The rolling, wooded, limestone mountains of the Jura form a natural border with Switzerland. A fascinating region that retains its rich, rustic charm; glorious gorges, fairy tale forests, serene lakes and plunging valley waterfalls at practically every turn.

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.

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"Lovely location fab weather." Sisk from on the park

Your Regional Specialist Caroline

"Jura offers families all they could want for a holiday, with our campsites in the region providing loads of fun activities, and parents will have plenty to do, too! Of course, venturing out into the region you'll find even more landmarks, restaurants, fun events, and activities, so be adventurous in this beautiful and rustic region of France."

Hidden Gem: Besançon Citadel

The walls of the citadel lie 100 metres above the town near to the River Doubs. The walls are up to 20 metres high and 6 metres thick. It offers visitors spectacular views over the old town of Besançon and surrounding areas.

Old Favourite: Dijon

During May to September you can hire kayaks along the river. Enjoy the mountains and undulating plateaus which stretch across this region, a great way to get tranquillity away from the crowds.

Local Cuisine: Comte cheese

Local to the Jura region, Comte cheese is made from unpasteurized cows milk and has the highest production of all French cheese, over 40,000 tonnes a year. It's also rather tasty. 

What to See: Grande Cascade

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).

Festivals & Events: Festi'caves

A music and wine tasting event happening on the third weekend in July in Arbois, the capital of Jura, famous for its gastronomy. The musicians are experts and this is a real treat.

Cities and Sights: Nature 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.