The Loue Valley is a must-do for visitors. From its source inside a cave, the river emerges to flow across a spectacular landscape that you can explore by car or by canoe to discover a succession of listed villages and panoramic views over the canyons of Jura. The region's abundance of water and plentiful nature were of great inspiration to the painter, Gustave Courbet, whose world can be admired at the Ornans Museum or Flagey Farm. Perfect for adding a little culture to your itinerary!

 

Ornans dans la vallée de la Loue
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Ornans dans la vallée de la Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Village de Lods, au bord de La Loue
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Village de Lods, au bord de La Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Château de Cleron au pied de la Loue
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Château de Cleron au pied de la Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
By motorbike or by car

Road trip in the Loue Valley

The Loue Valley is best explored by car or motorbike, since the D492 road offers 46km of pleasant driving with plenty of viewing points along the way.

From the small Ornans Valley you have two options:

>> Travel upstream for 25km along the Loue via the dizzying hairpin bends between Vuillafans, Lods, Mouthier-Haute-Pierre and Ouhans.

>> Or, follow the the river downstream and finish your trip in the beautiful Lison Valley. 

The Loue Valley villages

Lods, Ornans, Mouthier-Haute-Pierre ... These picturesque villages, many of them listed, all contribute to the magic of the Loue Valley.

The views are exalted by bridges mirrored in the water, and walls and balconies festooned with bloom, inviting you to stop for a while and stroll around to the gentle gushing

of the river. 

The Loue Valley from the river

Descend the river by canoe to discover the Loue Valley from a brand new angle.

 

In the footsteps of painter Gustave Courbet, a local boy

Known for his provocative "The Origin of the World", which is on display at the Musée d'Orsay, Courbet was also a landscape painter with a love for his native region, to which he pays homage in many of his paintings.

Why not follow in the painter's footsteps by visiting his favourite places and admiring his works? Off you go!

Gros plan sur la Loue à l'automne
Jean-Robert Longhi Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme BFC

Focus on the Lison Valley

Beyond the Loue Valley, the rolling landscape continues along the enchanting Lison Valley, dominated by an intensity of revitalising greenery thanks to the constant presence of water. Along the way you'll stop on the river bank to capture the scenery with your camera:

Where to stay in the Loue Valley

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Ornans dans la vallée de la Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Village de Lods, au bord de La Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Château de Cleron au pied de la Loue Alain DOIRE Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme