Besain tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Arbois at 13 km from Besain

Visit Besain: highlights and tourist information

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Besain is situated in the Jura department and Burgundy-Franche-Comté region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Besain in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Popular places to visit nearby include Arbois at 13 km and Chateau-Chalon at 13 km.

Besain, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 13 km (direction )

After exploring the old town centre in Arbois you can visit the scenic Cirque...

See Arbois guide


Most Beautiful Village at 13 km (direction west)

One of the key reasons to visit the pretty village of Chateau-Chalon is its...

See Chateau-Chalon guide


Most Beautiful Village at 14 km (direction west-south-west)

The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded slopes and...

See Baume-les-Messieurs guide


at 18 km (direction north-north-east)

The salt mines at Salins-les-Bains operated from the 13th - 20th century and are...

See Salins-les-Bains guide


at 22 km (direction west-south-west)

Lons-le-Saunier is a traditional local town of the Franche-Comté region, well placed to explore...

See Lons-le-Saunier guide
Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

Heritage Site at 28 km (direction west-south-west), in the Doubs department

The Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans is an entire factory and living spaces that were...

See Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans guide
Chateau de Cleron

Chateau de Cleron

Castle at 39 km (direction north-east), in the Doubs department

The gardens of the Chateau de Cleron can be seen next to the Loue...

See Chateau de Cleron guide


at 41 km (direction north-west)

The Collegiale Church that dominates the town skyline is the principal attraction in Dole,...

See Dole guide


at 44 km (direction north-east), in the Doubs department

The highlight of your visit to Ornans is the section along the Loue river,...

See Ornans guide


at 45 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

Pontarlier is usually visited as part of a trip to enjoy the local scenery...

See Pontarlier guide


Most Beautiful Village at 45 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

Lods is quite small but very pleasant to explore, in particular the village along...

See Lods guide
Chateau de Joux

Chateau de Joux

Castle at 45 km (direction east), in the Doubs department

The Chateau de Joux is an imposing clifftop castle with a 1000 year history...

See Chateau de Joux guide


at 46 km (direction east-north-east), in the Doubs department

The small village of Mouthier-Haute-Pierre is well placed to explore the source of the...

See Mouthier-Haute-Pierre guide


at 55 km (direction south-east), in the Ain department

A pleasant 19th century spa town, Divonne-les-Bains also now has a leisure lake and...

See Divonne-les-Bains guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Jura

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Map of places to visit near Besain


Markets in and near Besain

  • Champagnole: market Saturday (10km)
  • Arbois: market Friday (13km)
  • Lons-le-Saunier: market Thursday all day (23km)
  • Clairvaux-les-Lacs: market Wednesday (24km)
  • Bletterans: market Tuesday (27km)
  • Levier: market Wednesday (31km)
  • Morez: market Saturday all day (34km)
  • Dole: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (41km)
  • Pierre-de-Bresse: market Monday (42km)
  • Saint-Germain-du-Bois: market Saturday (42km)

More information about Besain, Franche-Comte

Tourist attractions near Besain, France

What to do at Besain? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Besain.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Jura (41km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay (20km)
  • Jardin à la Faulx (41km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Source - la Seille (8km)
  • Lac de Chalain (13km)
  • Lac de Chambly (16km)
  • Cascade de la Billaude (16km)
  • Lac du Fioget (16km)
  • Confluence - Le Hérisson (17km)
  • Forêt de la Joux (17km)
  • Lac du Vernois (17km)
  • Lac du Val (18km)
  • Gorges de la Lemme (18km)
  • Lac de Narlay (18km)
  • Lac d'Ilay (19km)
  • Lacs de Maclu (19km)
  • Source - Le Hérisson (23km)
  • Lac de Bonlieu (23km)
  • Lac de l'Abbaye (30km)
  • Lacs d'Étival (31km)
  • Lac des Rousses (39km)
  • Cascade de la queue de cheval (45km)
  • Lac de Lamoura (46km)
  • Gouffre de Poudrey (54km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Besain is in the east of France at 22 kilometres from Lons-le-Saunier, the department capital (general information: Besain is 345 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Besain

Canton: Poligny

Arrondissement: Lons-le-Saunier

Department: Jura

Region: Franche-Comte

New region: Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Postcode: 39800

Distance to Besain

from Lons-le-Saunier (prefecture): 22 km

from Paris: 345 km

from Calais: 545 km

from Nice: 362 km

from Bordeaux: 539 km

from Strasbourg: 248 km

Getting here

Most visitors drive via Paris (from the north and west) or via Lyon (from the south), or fly into Geneva to the south For driving distances to Besain from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chamole, Chaussenans, Crotenay, Fay-en-Montagne, Le Fied, Molain, Montrond, Picarreau, Valempoulieres and Vaux-sur-Poligny.

This page in French: Visiter Besain