In reply to mostly harmless: I spent last week in the Jura, mostly day walks although some sightseeing as my partners not able to walk much at the moment. The most alpine part is the Crete du Neige which I walked up from Lelex & took a detour to the slightly lower summit of the Reculet. I'd recommend this as a good day with (if you are lucky) views over Lake Geneva to Mt Blanc. The cable car from Lelex would make this much shorter but I think it only operates at weekends in the summer. There are also some obvious walks from the nearby Col du Faucille which you can drive to.
On a more sightseeing theme, the saltworks at Salin are worth a visit
The guide book I've used for visits is Michel Blant's "Le Jura - Les paysages, la vie sauvage, les terroirs" but its a guide to the natural history rather than a walking guide.
In reply to mostly harmless: Thinking back to other visits, a couple of other places I've enjoyed included
- les Cascades du Hérisson - a series of waterfalls in a gorge which can be accessed from above, below or near its mid point.
- Baume les Messieurs - former monastery in limestone cirque
Also good cheese & wine to taste (& visit vineyards & 'fruitières if that interests you).
In reply to mostly harmless: My partner refuses to camp so we've always stayed in B&Bs, cheap hotels, etc. But as we've always found a room very easily, even last week which is the busiest period of the French summer holidays. I guess camp sites would be similar.
In reply to mostly harmless:
Hi Just come back from the Jura area we camped at Labergement-Sainte-Marie www.camping-lac-remoray.com
It is a basic nice campsite by the lake with plenty to do in the area. The area is quite high at 1000m so presume summer is quite short but a stunning area
Some nice walks in the Mont d'O area with views onto Mont Blanc and Swiss Alps
We went to the les Cascades du Hérisson which was like a series of dry stone steps due to a dry summer
Hope you have a good time