Chateau-Chalon, Jura: tourism & sightseeing
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Chateau-Chalon is a village to the north of Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura department of Franche-Comte.
The village is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' and is in a very picturesque location at the heart of the Jura wine-growing region.
The village itself, like many in wine-growing regions, has several expensive houses built on the income from the wine trade and still belonging to the wine producers of the region.
The Chateau-Chalon vineyards date back to their introduction by the Romans, and the local, golden-yellow wine is held in very high regard. You will have plenty of opportunities to sample and buy the local product in and around the village.
Being in a raised position, the village has lovely views looking down across the surrounding vineyards. There are several viewpoints and the best is just beyond the church, with far-reaching views in both directions.
The remnants of a 13th century castle in the form of a donjon and the ancient fortified gateway in to the town are the two main 'sights' in the village. There is also an interesting romanesque church in Chateau-Chalon dating back to the 11th century, with an unusual statue of Christ carved in oak.
Take a look at the house opposite the church, an interesting example of the local architectural style and a classified Historic Monument.
The rolling hills of the Jura, with vineyards covering the lower parts and forests on the higher areas, provide endless opportunities to appreciate the scenery around Chateau-Chalon.
Just to the east of Chateau-Chalon we particularly recommend that you visit the village of Baume-les-Messieurs, another pretty village in a scenic setting at the end of a large gorge.
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Chateau-Chalon is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Château-Chalon, Voiteur, Lons-le-Saunier, Franche-Comte, 39210, France || GPS: latitude 46.755, longitude 5.6266
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Source - la Seille: site of natural beauty (5 km)
- Baume-les-Messieurs: most beautiful village (6 km)
- Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay: remarkable garden (7 km)
- Confluence - Le Hérisson: site of natural beauty (15 km)
- Lac de Chalain: site of natural beauty (16 km)
- Lac de Chambly: site of natural beauty (18 km)
- Arbois: town of art and history (20 km)
- Lac du Val: site of natural beauty (20 km)
- Lac du Vernois: site of natural beauty (23 km)
- Lac du Fioget: site of natural beauty (24 km)
- Cascade de la Billaude: site of natural beauty (25 km)
- Lac d'Ilay: site of natural beauty (25 km)
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