There’s so much to do in Jura and you’re bound to find something interesting: dinosaur footprints; Dole Modern Art Museum; the Chalain et Clairvaux-les-lacs pre-historic sites; Baume-les-Messieurs Imperial Abbey ; the world-famous Laughing Cow® Centre, the Great Saltworks in Salins les Bains; Ravilloles Know-how Workshop; the Toy Museum and Glasses Museum...Jura showcases the history, values and know-how that make it THE place to visit. On a completely different note, the Jura Lake Trail provides visitors with a magnificent journey along the water’s edge featuring several carefully-hidden jewels that are well worth tracking down: Lakes Bonlieu, Ilay, Narlay...
The outstanding event of the year for wine lovers is undoubtedly the Percée du Vin jaune the annual event celebrating the internationally renowned Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine) but this isn’t the only date to note in your diary: Pressée du Vin de Paille, Cérémonie du Biou … Away from the Jura wine and vineyards families will love Idéklik, the International Children’s Festival, where children are the actors, spectators, experimenters and creators...Yet another outstanding event is the Transjurassienne, the largest cross-country skiing event in France when the participants can test themselves over the 76-kilometre course crossing through the Departments of Jura and Doubs with a short detour in neighbouring Switzerland...
Food & Drink
Jura will really whet your appetite! The menu includes superb local produce and first-class restaurants; yes, it really is a gourmet’s delight! Our four leading chefs, all of whom have been awarded much-deserved ranking stars, know how best to use the local ingredients – both unique and symbolising Jura, and combine them to serve up really delicious dishes that you’ll really enjoy. Try out the chefs’ innovative recipes or something more traditional such as Poularde au Vin Jaune! Your “taste bud trip” will surely take in the Tourist Wine and Comté Trails where cheese dairies and cellars will provide you with a warm welcome. In summer hundreds of terraces are adorned with beautiful floral displays in the heart of villages and towns, as well as on beaches and at the feet of waterfalls!
In Jura there really is something for everyone and all budgets! There are many different types of shopping experience to enjoy: strolling down the pedestrianized streets in our towns, Department Stores or the narrow village lanes: fashion, decorating and DIY, luxury, high-tech, gourmet...Major brands are readily available, shopping centres, multi-brand shops – yes, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for here! Don’t miss out on the traditional architecture of our shops selling regional produce and the arts and crafts workshops where you can also buy the products you see being made...
Jura is also lively at night. The two spa towns, Lons-le-Saunier and Salins-les-Bains, have very popular casinos, featuring a wide range of gambling opportunities, events and musical evenings. Why not take the family out to play nine-pin bowling? Or try your hand at the laser game or go-karting with your friends. If you like dancing look no further – our night clubs stay open until the early hours of the morning... And for music lovers and people who enjoy special events, our concert halls and festivals play host to a wide variety of artists.
One thing’s for sure-you won’t get bored here! There’s a wide range of things to do all year long both indoors – nine-pin bowling, go-karts, casino and one-armed bandits – and outdoors- golf, accrochbranch (adventure tree-climbing), water sports, horse-riding...Jura is also an ideal destination for great family holidays: the sheer variety of its nature sites and landscapes make the Department one big playground and natural treasure-trove just waiting to be discovered. The ski resorts and villages are well-known for the high-quality of the well-maintained and secure areas set aside for winter-sports enthusiasts. The undulating landscapes, inviting mountains, paths and trails in Jura embrace all-comers whatever the season: hikers, mountain- bikers and horse riders.