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Franche-Comte Introduction

The remote Jura region between Burgundy and Switzerland with its terrain of wide-ranging uplands and pretty rivers primarily attracts visitors who love nature and fine scenery. Its cultural and gastronomic delights are equally numerous. The former Free County of Burgundy, the present French region of Franche-Comte, is situated between the tourist magnets of Alsace in the north, Burgundy in the west and Switzerland in the east. Its own charms seem to have escaped all but a few connoisseurs. The rural scenery and natural beauties, including romantic waterfalls and streams, are integrated into an extensive network of paths and cycle routes, along with cross-country ski runs and other winter sport facilities. The major feature of Franche-Comte is the French Jura, a 125 mile-long, 40 mile wide section of a hard limestone mountain system that stretches from the upper Rhone as far as the Czech Republic. The highest summit of the range is close to Geneva (Cret de la Neige, 1718m). The eastern part is dominated by rough, windswept plateaux and mountains with broad meadows and dark evergreen forests. Between the parallel-running mountain ridges (monts) there are wide valleys (vals), which are linked by narrower valleys running across the peaks (cluses). Towards the west the Jura range descends gently over rolling plateaux with woods, fields and lakes. Due to the mild climate of the upper Sadne valley, formerly known as Bon Pays, it has always been a scene of agriculture and cattle breeding. Life was easier there than in the mountains, where there was said to be, eight months of snow, two months of wind, but the rest of the year is wonderful. On the western slopes of the Jura, opposite Burgundy's Cote d'Or, wine is produced on a strip about 6 miles wide known as Cote or Vignoble.


Previously for sale in Franche-Comte

Chapelle-Voland,  Franche-Comte,  France
5 Bedroom Detached House

Modern rural home, land 2245sqm facing all aspects, walk to 9-hole golf & Bressian village, A39 15mn, 1hr DIJ, 2hrs GVA & LYS, TGVParis 2.5hrs. The house is on 3 levels each of which is self-contained, with an internal staircase directly linking them. All-round terraces and pathways include accessibility ramps.

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