At the gates of Lyon and Geneva, near Macon, Ain benefits from a strategic location. Crossed from north to south by the river of the same name, this department extends from the plain to the foothills of the Jura, with a low altitude plateau, cluses and valleys, culminating in the Crêt de la Neige, at an altitude of 1,720 m. This charming region is known for its typical geographical regions: Bugey, Dombes, Bresse and Pays de Gex. There is something for everyone here! The subtle flavours of Bresse poultry, the only ones with a PDO, a rich heritage with prestigious buildings including the royal monastery of Brou or the jewel of the medieval village of Pérouges, preserved nature, particularly remarkable in the unique ecosystem of the Dombes, refuge of the avifauna. No major cities in the Ain: the capital, Bourg-en-Bresse, has just over 40,000 inhabitants, but a network of charming villages. Discover fertile land, laughing landscapes, good restaurants, a network of lakes and wetlands, the famous Bird Park or even one of the seven alpine ski resorts. In the department of Ain you can also fish, play golf, ride a horse or bike, go by dog sleigh, hike.... And why not a little wellness cure in Divonne-les-Bains? Your tour guide will help you to plan a route according to your preferences.

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When to go to the Ain? While gourmet events take place all year round, the stars of all categories remain the turkey and the Bresse capon... of Christmas! It is the high season tourist and gastronomic. In winter, when the snow is there, you can put on your cross-country skis. For ornithological observation in the Dombes ponds, spring and autumn are the most suitable. As soon as the weather is fine, it's time to go hiking on the Jura trails. And all year round, you can immerse yourself in the Middle Ages by visiting Perrouges.

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When to go to the Ain? While gourmet events take place all year round, the stars of all categories remain the turkey...
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The Ain is subject to a temperate and rather humid climate, with some nuances. Winters are colder in the Haut-Bugey a...
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