Anyone been to the Jura Mountains?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Kirstie, 1 Aug 2007.

  1. I'm off to the alps mountain biking in a couple of weeks, and on the way back we want to spend 5 days or so camping somewhere and chilling out. I heard that this area of France (its the south end of the alsace-lorraine region) is a very quiet and beautiful place, and also great for cycling and walking. Has anyone on here been, and if so what would be your recommendations?
  2. lazyfatgit

    lazyfatgit Guest

    Lawrence, NSW
    i've spent a couple of enjoyable days walking there whilst visiting family in Geneva, both in spring and autumn. Never been on the tops in the summer though. i found the walking enjoyable, although my brother-in -law insists in parking as close to the summits as possible, which makes total climb less than i tend to do in scotland. Roads i've been on have all been good, and there seems to be quite a few roadies around. Not sure about mountain biking, although as it's part of a national park i'm sure there are plenty of routes.

    weather seems to be more predictable than in the UK, and when i've been it's been much less windy.

    have a good trip.
  3. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    We did exactly that last year, spent 10 days in the Ardeche/Drome regions and then on the way back we stopped in the Jura for 4-5 days. It was quiet, had good cycling roads and in the area we were in, not very touristy. As a result stopping for lunch became more tricky as there were few shops open during lunch to buy provisions and even fewer cafes. However, our biggest let down was the weather - it rained for most of our stay. I do not have the maps here to pinpoint where we stayed.
  4. Unkraut

    Unkraut Master of the Inane Comment

    Nope, I have never been to that part of France.

    Was that helpful? ;)

    I could, however, recommend Alsace as a region, if you like French cuisine with German sized helpings. It's a bit like the Black Forest but without so many tourists.
  5. OP

    Kirstie Über Member

    I think you're talking about a different Jura there...
  6. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I spent a family, non-biking holiday there about 15 years ago. It was a very nice area (but then most of France is nice!). We were near Clairveaux les Lacs, which had a nice campsite. It may have changed in the meantime though, so don't blame me!
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