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Hiking, biking, and boat trips in summer. Snowshoes or cross-country skis in winter. Choose how you will get around and then set off on a natural getaway set against grand yet peaceful landscapes of one of the major tourist routes that wind through Franche-Comté.
Crossing the Jura, river trips on the Doubs or Saône, EuroVelo 6: choose your route and see the Franche-Comté from a different point of view!
Franche-Comté boasts a surprising natural heritage and is shaped by its mountains and rivers. Its contrasting geography simply can’t be ignored as it dictates the pace of life in the region. Saône and Doubs form a double spinal column, crossing the region diagonally. The mountain slopes flesh out the terain, especially the Jura Mountains that stretch over 200km from north to south, and form a natural bride between Franche-Comté and Switzerland.
People have learned how to take advantage of this contrasting landscape to enjoy a range of activities that are the perfect way to get away from it all in the open air.
Two major tourist routes have been developed around water and mountain, the two major natural components that characterise the region: the Grandes Traversées du Jura (the Great Jura Trails), an iconic mountain route that can be followed on foot, bike, mountain bike, horseback, cross-country skis, or snowshoes, and EuroVelo 6, a major European bike route that contours the Doubs and the Canal connecting the Rhône and the Rhine, and boasts outstanding and safe routes along the water’s edge.
If you want to get even closer to the water, embark along the Doubs or Saône, two navigable rivers that meander through hundreds of kilometres of superb natural scenery, attracting visitors from around the world!