The region is a paradise for hikers and bikers. Several popular walking routes pass directly through Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne; you can find these and further hiking suggestions here. If you prefer exploring on two wheels, check out these tried-and-tested cycling circuits.
The Jura region is riddled with caves – indeed one of Europes’ largest cave systems, the Verneau (pictured above), lies behind the rockfaces overlooking «La Maison Suisse». Proper caving gear is essential (and available for hire at some sites, including Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne).
But there are several tourist-safe grottoes as well (for example, Gouffre de Poudrey pictured above, Grotte d’Osselle, Grotte de la Glacière, Grotte des Planches, Grotte des Moidons) which are perfect for visiting on a rainy day, or to escape the summer heat.
A well-known via ferrata (fixed rope route) overlooks Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne. The village hostel hires climbing gear … or you can observe activity in comfort from the house balcony.
The young and young at heart can experience safe thrills not far away at the acrobatic adventure park just outside Salins-les-Bains. Expect to return home pleasantly exhausted!
The Ecurie des Sources riding stable just a few kilometres away in Eternoz offers training and trekking for all ages and experience levels. Closer still is the Ferme équestre du Pont du Diable at Crouzet-Migette, just up the road from Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne.
The downhill ski resorts also cater to those preferring the Nordic style. There is a forest trail just minutes away near Levier, and it is easy to find other trails in the area.