The Jura (meaning "forest" in Gaulish language) is a beautiful land of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forest and caves. The Jura mountains form a natural border between France and Switzerland (200 Km-125 miles- long) with a maximum elevation of 1,723 m (5 650 feet) at the "Cret de la Neige". They are known for their good hiking and skiing.
The "Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Jura" includes 46 communities.
Cheese, wine and smoking pipe made Jura famous. Many exhibitions are on view to outline the evolution of stone polishing, eyeglasses and smoking pipe manufacturing, diamond and toy productions perpetuated today by traditional artisans through their high quality products.
The architectural and artistic wealth can be seen in each town and village of Jura: houses, churches, castles, archeologic sites remind us of the past, still alive.
A traditional, rustic way of life continues in that most peaceful, relaxing region of France still little affected by tourism.