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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Ain, France your home away from home

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.

Things to do on holiday to Ain, France

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.

Places to visit on holiday to Ain, France

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.

Weather in Ain, France

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.

Travel to Ain, France

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.

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            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              Guest House #1424134a
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                Chalet #1014253a
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                    Excellent! 4.4/5
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                    Apartment #6072510
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                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                        Multiple rentals Castle #686587a
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                Farmhouse #652254a
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                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1469178
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                                          Cottage #6040707
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                                                    Villa #1426163a
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                                                      Multiple rentals Castle #686587a
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                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      The wonderful vacation

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is warm, confortable and beautiful house. It is locate in the small city. The view is amazing and near the mountains. In the house you can find all necessary thing, whatever you need for comfortable living. Near is the supermarket, delicious restaurant and the locale cheese factory (fromagerie). The polite and nice owner will help you to spend your vacation without any issues. The house is no so far from Nantua, Bourg-en-Bresse, cite de Perouges, Les Cascade du Herisson where you can see beautiful views. Many different hikig trail are around it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      One of our best family holidays.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful family holiday in this very beautiful and rural part of France. Although it was October we (my husband and I and 2 young children) had an abudance of things to keep ourselves entertained for the week and actually felt that it was a perfect time to visit this area if you are looking for a true escape. One of the many highlights of our week included a trip to the historical city of Lyon full of cultural treasures and unique shops especially in 'Le Vieux Lyon" where our children were mesmerized by the abundance of sweet and chocolate shops. A trip to Annecy (an hours drive from the gite ) was another highlight with it's cystal clear lake and mountain views which looked even more stunning in the Autumn light. A town full of character, ambience and regional eateries, it's a must see. On route to Annecy we stopped at the Restaurant, Le Belvedere a La Chambotte which serves tastey regional food while enjoying the stunning views over Le Lac du Bourget. Our other escapades included an easy yet stunning cycle along Le ViaRhona from Chanaz to Belley, a drive to the top of Le Grand Colombier with spectacular views of the upper Rhone valley, a gentle trek through the forest to see Les Cascades de Clairefontaine de Virieux le Grand and a trip to the lovely thermal spa town of Aix-Les-Bains. When we weren't venturing around we relaxed and enjoyed the homely feel of the gite which is very comfortable and warm with the stove fire. Sarah, Claude and their lovely family were so welcoming and made our stay so special. We are very grateful for everything including all your recommendations of must sees, directions, organising bike hire and your fantastic culinary skills, (Sarah's Tartiflette is a must have). A very special thank you to Abby for the children's pony trek on Illico and Thomas and the girls for the Halloween treats!! We highly recommend this gite and we will return ourselves one day!! The Hawkins family, Cornwall
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Very quiet. Rural. Beautiful views.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Comfortable accommodation on edge of Chanay. Great for walking.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016