Here is a brief overview of the main reasons why you should book your summer holiday in the Jura Mountains. You won’t regret it!
1. DID YOUR CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY FALL THROUGH?
Don’t worry – water in the Jura Mountains comes in 1,000 shades of blue! Dozens of lakes dot the mountains, perfect to refresh you on hot summer days. From the lake at Chalain with its turquoise reflections to the emerald coloured lake at Vouglans, via the immense one at Saint-Point, and not forgetting the intimate lake at Genin, we don’t know where to dive in first!
The advantage is that you avoid the crowded beaches of the Mediterranean while mixing up your pleasures: canoeing, pedal boat, stand-up paddle, water skiing, diving or even relaxing on the beach… The blue paradise of the mountains is here!
2. FOR CHEESE LOVERS
A true mountain speciality, cheese is enjoyed all year round here. After a good day’s skiing (water skiing, that is), there’s nothing better than a piece of Comté on a tartine! Other cheeses to enjoy include Morbier, Cancoillotte, Tomme du Jura and Bleu de Gex.
And if you don’t want to eat a hot meal in summer, these cheeses blend perfectly into summer salads: Comté cheese, nuts, apples and lettuce make for a simple and light blend for a gourmet meal. Why not watch the cheese-making process in situ, or even head for one of the many fruit trees in the massif to fill your basket…
3. BOOST YOUR ADRENALINE LEVELS
Exhilarating activities are not just for winter on ski slopes of the Jura Mountains. Summer too offers many activities to suit all interests and levels. Among the favourites: a mountain bike ride down the slopes at Métabief, Via Ferrata at Fort l’Ecluse in the Ain and canyoning at Grosdar in Saint-Claude… Not to mention a canoe trip down the gorges of the Loue and the area’s many biking and hiking trails. Plus many other activities to discover in this huge natural playground!
4. CAVES TO KEEP YOU COOL
Like everywhere else, the Jura thermometer can sometimes reach temperatures that have you dreaming of shelter in a cave. Good news: in the Jura Mountains this is entirely possible! Discover the richness of geological formations created by time and natural phenomena, with a visit to the caves at Cerdon, Osselle and Baume-les-Messieurs, where explorers can also go caving to conquer the underground world.
5. A PICNIC PARADISE
The Jura Mountains are an inexhaustible source of beautiful landscapes and intimate little nooks, perfect places to enjoy the sun and fresh air with a picnic. Whether it is at the top of a mountain after a hike for a well-deserved snack or on the shore of a lake or river for a relaxing outdoor feast, you can lay your blanket down just about anywhere, and it will be beautiful. Such tranquillity is also ideal for an post-lunch nap!
6. WATERFALLS AND SPRINGS
In addition to the lakes which offer fabulous summer swimming, the Jura Mountains have many waterfalls and springs to enjoy. From the famous Hérisson waterfall to the majestic Flumen waterfalls and the one at Tufs, each is unique and magical. Also in summer, you can enjoy the cool waters of the Loue, Lison, Ain or Doubs springs for a memorable moment in an outstanding setting.
7. FOR THE PARTIES!
In the Jura Mountains not only do you eat good cheese, but you also drink good wine! The trick to tasting the best wines? Meet the winegrowers. To this end, hit the Jura and Bugey Wine Routes. With their views of vineyards and mountains, they are as easy on the eye as the palate.
Among the must-tastes: vin jaune (yellow wine) with its unique taste; the sweet and refined Macvin du Jura; the sparkling and light Crémant; plus Côtes du Jura and Cerdon wines. As an apéritif, you might also try Absinthe (nicknamed The Green Fairy), which originated in the Jura Mountains.
8. PLAN B IN CASE OF UNEXPECTED RAIN
In case of rain, don’t worry – you won’t get bored in the Jura Mountains. This is a land rich in know-how and history, with a wide range of activities available for all tastes and ages: a visit to the toy museum in Moirans-en-Montagne or the Polar World Museum in Prémanon will delight young and old alike, while not to be missed is a visit of Fort Saint-Antoine in Malbuisson and the silk museum in the Ain.
9. EXCEPTIONAL HIKING
Holidays in the Jura Mountains provide an opportunity to get into mountain hiking. Whether you are a seasoned sportsman or an occasional walker, the gentle and accessible slopes of the massif offer something for everyone. Here are some route ideas: the belvedere of the Pic de l’Aigle, which overlooks four lakes; the ascent of the Crêt de la Neige, the highest peak of the massif; and the French-Swiss smuggling routes… Many routes are possible, punctuated by gastronomic and cultural breaks.
10. TO PAMPER YOUR BODY AND MIND
The Jura Mountains are an ideal place to keep all your healthy New Year’s resolutions – like some kind of miracle cure, they are full of benefits for body and mind. At an altitude of a few hundred metres, the air is less polluted and the clear horizon extends over beautifully preserved natural landscapes. It’s a place to feel more zen, less stressed, where your body adapts to the rhythm of nature. You will feel the Jura Mountains effect – enjoying the little pleasures of everyday life, and appreciating the simple things…
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