Holidays in Jura, France
An introduction to Jura
With Bourgogne to the west and Lorraine to the north, in France's eastern Franche-Comté, the rolling, wooded, limestone mountains of the Jura form a natural border with Switzerland and have been a huge attraction to hikers, skiers and outdoor adventurers for centuries. And it's easy to see why.
What to eat and drink in Jura
Sample Jura's specialities in a host of splendid eateries dotted in and around the mountains. They will almost all have Jura's robust chicken dishes on the menu, like Coq au Vin Jaune (melt-in-the mouth morsels, soaked in the wonderful sherry-like 'yellow wine'.)
The region is also famous for its salted beef, cured ham, hearty hot pots, pork saucisse and fabulous fondue. There's a board-full of classic cheeses to behold too, such as Gruyere, Comté and Morbier.
And who could resist a slab of Papet Jurassien (orange mountain tart) or Tarte au Goumeau to round off the feast? Let's not forget the accompanying wines - every list is positively groaning with AOC (premium-quality) specialities, such as Crémant du Jura, Macvin du Jura and sweet Vin de Paille.
What to see and do in Jura
Jura is home to one of the world's most spectacular mountain locations, so you can expect to see a breathtaking variety of awe-inspiring, achingly beautiful features left to us by Mother Nature. The rock-splitting Herisson Falls, for example, (31 in all, including the 60m Grande Cascade) are high on most visitors' agendas, as indeed are the Gouffre de Poudrey caves (complete with sight and sound show).
You might want to visit the lakes of Ilay, Vouglans and Bonlieu too. Or if man-made marvels are more to your taste, don't miss the fearsome fortress 'Chateau de Joux' the citadel in historic Besancon, Dole's 16th Century Eglise Notre Dame and the house of groundbreaking biologist Louis Pasteur (Arbois).
Children will perhaps prefer the Dinosaur Zoo, or be tugging at your trousers to buy them a delightful wooden toy, for which the Jura is renowned. You might even want to treat yourself whilst you're there - how about a souvenir clock or a Gustave Courbet print?
- Parcs in Jura
- Val de Bonnal