Where to stay in the Jura?

Jura Parc régional enneigé

Are you planning your stay in the Jura? Have you thought about booking your accommodation? Here are the best places to stay in the Jura!

Rolling fields, vineyards, mountain ranges: the Jura department is packed with wonderful places to stay. Far off the beaten track, you can still stay close to thick, lush forests, on the shores of lakes or at the foot of mountain peaks. In this region of Franche-Comté, outdoor activities have pride of place: hiking, downhill or Nordic skiing, water sports, caving and even dog sledding… the choice is yours! Many of the villages in the Jura are listed in a number of rankings, including Plus Beaux Villages de France, Cités de Caractère de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Villes d’art et d’histoire. And then there’s Jura’s gastronomy. Vin de Paille and Vin Jaune, of course, but also cheeses like Comté. A real treat after a day out in the great outdoors!

In this exceptional environment, you’re sure to find the accommodation you need. Whether you’re looking for a self-catering cottage, bed and breakfast, an unusual dwelling (yurt, tree house, tipi, caravan…), a hotel in the town center or at the foot of the slopes, a chalet… The people of the Jura are keen to help you discover their region. Friendly service is always a priority. To help you make your choice, we’ve selected a few places to stay in the Jura!

Lons-le-Saunier: entertainment on the agenda

The capital of the Jura département is a strategic location for your stay. Lons-le-Saunier is the hub of the entire region. The town itself boasts a rich historical and artistic heritage. It’s also the birthplace of La Marseillaise and La Vache qui Rit! When you stay in Lons-Le-Saunier, you’ll benefit from a wide range of entertainment and local shops. You’ll also find cinemas, parks, thermal baths and museums to visit. The Jura vineyards, plateaus and lakes are all within easy reach of Lons.

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Salins-les-Bains: a relaxing spa treatment

Jura village Salins les Bains

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Want to combine sightseeing with relaxation? Choose Salins-les-Bains! You can discover the Grande Saline. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it played a major role in the town’s prosperity until the mid-20th century. Today, the town’s most popular attraction is its thermal baths. Easy to get to, you can enjoy a cure lasting several days or simply take advantage of the day’s activities: spa, hammam, jets… From here, you can quickly make your way to Mont Poupet, Fort Saint-André or the banks of the Furieuse river.

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Arbois: a gourmet town

Arbois beau village Jura

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To combine a visit to the wild Jura with a gourmet stopover, head for Arbois. This small, picturesque Comtois town is a Mecca for Jura wine and gastronomy! It’s home to many winegrowers’ houses, and with good reason: it was the first Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in France! You can taste excellent Vins du Jura and wonderful chocolate. Michelin-starred restaurateur Jean-Paul Jeunet also offers tastings of his finest creations. The town where Louis Pasteur was born is ideal for relaxing in the evenings, with walks to the nearby waterfalls, caves or the Planches retreat.

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Château-Chalon: on the wine trail

Jura Château-chalon

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Following the Jura Wine Route? Stop for a night in Château-Chalon! The village is perfect for a wine-tasting stay. The Cité de Caractère is an appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Its Vin Jaune delights connoisseurs of the famous nectar. But this is not Château-Chalon’s only strength. Listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, this Jura tourist mecca offers a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding hillsides. A perched village, it overlooks the Haute-Seille valley, which flows into the remote Baume-les-Messieurs valley. A landscape you absolutely must see!

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Lac de Vouglans and Clairvaux-les-Lacs: sleeping by the water

Lac de Vouglans kayak dans le Jura

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A trip to the Jura is of course synonymous with mountains, forests and valleys. But water is also a major tourist attraction. The lake region is ideal for a variety of pleasures. It’s an ideal base for a wide range of sporting activities in the Haut-Jura. You can go canyoning, caving or mountain biking. On the water side, the 35-kilometer Lac de Vouglans offers a wide range of water sports: swimming, pedal boating, canoeing, stand-up paddling, cruises… It’s a veritable little seaside resort, lively in summer. Clairvaux-les-lacs is home to two smaller, peaceful lakes. Night-time entertainment and craft stores are a delight for the whole family.

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Les Rousses resort: close to the slopes

Jura Les Rousses vue Alpes

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Wondering where to stay in the Jura to be as close as possible to the slopes? Then why not stay at the Station des Rousses! Summer and winter alike, undulating landscapes and lakes await you near the peaks of the Haut-Jura. Nearly 52 kilometers of snow-covered slopes delight sports enthusiasts at the start of the ski season. In fine weather, the flora and fauna flourish and the mountains unveil waterfalls and rivers. Sleeping in the Jura is synonymous with nature, escape and gastronomy. Take the time to enjoy a perfectly mature Comté cheese from Fort des Rousses!

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Dole: a town of art and history

Jura Venise du Jura

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Enjoy a charming stay in the « Venice of the Jura »! The former capital of Franche-Comté, Dole boasts historic architecture not to be missed. Staying in Dole means soaking up the Jura’s heritage. Along its canals, it’s a pleasant place to stroll and take in the sights of the « chat perché » circuit (in homage to Marcel Aymé). Dole is also the most densely populated commune in the Jura (with 23,000 inhabitants), and as such has no shortage of restaurants and shops in its alleyways. Sleeping here is an excellent way to explore the department.

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