Bugey, natural generosityAn area of such fantastic natural beauty !
Nestled between the River Rhône and the Jura Mountains and traversed by the River Ain, Bugey a stronghold of the French Resistance during World War II, has been inhabited by man since prehistoric times and is the largest of Ain's four regions. It is an area that is made up of wonderful forests, rivers, waterfalls, marshes, lakes, valleys, plateaus and fabulous mountain peaks. As one would expect in an area of such fantastic natural beauty there is vast range of outdoor activities to be experienced. Sailing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, cross country skiing and lots more can all be enjoyed in Bugey. There are also plenty of places of historical interest throughout the region to be visited such as the Abbyae d'Ambronay, the French Resistance Museum and the majestic Château de Varey. Bugey also boasts plenty of places to stay including campsites, gîtes, guesthouses, and charming local hotels that serve the finest local dishes such as quenelle de brochet with Nantua sauce or comté cheese. Not forgetting of course the locally made Bugey AOC wine, that comes in red, white and sparkling varieties.
The Hauteville Plateau is located in the very heart of Ain half way between Lyon and Geneva at an altitude of 850m to 1234m.
The River Rhône flows gently past the southern part of Bugey. Here you will find a rural countryside full of lakes, forests, streams and enchanting waterfalls such as the Cascade de Glandieu.
Wine has been cultivated in Bugey since Roman times. Today there are 68 villages split into 3 separate terroirs, Belley, Cerdon and Montagnieu with a combined total of 500 hectares of vineyards that are allowed to make the various AOC de Bugey wines.
Rising up from the banks of the River Rhône to a height of 1,531 meters is the Grand Colombier, which forms part of the Jura Mountains.
Located in the north of Bugey both Lake Nantua and Lake Genin are places of great natural beauty. Both lakes are very well known for pike fishing as well as swimming in Lake Genin and sailing and waterskiing on Lake Nantua.
The River Ain which gives it name to the départment, rises in Franche-Comté to the north and cuts its way southwards through the foothills of the Jura Mountains in Bugey to the River Rhône.