Discover beautiful bike tours around Arbois

The Jura is nature at its finest.

Our region is a paradise for cyclists. Countless outdoor activities are possible in every season.

Whether you are a casual rider or a confirmed rouleur, you will always find a road that fits your level. Starting from the Closerie, with a small mountain at your back and the broad plain in front, you will discover many unique landscapes — rivers to follow, roads to cruise and hills to climb.

If you need a bike, for the day or for your entire stay, our partner Cycles des Salines, will provide the right “fit”, with or without electric assistance.

To get you started on our roads and paths, our Cyclist-in-Chief Florian shares several of his favorite routes. Download specific itineraries to your smartphone and launch.

If you want a different challenge, or have questions, ask Florian or mail him now.

The Tour Malin,
a trip on the plateau

    • Road Bike
    • Duration  — 2H30 / 3H
    • Distance — 37 KM
    • Elevation gain — 500m
    • For confirmed rouleur
    • eBike friendly
    • Views — Nice top views & belvederes
    • Terrain — varied landscapes

Exit Arbois following road signage toward Champagnole / Fer à Cheval. A long ascent (250m of elevation gain) of 40 minutes through fresh forest awaits you — without a very steep slope — on this small mountain flank. You’ll be greatly rewarded for your effort once you've arrived on the plateau. There you’ll find the Fer à Cheval belvedere. Take the opportunity to refresh your body and spirit with this stunning view of nature.

Now that you are on the top, there is no steep climb ahead. Go in the direction of the small village, La Chatelaine, then follow Chilly / Ivory / Salins signage. You will cross a small road in the forest and then cross the field.

At the crossroads, go straight in the direction of Ivory, when you are in this village take the direction of Salins / Pretin. Then enjoy the descent with its breathtaking view of the two forts overlooking this town born of salt. Stay attentive in this descent, you have to turn on your left to join the road to Pretin.

In the Pretin Valley, enjoy the fresh air and sky. After you arrive in Marnoz, a short climb will take you to the Arsures, then Montigny les Arsures – the capital of Trousseau — where you will ride across the stunning vineyards. After this lovely village, a short descent will lead you back home to the Closerie.

Arbois - Arc-et-Senans - Arbois,
a not-so-flat tour

    • Road bike
    • Duration — 2H30
    • Distance — 43 KM
    • Elevation gain — 300m
    • For confirmed rouleur and trained novice
    • eBike friendly
    • Views — Important historical and cultural monuments
    • Terrain — Villages & river
    • Suggestion — A swim in the Loue

Leave Arbois in the direction of Montigny-les-Arsures. Savor the view of the village surrounded by ancient vineyards and then take the route to Les Arsures. Follow the direction towards Salins les Bains and catch the impressive view of the famous Mont Poupet. Turn left at Aiglepierre, a peaceful village you will cross en route to Pagnoz.

Take the route toward Mouchard. You will quickly encounter a roundabout where you can pick up the bike lane to Port-Lesney. In the summer, we suggest you take a quick dip in the river ! For the cinephile who has seen  Claude Chabrol’s La Ligne de Démarcation, you may recognize some parts of this village…

Then, follow the route in the direction of Buffard – another lovely village by the river with houses of old stone. Take the exit on the left, a small road that passes by the Moulin de l'Arnaud known for its incredible flours. You will then join the main road leading to Arc-et-Senans. Take time to stop and admire the monumental site of Saline Royal designed by Nicolas Ledoux in the 18th century.

On your return to Arbois, you will pass by Cramans, Villers-Farlay and make a very peaceful ride to Villeneuve-d'Aval through a small forest. Or, if you feel you still have good legs, follow Chissey, Montbarrey, Ounans, La Ferte and put in a few more kilometers across the plain.

Le Tour des Vignes,
to the source

    • Road Bike
    • Duration — 1H30
    • Distance — 17 KM
    • Elevation gain — 200m
    • For casual rider
    • eBike friendly
    • Views — The famous Pasteur vineyard
    • Terrain — Classic Arbois region

Cross Arbois via a small back street to reach the Canoz Tower, a beautiful old building surrounded by vineyards. Here you can ascend the tower to admire the view of the town of Arbois.

Back on your route, cross the vineyard of Louis Pasteur to reach Montigny-les-Arsures and finally arrive at Zuave Coco Tower, where you will have yet another a magnificent view of the vineyards surrounding Arbois.

Take in the lovely limestone that makes up the village of Montigny and descend to Arbois via Vauxelles. After arriving in town, go to the river Cuisance and follow it in direction of the village Les Planches. Go straight until you reach the Waterfall of the Tuffs. Here, take a long deep breath of the fresh and cool air the falls create.

If you are attentive on this route des Planches, you will discover a hidden place — the Dérochoir — with an incredible deep blue lagoon and waterfalls. Have a swim if you don’t mind cold water !

Mont Poupet Bike Park,
a unique downhill trail site in the Jura

    • 15 minutes from Arbois
    • 14 KM of shaped tracks
    • One of the best view in Jura
    • Fast, furious

For lovers of trajectories and thrills, a place dedicated to downhill mountain bike is located at Mont Poupet. Fourteen kilometers of carved tracks, for all levels.

More information on Facebook page or at the shop Cycles des Salines.


All-road, gravel rides will be added soon.
If you would like to modify any of these tours, please contact Florian for recommendations. Ask for him at the Closerie or email him to florian[at]closerielescapucines.com
You will find itineraries on the site of Jura Tourism.
 
Contacts
Closerie les Capucines
7, rue de Bourgogne
39 600 Arbois, France
+337 70 09 07 37

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