Feast your eyes!

The Jura Mountains, breathtaking scenery

The Jura Mountains are a patchwork of landscapes waiting to be explored, from gently rolling hills covered in spruce forests and pastures to dizzying limestone cliffs and turquoise lakes nestled at the bottom of steep valleys... An incredibly photogenic setting that will remain in your memory forever!

La vallée de la Loue en automne
Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
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The Loue Valley

One of the region's most beautiful valleys! The charm of the River Loue begins at its very source, a waterfall that spouts from the bottom of a corrie where the rock face reaches heights of a hundred metres or so. It then flows fast through the steep valley, gushing in the depths of the Nouailles gorges and all the way to Ornans.

The scenic road that follows the river is dotted with beautiful places to stop:

  • Typical, unspoilt villages of Franche-Comté
  • Absolutely stunning panoramic viewpoints overlooking the valley. Be warned, it's enough to make you dizzy! 

Discover the Loue Valley

 

La reculée de Baume-les-Messieurs
Alain DOIRE / Bourgogne Franche Comte Tourisme
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The steephead valley of Baume-les-Messieurs

Stop off at Baume-les-Messieurs, a must-do when exploring the region. You'll be awestruck by this little green haven: the village itself and the abbey of course, but most of all the amazing scenery!

The deep steephead valleys with high cliffs are typical features of the Jura Mountains. The one at Baume-les-Messieurs is a particularly spectacular setting of limestone and greenery that you can fully appreciate by taking to the hiking paths that lead you up the cliffs to the panoramic viewpoints overlooking the valley. From there, the views are simply unforgettable.

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Le Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura sous la neige
Parc Naturel Régional Jura-Benjamin Becker
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The Upper Jura Regional Nature Park

Almost always wild and full of unique fauna and flora, the unspoilt Jura Mountains are also your chance to admire Mother Nature's every facet.

Visit the Upper Jura Nature Park to fully appreciate and understand this patchwork of wide open spaces, peaks, forests, pastures, lakes and waterfalls.

Discover the park

Panorama depuis le sommet du Mont d'Or
World Else / Montagnes du Jura
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Mounts and peaks

Named Crêt de la Neige, Crêt de Chalam, Sommet de la Dôle, Grand Colombier, Mont d’Or, Reculet or Colomby de Gex, the mounts and peaks of the Jura Mountains culminate between 580 and 1,720 metres above sea level.

From the top, these gems each offer an astounding panoramic view over a wide variety of landscapes that you absolutey must discover:

  • deep, lush green valleys,
  • steep cliffs,
  • forest-covered hillsides, mountain pastures,
  • and even, in some cases, the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Wow!

Discover these summits

 

La Vallée de la Loue en canoe
World Else / Montagnes du Jura
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Enjoy

Water galore

Here, water is everywhere, offering you a whole range of activities to enjoy and sensations to experience, again and again.

The fast-flowing torrents gushing down the mountains are an invitation to go canyoning, while the calm waters of the multiple lakes mirror the surrounding peaks and countryside and suggest more transquil pursuits such as canoeing, paddleboarding or sailing.

If it's magical spots and surprises you're looking for, gear up and head underground, following the water's path into the caves and chasms dotted across the region. You'll see stalactites and stalagmites, in some cases lit up to offer a spectacular sight!

Aquatic heaven: lakes, waterfalls, springs and sources

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