Our 6 must-sees in the Pays de Gex give you a glimpse into the heart of our region! Culture, sport, nature, and well-being…
Pays de Gex is a magical place that’s sure to provide you with unique and unforgettable experiences!   

1 - Fort l’Écluse in Léaz

Visit an exceptional military fort built into the mountainside and carved into the rock! This amazing monument overlooking the Rhône River is the witness to centuries of military architecture! Its 1,165 stone steps, linking the upper and lower forts, are undoubtedly the highlight of your discovery. Are you ready to take on the challenge and be amazed by the view that lies ahead?

If you are an adventurer, combine your visit to the Fort with the Fort l’Ecluse Aventure tree climbing course: a monkey bridge, a zip line and a labyrinth await you!

2 - CERN in Meyrin

Dreaming of unlocking the mysteries of physics and science?

Well we have good news for you! CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) makes it possible! But what exactly does it do? Located on the French-Swiss border, its aim is to discover the make-up and laws of the universe and more generally fundamental physics. Intriguing, isn’t it? If you want to know more about CERN, join the guided tours or visit the free permanent exhibitions!

Visit the Globe of innovation and the Universe of Particles exhibition! You’ll be amazed!

3 - Voltaire’s castle in Ferney-Voltaire

The Enlightenment century is waiting for you! Put on your finest dresses and suits to head off and meet Voltaire.

You will visit the philosopher’s home, which he acquired in 1759. He lived there for about twenty years and wrote many books, including the incredibly famous Dictionnaire philosophique. In addition to discovering a house filled with history, you will have access to a wooded park of more than 7 hectares. Here you will find a real green setting. You won’t want to leave!

4 - Divonne-les-Bains

Looking to relax or do you need to relax? If so, Divonne-les-Bains is for you! Set in an unspoilt setting, just a stone’s throw from Geneva, this spa town has earned an undeniable reputation for its pure waters with their beneficial properties! This spa offers you an ideal environment to take care of yourself and to renew your strength thanks to numerous leisure activities. You can enjoy a 45-hectare lake, a water sports centre, an 18-hole golf course, a casino, a racetrack, etc.

So many ideas to spend a pleasant stay in this charming, dynamic, and family-friendly town.

5 - The Col de la Faucille

The most fun leisure spot in the whole region, featuring a wide range of activities! Hikers, strollers, walkers, follow our gorgeous panoramas signposted itineraries! If you are more into leisure and sensations, don’t worry, the Col de la Faucille will entertain you as it is meant to. Test the steepest zip line in France or the slide on rails, with its 360° bumps and twists.  Fun and laughter await you, with family or friends! Tree climbing, mini-golf, paintball, horse-drawn carriage rides and donkey rides will also brighten up your day. We warned you, it is impossible to get bored at the most fun leisure spot in the region!

6 - The Monts Jura resort

Nestled in the heart of a pristine natural environment, with fir and spruce trees and facing one of the most beautiful panoramas in Europe, enjoy the charm of a family resort on a human scale!

During your winter stay, savour the simple pleasures: a hot cocoa on the terrace, a nice snowshoe hike, a ski lesson, a chairlift ride… Here, there are no overcrowded slopes, outrageous prices or endless queues!

And it’s the same in the summer with our exceptional hikes on the Jura peaks! Many other leisure activities to do with family or friends are proposed: zip line, adventure park, mini golf, mountain biking and so on! In the Monts Jura resort, a relaxing break is waiting for you!