Holidaymakers looking for a scenic getaway filled with culture and history may like to try Ain in France. It is a beautiful area with lots to do and see within the Rhone-Alps region of Eastern France and is close to the border with Switzerland. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, cottages, gites and campsites.
This area of France offers many opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding with many scenic trails. As well as having many trails for hiking there are ample opportunities for mountain biking, climbing and caving in the region. During the winter there is downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing and sledding available at various destinations in Ain. Visitors wishing to take to the water for a spot of angling can try fishing in The Saone River and other waterways in the department. Swimming, canoeing and kayaking are among the water sports available here. Visitors will find several golf courses in Ain including courses in Bourg-en-Bresse and Le Clou as well as many tennis courts. There are numerous bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from in the cities, towns and villages of Ain, where visitors can get a taste of traditional French cuisine. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from all manner of markets and stores in the region. There are many places to buy gifts and souvenirs and larger stores can be found in the bigger towns and cities such as Bourg-en-Bresse.
There are a number of interesting places to visit in and around Ain including museums such as the Ferme-Musee de la Foret. Visitors will also be able to see a number of historic buildings and churches like Brou, which is an abbey-church or the medieval hilltop village of Perouges. Holidaymakers interested in wildlife should visit the bird sanctuary at Villars-les-Dombes, which has over 400 species of native and exotic birds. The beautiful city of Lyon is just over an hour away by car and has many interesting museums, parks and historic buildings as well as ancient Roman ruins.
This area of France has generally cool winters and mild summers. The warmest time of the year to visit Ain is generally July when the average daily maximum temperature is approximately 27 degrees centigrade. January is the coldest month with average highs of 5 degrees centigrade, although the temperature can fall below zero. The wettest months tend to be August and September with an average rainfall of 9cm.
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) is approximately 80 kilometres away with flights numerous cities in France as well as international destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Rome, Vienna and Zurich amongst others. There are several car rental firms located at the airport including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National / Citer and Sixt, while passengers can also get a taxi from outside the terminal buildings.