Ornans, Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne, the Loue and the Lison rivers paint a delicate limestone landscape in green and blue, as if borrowed from local painter Gustave Courbet’s palette, to depict the good life and feeling in the Jura Mountains. It is obvious to say that Courbet painted the sweet land of his birth better than anyone. Ornans and its surrounding areas have celebrated the painter by opening his birthplace home, now the Musée Courbet, and the Ferme de Flagey, which allow visitors to follow in his footsteps along the signposted paths of the “Sur les traces du Courbet” (“In the Footsteps of Courbet”) hike.
Absolutely inspiring, beyond even its Realist master painter, the Loue-Lison valley has also forged the legends of the Vouivre elf and La Dame Verte fairy. There are more legends and fine stories resting in the numerous priories, castles and fortress homes that line the villages such as Mouthier-Haute-Pierre with its Benedictine priory, Lods with its winegrower’s houses and castle, the bridge spanning the Loue at Vuillafans since the 15th century, the feudal castle of Cléron, the cutting tool factory in Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne and others.
Up a Gear and a Century
Slip on your sports shoes as we move towards thrilling, more contemporary sports. Canoe-kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, potholing, Via Ferrata, Accrobranche tree climbing and even spiderjump … the thrills are guaranteed. For a calmer activity still close to the waters of the Loue and Lison, there is of course fishing. If you are keen on fly fishing, this is a real heaven for brown trout.