What to see and do in Nantua, the tourist capital of Haut-Bugey

In the department of Ain, in the south of the Jura massif, Nantua is a must-see destination for lovers of green and cultural tourism. Surrounded by high limestone cliffs, this small, peaceful town full of charm embodies the perfect balance between a preserved nature and a past rich in history and heritage.

A town rich in history and culture

Nantua is a town that has managed to preserve its historical and cultural heritage. Enter the secrets of history from the Middle Ages to the Second World War, illustrious men have left here testimonies of their time. The Romanesque abbey church of Saint-Michel and the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation bear witness to this.

The Saint-Michel abbey church

The Saint-Michel abbey church in Nantua is one of the most imposing buildings in the Ain. The dome of the bell tower reaches a height of almost 30 metres. Founded around 671, the monastic complex belonged for a long time to the Abbey of Cluny. Filled with treasures, the Romanesque church contains a unique painting by the famous painter Eugène Delacroix: "The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian". Also noteworthy is the presence of a historic organ, unique in France, by Nicolas-Antoine Lété. The Renaissance-style Sainte-Anne chapel is also worth a look, as much for the magnificent arches of its vault as for its flamboyant stained glass windows and its stone altarpiece. The rich ornamentation of the central portal is one of the most remarkable in Romanesque Burgundy.

The Museum of the Resistance and Deportation

Located in the former prison of Nantua, in the heart of the town, the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation of the Ain allows you to discover the history of the Second World War and the maquisards of the Haut-Jura. The museum deals with various themes through a collection of objects, posters, uniforms, weapons from the period, everyday objects, films and sound recordings. A fascinating visit to raise awareness of the duty to remember.

Nature, sports and leisure in Nantua

Immerse yourself in a contrasting natural environment! The Jura mountains, valleys, lakes, panoramas, valleys... Nantua is a land of so many landscapes! With a spectacular relief, unusual panoramas and an omnipresent vegetation, one finds there a concentrate of all that nature can offer of more preserved. During their stay at the Nantua campsite, lovers of green tourism will be delighted by the multitude of activities on offer: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing and water sports on the lake in summer.

The favourite of the campsite? The Palin waterfall, located at the entrance of Nantua, is a real jewel of the Haut-Bugey nature. Just before the Bellerive restaurant, park on the right. The waterfall is located on the car park.

The lake of Nantua, swimming and water sports

Surrounded by two mountains, classified as a natural site since 1936, the lake of Nantua extends over some 140 hectares, where the waters vary from sapphire blue to emerald green. In the summer, swimming enthusiasts can enjoy the

What to see and do in Nantua, the tourist capital of Haut-Bugey
The village of Nantua in the Ain

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