Discovering the Pays de Gex
Attached to France in 1601, the Pays de Gex is an isolated territory between the Swiss border and the high chain of Jura in the Lemanic valley, north-east of the department of Ain.
There are two areas:
- The mountain reaching up to 1,720 meters above sea level (at Crêt de la Neige)
- The plain, mainly oriented towards Switzerland.
Rich in history and heritage, this French territory turned to international groups more than 100 nationalities. It offers an exceptional quality of life, multicultural, one of the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc, and of course apartments and villas of exception.
The flagship cities of the Pays de Gex
Ferney-VoltaireWith its castle that was the last residence of Voltaire, this town is a real bridge between France, Switzerland and most European capitals. Its particularity lies in its proximity to Geneva airport, since it allows users to benefit from all its flights via the French sector of the airport just 5 minutes. The city hosts a college and an international high school where children from every corner of the world come together every day. Dynamic and booming, this city will connect you with the entire Pays de Gex. Indeed, many other towns and villages in the area will charm you in more ways than one.
Divonne-les-BainsJust next to the Haut Jura Regional Nature Park, this town of nearly 10,000 inhabitants is one of the most relaxing destinations in the Pays de Gex. With its prestigious establishments (Casino, Golf, prestigious hotel), its lake, its racecourse, its pedestrian circuits, its natural spring, its baths and the bouquet of family activities that the commune proposes, it is a destination must. Directly connected to the Swiss territory, tourists or local are located 10 minutes from the airport, near the shores of Lake Geneva or the cities of Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux etc ...
GexSub-Prefecture of Ain, the city of Gex is a town rich in charisma and history. Known for its cheese "Bleu de Gex", it is 12km from the first ski slopes with the resort of Mijoux-La Faucille and 16km from cross-country ski trails with the Nordic Estate La Vattay - La Valserine.
Saint-Genis-PouillyThe municipality is part of the cross-border conurbation of Geneva. With a population of more than 11,000 inhabitants in 2017, it is one of the ten most important cities in the department of Ain. Saint-Genis-Pouilly is particularly known for hosting many facilities of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), a world-renowned research site to which the municipality owes much of its development since the 1960s. The municipality also hosts an international high school complementing that of Ferney-Voltaire.
Activities in Pays de Gex
Nature is dazzling, summer and winter the country offers a multitude of activities. In winter, the 4 ski resorts Mont Jura are the meeting places for ski lovers. When some wait for the holidays to discover the snowy mountains, the Gessiens have the chance to put on their skis every weekend and even Wednesday afternoons.
Lélex-Crozet, Mijoux-la-Faucille, Menthières, La Vattay-Valserine, 4 stations to discover without moderation.
All year long, the hikes are calls for happy moments with the family, with a break in the pastures to taste the blue of Gex, this delicious cheese from the Haut-Jura plateaux. Fishing lovers are spoiled by the number of rivers and ponds. The region is very touristy and rich of proposals and festivals, the castle of Voltaire, the fort of the Écluse, the CERN, or the sources and the spa of Divonne-les-Bains are some examples.