Petit Maclu and Grand Maclu in the Quatre-Lacs
Swimming, Hiking and Bicycling
The bright mountain lakes of the French Jura are beautiful, invigorating places to swim and hike. Most of our lakes are of glacial origin and were witness to the last ice age. Human presence in the region is attested to the Neolithic and Bronze Age (-4000/-750) by remnants of lake cities, found especially in Lake Chalain.
Our mountain lakes are long admired. Characterized as"Little Scotland" in the 1825 book, Travel Picturesque and Romantic in Old France, they were designated "must see" for distinguished travellers!
lac de Vouglans (above) lac de Chalain (above right)
Biking is one of the best ways to see the countryside. France is a bike-friendly place and there are many leisurely bike routes in the great vineyards of Burgundy. Paths and lanes wind through various landscapes, picturesque villages and some of the most famous and valuable vines in the world.
For nature lovers, Burgundy offers a path along the Canal du Nivernais, it's most beautiful waterway, with unspoilt villages and pretty countryside along the route.
canal du Nivernais
Middle Age Bridge near Le musee Courbet