The village of

Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne (altitude: 364 m, population: 145) is situated in beautiful countryside close to the Doubs/Jura border, at the head of the Lison valley with encircling forested hills. Being some 300 m below the level of the surrounding plateau gives the village a generally favourable microclimate.

Local attractions include a spectacular waterfall and caverns at the source of the river Lison (just a short walk from the house), the Taillanderie museum of rural industry, cave systems and hiking and biking routes. There is something for everyone, from casual walkers to experienced rock-climbers and speleologists. Sporting equipment (especially climbing gear) can be rented from the Lison Accueil hostel.

Facts about Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne

  • Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne on Google Maps
  • Les Repaires gîte (hostel) web site, a good place to learn about hiking, rock climbing and caving activities in and around Nans (in French)
  • Taillanderie museum of rural industry – well worth visiting! (in French)

Infrastructure, shopping, dining

Public transport is nonexistent here, so having a motor vehicle is essential. Nearest train stations: Mouchard, Frasne, Pontarlier.

The water supply is safe for drinking – no need to buy bottled.

The village restaurant is «Chez Roméo et Patricia» (recommended!), or you can try the Auberge du Pont du Diable just up the hill in Crouzet-Migette – likewise well worth a visit, but do check their website beforehand for opening times.

A dairy store across the road from the village square sells excellent Comté, Morbier and other local cheeses, regional specialities – mainly sweet or alcoholic – as well as bread (baguettes only), and eggs. Only sterilised (UHT) milk is available at the small supermarkets in Amancey and Levier; for pasteurised milk you must go to Salins-les-Bains.

A baker’s van passes through the village six mornings a week.

There is a mailbox in front of the mayor’s office / village hall (collections every weekday morning). Mobile phone coverage (with 4G) is adequate considering the local topology.

The nearest larger supermarkets are in Salins-les-Bains. But you will also find a pharmacy, a bank and a post office in Amancey or Levier. Expect a 15-minute drive in whichever direction.

The region

Quick links – more detail on the following page

Franche-Comté – tourist office website (in English) · Jura – tourist office website (in English) · Doubs – regional tourist information (in English) · Salins-les-Bains – tourist office website (in English), the thermal baths (in French) and the Saline Royale at Arc et Senans (in French and English) · Ornans – community website, local events, nice photo gallery; Gustave Courbet museum (both in French) · Louis Pasteur museums in Arbois and Dole (in French and English) · Besançon – city, tourist office and Citadelle museum websites


Quick links – more detail on the following page

Walking, mountain-biking and caving in the Jura · Rock climbing on the Via Ferrata (with binoculars, activity is easily observable from the house balcony) · Cross-country skiing – info on nearby prepared ski trails at Bolandoz, Levier, Pontarlier... nearest downhill ski resort at Métabief · Summer pleasure-trips on the Coni'fer steam railway between Hôpitaux Neufs und Fontaine Rouge · Cultural events in the Doubs/Jura border region on the community’s shared website