is the town of Lons-le- Saunier. It is among other bordering departments of Saône-et-Loire and Côte-d’Or (Burgundy region). Because of the region’s unique natural beauty, tourism is an important part of the economic development of this department, and 12% of it’s properties are second homes.

The main towns are :

The main attractions

Major lakes: The famous Lac de  Vouglans (the third largest artificial lake in France), Lac de Chalain and the lakes of Les Rousses.

Waterfalls: The most spectacular in the Jura are the Cascades du Herrisson, and the famous Cascades of the gorge of  Baume- les-Messieurs.

World Heritage of Unesco sites: Les Salines de Salins-les-Bains, and the sites of Clairvaux and Chalain

Ski: Les Rousses , Métabief Mont d’Or, Monts Jura Grandvaux, Bellefontaine, Foncine -le-Haut .


Chalain and Vouglans offer many water-based activities such as swimming , sailing and fishing.

Winter tourism is also important with downhill skiing in the resorts of Les Rousses and Métabief, and with more than 1000 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,  the Jura excels.

Green tourism also offers hiking and biking activities through forests of beech, oak and pine . Horseback riding and equestrian activities are also popular .

It is also possible to play golf (Lons- le-Saunier Chapelle Voland), or relax in the spa at Lons -le- Saunier and Salins -les- Bains ….

Food and Drink

With its many markets and many restaurants, you can enjoy excellent local cuisine ( Bresse chicken, morel mushroom pie and sausages) . The department is very proud of its cheeses the favorite being Comte. You will also find , Morbier , Vacherin Mont d’Or or and cream cheese .

The Jura also has original vineyards with uniquely tasting wines. It is widely known for its white wines. The Savagnin grapes are used for the famous Vin Jaune . The festival of Vin Jaune has become the biggest event of Jura  with 43,000 visitors in 2014.

There are also sweet wines such as Macvin or Vin de Paille .

How to get there

Dole/Tavaux Airport  provides direct links with England via Ryanair.  The airports of Geneva Cointrin and Lyon Saint Exupéry are also close by.

The TGV Train will take you from London to Dijon in less than 6 hours or from London to Dole in 7 hours.

The road network is well developed with the A36 motorway linking Germany to Lyon and Marseille via Dole and the A39 motorway which connects Dijon to Bourg-en-Bresse via Lons-le-Saunier .

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Pays de Loire and The Mayenne Region

Château- Gontier

Chateau-Gontier Bazouges is the third largest town of the Mayenne region. This ancient city is rich historic heritage and was awarded the National Grand Prix Award (4 flowers) in 1992. Château- Gontier Bazouges was also Golden Flower Supreme Distinction in all categories, awarded to only to nine cities in France each year. The jury also awarded the city the prize for plant diversity .

The immediate region of Château-Gontier hosts 24 local councils. Château-Gontier Bazouges is located 30 km from Laval and 45 minutes from Angers. At an hour and a half from Paris by TGV, its location is ideal.

The Mayenne river runs through this charming regional capital and is highly appreciated by boaters, tourists and particularly with camping-car owners who are offered a free site opposite the River.

In the suburbs, the beautiful ‘Couvent des Ursulines’, with its Conservatory of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, The National Theatre and tourist office make essential viewing, as well as the cobbled streets, old halls and wooden houses of the downtown conservation area.

In summer, this rich heritage is augmented by theatrical events in the Convent, guided tours, a festival of street theater (La Chalibaude), Saint-Fiacre Fair in August. The Festival of Comics in October is also well worth a visit.


Capital of the coalfield (iron and slate) area, and the Sub-prefecture of Maine et Loire, Segre, with its peaceful rivers, the old bridge, and ornate cliffs is a picturesque town which flows out from the valley towards the shale spurs.

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