Saint-amour In The Jura: 5 Ideas For A Romantic Stay
With such an evocative name, the village of Saint-Amour in the Jura sounds like the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. If you don't know what to do there, read our little guide below! We have selected for you 5 ideas of visits or outings for a romantic stay in Saint-Amour and its surroundings.
1- Visit the village
What better way to have a romantic holiday than to declare your love in Saint-Amour?
This small village in the Jura, whose inhabitants are not called the 'Saint-Amoureux' but the Saint-Amourains and Saint-Amouraines, is located in the extreme southwest of the Franche-Comté region.
From the medieval period, when the town was protected by a fortress and ramparts, only the fortifications that surrounded the old castle remain.
The Tour Guillaume, which dates from the 13th to 16th centuries, was once included in the town's fortifications. It is named after the illustrious theologian, Guillaume de Saint-Amour (c1200-1272), a local child who bequeathed his fortune to the poor and was one of the founders of the Hôtel-Dieu.
To explore the village hand in hand, note that a pedestrian tour is available at the Tourist Office. It will allow you to admire the hidden treasures of the village (mullioned windows, sculpted and moulded pediments, statuettes, niches...) and its unmissable monuments.
Don't miss the Old Royal Prisons dating from 1741 and the Apothecary's which houses an astonishing collection of jars, jugs, pitchers and flasks from the 16th, 18th and 19th centuries.
2- Sleep in an unusual cabin
In the town of Véria, less than 15 minutes from Saint-Amour by car, you can enjoy the unusual charm of a Finnish kota that looks like this one:
This wooden cabin has been fitted out with every comfort in the heart of a Jura farm.
An infrared sauna (accessible from October to March) and an outdoor spa (accessible from April to September) have even been installed for the well-being of the occupants.
A great way to spend an unforgettable night in a warm and relaxing setting!
03.84.35.06.12 or 06.50.41.49.78
120€ per night / 450€ per week.
3- Take the wine tourism route
The Jura department is a well-known wine tourism destination and offers many opportunities for wine tasting, especially the famous Jura yellow wine!
With a surface area of 2050 hectares, the Jura vineyards represent less than 0.20% of the total wine-growing area in France, but 96% of its vines produce appellation wines and there are no less than 7 AOCs!
To discover this facet of the region, take the wine tourism road that connects Saint-Amour to Lons le Saunier via the village of Chevreaux and the Gizia lookout!
This 16 km circuit which starts from the Tourist Office of Saint-Amour will allow you to:
=> visit the Castle of Chevreaux
=> go to the belvedere overlooking the Gizia ravine
=> enjoy two wine tastings
=> discover the commune of Beaufort as famous for its wines as for its cheeses
=> join the spa town of Lons-le-Saunier.
4- Book a half day at the spa
Saint-Amour is only 33 km from Lons-le-Saunier, a spa town perfect for enjoying a half day of relaxation and fitness.
The town that the Romans called the 'city of salt' (Ledo Salinarius) is still today an ideal wellness destination to recharge your batteries in the heart of the Jura.
Come and enjoy the modern facilities of the Thermes Lédonia, a picturesque 19th-century building nestled in the heart of a 7-hectare park.
5- Visit Baume-les-Messieurs
To end your romantic stay in the Jura, it is impossible to miss Baume-les-Messieurs!
This town, which is one of the most beautiful villages in France, is a cultural and natural site not to be missed.
Stroll through this small village of 200 souls nestled in a spectacular retreat! Lose yourself in its narrow streets and admire its abbey, before visiting the two natural jewels of the commune: its famous tuf waterfall and its caves of cathedral proportions...
Whatever the season, the beauty of Baume-les-Messieurs will touch your heart.