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Sharing a border with Switzerland, Haut-Doubs is a mountainous region with an altitude exceeding 800 meters. The climate is harsh, and the winters are long.
In winter, skiers discover a nordic ski paradise and the beauty of its preserved wilderness. The famous "Transjurassienne" (cross-country ski race) is a major event in the area, with thousands of participants racing on 76 km (47.5 miles) between the villages of Lamoura and Mouthe.
Summer is just as attractive a season as winter, thanks to the many lakes and rivers where swimming, sailing, canoeing, canyoning and fishing can be enjoyed.

The red and white Montbeliarde dairy cow was bred in the Doubs. Thousands of cows spend the 4 months of summer in the alpine meadows and come back in the fall, forming a traditional parade in some of the villages.

The region offers a variety of products: cheeses, alcohol, cooked pork meats (delicatessen), gingerbread in Mouthe, and honey. The local gastronomy offers such specialties as the smoked sausage of Morteau.
The gentian is the symbolic flower of the Doubs plateau, and it can be found throughout the summer in the pastures. The height of the stem (reaching as high as 1m50) is believed to predict the harshness of the winter to come. The properties of its bitter roots have been known for a long time and, throughout the entire Haut Doubs region, from Pontarlier to Chapelle-des-Bois, the local distilleries produce excellent aperitifs and liquors from it.

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  Haut-Doubs Towns and cities  

Morteau

A small town at the crossroads of Besancon, Pontarlier and Switzerland (10 km away), Morteau is located in a large valley along the Doubs River. Morteau is mainly known for its clock-making industry but it is also famous for its smoked sausage called Saucisse de Morteau and the chocolate manufacturer, Klaus.
In the winter, Val Morteau offers trails and slopes for cross-country and downhill skiing... more info

Montbenoît

Capital of the tiny Saugeais Republic, a folkloric republic declared in 1947, which includes 11 villages in a valley alongside the Doubs River. The village of Montbenoit is dominated by its abbey, which dates back to the 11th Century. The vast cloisters were added in the 15th Century. The carved wooden choir stalls are remarkable... more info

Pontarlier

At the foot of the Jura mountains, near Switzerland, Pontarlier is the capital of the Haut Doubs region. It is officially recognized as the most dynamic town of the area and offers many important cultural and sporting events... more info

Les Fourgs

This village, at an altitude of 1,150 meters, is the highest in the Doubs department. In the summer, it is the best place for hiking, mountain biking and discovering the various fauna and flora.
The "sentier des bornes" is a network of trails, located astride the border with Switzerland. Some 10 markers explain the environment and reveal the historic and natural wealth of the region.
In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are a delight... more info

Two Lakes Valley, St-Point and Remoray

The valley connects 12 villages located along the lakes and forests. Malbuisson is a peaceful lakeside resort in a valley enclosed at both end by mountains.
It is a favorite site for amateur or experienced fishermen and an ideal spot to get familiarized with a water sport such as sailing or windsurfing.
Numerous festivals and outdoor activities are offered.

Metabief Mont d'Or

A resort made up of 6 villages at the foot of Mont d'Or, reaching its highest point at 1,463 meters. In both summer and winter, the mountain brings life to these villages, offering everyone opportunities to enjoy numerous sports and activities.
It annually hosts the French mountain bike championship on its special trail and is recognized as a national mountain bike site... more info

Val de Mouthe/Chapelle-des-Bois

A mixed landscape of meadows and fir trees, ranging from 920 m to 1,420 m in altitude, and part of the Haut-Jura natural regional park. The Doubs River rises near Mouthe, one of the 13 villages forming the Val de Mouthe.
In winter, it is one of the most important cross-country skiing domains of Europe with 150 km of marked trails. Mouthe is the arrival place of the famous Transjurassienne ski race... more info

 
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