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38 campsites in France, Franche-Comté

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Camping de Besançon la Plage

You'll find no noisy entertainment at Camping de Besançon La Plage, so the site is perfect for those looking for peace. This is an urban...

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Camping Domaine de l’Epinette

This site is set in the heart of the Jura, just 5 km from the serene Lac de Chalain. It's charming countryside, with the wooded...

Camping du Bois de Reveuge

Bois de Reveuge is an attractive, spacious site with a total of 320 pitches, including 152 mobile homes located in woodland to one side of...

Camping Sous Doriat

Camping Sous Doriat is a delightful small family run campsite on the outskirts of the village of Monnet-la-Ville. It is surrounded by meadows and hills...

Camping le Moulin

Patornay is a pleasant village just by the River Ain where it starts to widen on its way to the Lac de Vouglans. This well...

Flower Camping les Trois Ours

This pretty and well cared for site is in a pleasant location at the edge of the Forêt de Chaux. The adjacent River Loué will...

Camping Caravaning de la Forêt

In the heart of the Jura Mountains and one of the largest fir forests in Europe, between Doubs and Loue , you will be charmed...

La Roche d’Ully

Situated in the heart of the Jura mountains and close to historic Ornan, La Roche d’Ully is a spacious, attractive and modern site, surrounded by...

Domaine le Chanet

Located in the heart of the Jura in the Loue valley on the edge of historic Ornans, this traditional site is on a fairly steep...

Camping l’Etang des Forges

Belfort (known as the City of the Lion) is a historic fortified town with much history. Although 178 pitches are marked out, this very spacious...

Camping la Plage Blanche

Huttopia La Plage Blanche is located in the Jura, by the rippling waters of the River Loue. This spacious eight-hectare site has 218 pitches (17...

Camping les Bords de Loue

This spacious campsite, beside the river Loue, enables canoeing, boating and fishing to be enjoyed directly from the site. It is also at the western...

Camping des Pêcheurs

Des Pecheurs has the advantage of being in the town and within walking distance of all its services. It is also a fairly level site...

Camping la Favière

La Favière is a small, terraced site nestled within the Forêt du Mont Noir, close to the Swiss border. Access to it is via the...

Camping de Boÿse

New owners have just taken over this site and intend to make many changes during the coming year. Access to this site is excellent, and...

Camping la Marjorie

La Marjorie is a spacious site set on the outskirts of the spa town of Lons-le-Saunier with a long season. Bordering one area of the...

Camping Capfun Les Fuvettes

High in the Jura and close to the Swiss border, les Fuvettes is a well established family site beside Lac Saint Point. The 306 reasonably...

Yelloh! Village Fayolan

This large, spacious site is modern and well equipped. Backed by wooded hills, it is situated on the shores of Le Petit Lac amid the...

Camping des Ballastières

Within easy reach of the historic town of Belfort, les Ballastières opened in 2008 in private ownership, but it is now run as a municipal...

Camping les Vignes

Arbois, the town where Louis Pasteur spent much of his life, lies in Jura, a region famous for its wines, cheeses and centuries-old salt production...


Located to the south of Alsace, the historic province of Franche Comté boasts a varied landscape ranging from flat plains to dense woodlands, rugged dramatic mountains and limestone valleys.


A little-known area of France, Franche-Comté has retained an atmosphere of unspoilt nature and uninterrupted tradition, making it a fascinating place to visit. Tucked against the Swiss border, guarded by the undulating Jura mountains and sparsely populated, it is an ideal region to escape the pressures of everyday life. Its villages present an idyllic picture of stone cottages, winding lanes and medieval churches, and many afford stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

The capital, Besançon, sits comfortably in a loop of the River Doubs and is a vibrant city with a burgeoning music scene, a keen interest in the arts and a list of monuments to rival the greatest cities. The Granville Palace, cathedral and Astronomique Horloge are all must-visits. Still, the smaller features give Besançon such a charming character: fountains fill squares with the sound of trickling water, and the bookshops and cafés offer residents the perfect spot to watch the world go by. The Citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to several fine museums.

Providing the chance to explore untouched valleys, sun-dappled forests, and beautiful villages, a walking or cycling trip to Franche-Comté gives the sense of uncovering a secret and precious jewel to all who venture there. Franche Comté is really made up of two regions. The high valley of the Saône is wide, gently rolling farmland with a certain rustic simplicity. At the same time, the Jura mountains are more rugged, with dense forests, sheer cliffs, craggy limestone escarpments and torrents of clear, sparkling water rushing through deep gorges. It is for this thrilling scenery that Franche Comté is best known. A paradise for nature lovers, there are endless opportunities for hiking, cycling and caving, with some skiing in winter. The streams and lakes provide world-class fishing, while more therapeutic waters can be found in spa towns such as Luxeuil-les-Bains, Salins-les-Bains and Lons-le-Saunier.

The region has a rich architectural heritage dating from many different periods and features medieval abbeys and châteaux and a poignant chapel in memory of the war. Roman remains, fortresses perched on cliff tops and elegant spa towns can all be explored at leisure. The region’s position, bordering Switzerland and close to Germany, is reflected in its culture and the great diversity of architectural style in the many fine buildings.


Places of interest


Arbois: Pasteur Family Home and Museum; Museum of Wine and Wine Growing.

Belfort: Sandstone lion sculpted by Bartholdi; Memorial and Museum of the French Resistance.

Besançon: Citadel with good views over the city.

Champlitte: Museum of Folk Art.

Dole: Lovely old town, Louis Pasteur’s birthplace.

Gray: Baron Martin Museum.

Luxeuil-les-Bains: Tour des Echevins Museum.

Ornans: Gustave Courbet birthplace, museum.

Ronchamp: Chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut de Ronchamp designed by Le Corbusier.

Salins-les-Bains: Salt mines and tunnels.

Sochaux: Peugeot Museum.


Cuisine of the region

Freshwater fish such as trout, grayling, pike and perch are local specialities. The region has a rare wine known as vin de paille as well as vin jaune (deep yellow and very dry) and vin du jura, Jura wine.

Brési: Water-thin slices of dried beef; many local hams.

Gougère: Hot cheese pastry based on the local Comté cheese.

Jésus de Morteau: Fat pork sausage smoked over pine and juniper.

Papet jurassien: Orange blossom tart.