Office de Tourisme des Coteaux du Jura
Office de Tourisme des Coteaux du Jura

 

Lons-le-Saunier: surprising capital of the Jura department.

Lons-le-Saunier is really a “green city”, where the quality of life of its inhabitants and visitors is improving. For instance, located in the heart of the thermal park, the thermal baths bestow the benefits of Lédonian thermal water. For history-lovers, Lons-le-Saunier is also seen as a heritage city, where remarkable monuments demonstrate its flourishing past. Finally, you may be surprised to know that The Laughing Cow, the world famous cheese, is actually from Lons-le-Saunier!

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“La Marseillaise” has its origins in Lons-le-Saunier.

It may surprise you to discover that the author of the French national anthem, who is known worldwide for his freedom values, was born in 1760 in Lons-le-Saunier! However, crossing the city, there are many occasions to pay homage to him: from the statue by Bartholdi to the apartment where he was born, at number 24 in the famous Rue des Arcades. Or even to the theatre chiming clock, that rings the first musical notes of the Marseillaise anthem every hour!

 

     
 

Baume-les-Messieurs: the pearl of the Jura department.

The site at Baume-les-Messieurs is one of the most spectacular in the Jura department; over just a few kilometres, it features a host of treasures as mysterious as they are spectacular. Nestled in its "blind valley", a unique geological curiosity, Baume offers the visitor one surprise after another. The charm and tranquillity of one of France's designated "beautiful villages" and "Cluny sites" will amaze and delight.

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Reculées: quiet and delightful.

These intriguing blind valleys with their remote, abrupt endings embody one of the most representative landscapes of the Jura. There are many of them in this area. In addition to the must-see example of Baume-les-Messieurs, four other blind valleys await you: in Ladoye-sur-Seille, Blois-sur-Seille, Gizia and Grusse.


 

     

 

Château-Chalon: the view, the name, the taste.

Guardian of the vineyards, Château-Chalon is perched on the edge of a cliff and for centuries has watched over the entrance to its neighbouring blind valleys. The village will delight and amaze you with its unassailable and spectacular setting.

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Panoramic viewpoints: from the bottom to the top.

Whoever talks about the “Coteaux du Jura” inevitably mentions the panoramic “viewpoints”. Located in the foothills of the Jura Mountains, the area’s profile offers numerous viewpoints to walkers and nature lovers, at least, for those who try to reach the top. All, without exception, will give you an invigorating sense of pleasure with their views of unexpected landscapes.

 

     

 

Vin Jaune: the king of Jura wine.

The Vin Jaune, recognizable for its golden colour and its nonstandard bottle (62cL), is one of the greatest wines in the world. Its unique Savagnin grape variety and its preferred soils around Château-Chalon give to this wine its both unusual and typical flavours. The winemaker's know-how and patience allow the wine to age for six years and three months, during which the "angels' share" evaporates under a film of yeast which protects it from oxidation.

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Coteaux du Jura vineyards: a hidden treasure. 

Here, you only get a glimpse of our vineyards. They deserve to be seen, but they hide behind forests and hills. There are a few majestic stretches of vineyard that are the exception, like the Château-Chalon or Le Vernois vineyards, but they are not the majority. Go and discover them by following the many hiking trails (Maps are on sale at the Tourist Office).

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Bresse jurassienne: ponds and mysterious forests.

The Bresse jurassienne is a land of forests interspersed with numerous ponds, which offers mysterious and unspoiled walking. The impressive forest, which used to be impenetrable, continues to encircle the ponds and gives the landscape a wilderness feel. All of this creates a harmonious whole that has given rise to a rich environment whose fragile biodiversity includes remarkable and unusual flora and fauna.

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The village of Arlay: timeless. 

“Cité de Caractère”, capital of Vin de Paille, festivities around Saint-Vincent’s day… The village of Arlay holds more than one secret. During a walk on the Eaux Vives path, discover mills, museums, wine-makers and in particular the impressive ruins of Arlay Castle, ancient fortified ramparts that dominated the former Salt Route, give free rein to the imagination and invite visitors to rediscover history.

     

 

The Forges de Baudin: a curious industrial heritage. 

The former industrial site of the Forges de Baudin, part of the heritage of the Jura since the end of the 18th century and in operation until 1959, will be rehabilitated in 2017 to become the first museum of urban and street art in France.

An unique permanent collection, which retraces the history of street art and its Masters covering 1,500m2, temporary exhibitions and retrospectives from international artists, an outdoor discovery trail, fun and educational workshops... 


 

     
   

Original guided tours.

Recipe for sparkling guided tours !

- 1 pinch of salt : the history of balneology in Lons

- 1 touch of magic : the hospital and apothecary

- 1 gram of madness: the old city (dramatized)

- 1 chilled hour  : Lons by twilight

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Swing on the green !

At the heart of the “Coteaux du Jura” in the Sorne Valley can be found the Domaine du Val de Sorne, a quiet and spacious hotel overlooking its golf course.  This superb 18-hole course is one of the most beautiful courses in France, almost an arboretum with over 4,000 species represented!  The hotel complex also offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness room, sauna... everything you need for an unforgettable relaxing stay.

     

 

An unexpected surprise : the Laughing Cow.

The most famous cow in the world originates from Lons-le-Saunier. In the home of its birth, la Vache qui Rit reveals secrets which continue to intrigue both children and adults. For example, why does the Laughing Cow laugh ? Answers at the Laughing Cow museum !

 

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