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Blind Valley of Baume-les-Messieurs: Marvellous in So Many Ways

Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, the village of Baume-les-Messieurs has won many awards. It is located in the very heart of a blind valley, a typical geological feature of the Jura.


A Particularly Remarkable Blind Valley

For geologists, a blind valley is a long valley which penetrates a limestone plateau and ends abruptly, like the “end of the world”. Baume-les-Messieurs is one of the most beautiful blind valleys in the Jura thanks to its location and the richness of its formation. At the bottom of the blind valley, you can find the famous waterfalls of Baume-les-Messieurs. The waterfalls originate from the Dard River which springs forth after a turbulent passage through the very heart of the Baume-les-Messieurs caves.


An Extraordinary Natural Site

Located in a Natura 2000 area, plants and wildlife in the blind valley are protected. It’s common to see a peregrine falcon or a red kite in the skies above the village.


Learn All About the Blind Valley

To help you make the most of this beautiful location, a marked trail has been created. You can follow it along the Dard River up to the panoramic viewpoint and admire the splendid view over Baume-les-Messieurs. Along the path, there are information boards which reveal and explain the mysteries of the site’s geology. To round off your visit, don’t forget to stroll through the village and visit the Baume-les-Messieurs Abbey or the cave.


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