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Jura Mountains, a paradise for outdoor pursuits

Hiking, mountain biking, cycling, horse-riding, sailing, and swimming... here we present an overview of the different leisure activities available in the Jura Mountains:

Hiking in the Jura montains

Hiking in the Jura montains - ©CRT de Franche-Comté

The Great Jura Trail (GTJ)

A mythical journey through the Jura montains

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A world of opportunities for hiking in the Jura Mountains

Gentle strolls to discover the area or more strenuous hikes: whichever you choose it’s a great way to get a breath of fresh air and get away from it all on signposted paths and routes.

The slopes that are the mountains’ natural asset will delight thrill seekers. Mountain bikers in particular simply cannot miss Métabief, the mountain biking Mecca in the Jura Massif: downhill, enduro/freeride, cross country biking on 170 km of signposted tracks. What more could you ask for? Gentler bike routes are also available where you can take in the panoramic views and enjoy the fresh mountain air at your own pace.

Horse-riders are also catered to: The "Jura Grand Huit" and the recently opened "Grande Traversée du Jura" enable riders to cross the Jura Massif as well as the Jura region. The routes are dotted with cottages and other accommodation options that are adapted to horse-riders.

The numerous lakes and water features, such as Chalain, Vouglans, Nantua, or Saint Point invite visitors to enjoy the benefits of water-sports and swimming in a setting that is a far cry from the coast’s crowded beaches. More adventurous visitors can get a taste of white water. The Jura Massif’s sometimes turbulent waterways such as the Haute Rivière d’Ain, Bienne, Loue, Cuisance, and Doubs are ideal for canyoning, canoeing, or rafting.

But the definite must for mountain lovers are the "Grandes Traversées du Jura" (Great Jura Trail): a network of outstanding long distance routes across the Franco-Swiss mountainrange. On foot, bike, snowshoe, cross-country skis, or horseback! What could be better?