Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Jura, France.
The departement of Jura is located in the east of France in the Franche-Comte region, just north of the Alps. There are few large towns or cities in the area which is mainly known for its natural scenery, spectacular waterfalls, lakes and outdoor sporting activities. There are even a few skiing resorts in the south, where the foothills of the Alps start to rise. Exploring the countryside by car, bike or even on foot, tourists can expect to stumble across traditional, picturesque villages, medieval fortresses and even vineyards.
One of the main towns in the Jura region, and one of the most popular with visitors, is Dole, in the north of the departement. This historic community is well worth a visit as there are several interesting architectural sights, as well as interesting museums. The 16th century cathedral is one of the highlights, along with the Palais de Justice and a number of opulent and extravagant private homes. Louis Pasteur, the scientist, was born in Dole, and his former home is now a museum dedicated to his life and achievements. Art lovers may prefer the town museum which features work by local artists, as well as archaeological artefacts found in the Jura hills. Dole is a pleasant town to just stroll around, with its medieval streets and more open paths alongside the Tanneurs canal.
Serious hikers may prefer more challenging routes than a gentle city stroll, and Jura offers plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, even horse riding or other more extreme sports. The most spectacular scenery is to be found in the east of the region, where the landscape starts to rise towards the Alps. The Joux forest, one of the largest fir plantations in Europe, has a number of hiking and cycling trails, most of which are suitable for all ages and abilities, while further south the walk to the source of the Ain river is a little more challenging, but worth it for the view from the top! The Perte de l'Ain is a spectacular gorge where the Ain river is channelled through a narrow gap, creating a fast-flowing torrent in the spring months or walkers may prefer to take the signposted path through the Langouette Gorges, with their numerous waterfalls, deep pools and high cliffs. Fans of water sports should head to the lakes region where there are several bodies of water, of varying sizes, most of which offer boating, fishing or swimming in the summer months.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Jura? Then below is a selection of gites in Jura and villas in Jura that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.