Photo credit: City of Mâcon – Patrick Georget//16th century timber-frame house
Deep within the Dombes, France’s third largest area of freshwater wetlands, the Parc des Oiseaux was created by Ain General Council in 1970 and has grown to become the region’s most popular tourist attraction, drawing in around 300,000 visitors every year. Reputed for its superb collection of birds – the largest in the country – the park is also known for the style and quality of the presentation methods used, which take visitors on a fascinating tour through the worlds of ornithology and botany. The park’s unique atmosphere owes a lot to its remarkably successful landscaping projects and to the richness and diversity of the plant species it cultivates. Another of its strengths lies in its originality: every day, over 120 birds of 25 different species take to the skies in an elegant, colourful dance – a sight considered the most beautiful of its kind in the world today.
Photo credit: N. Joly – Les Gets Tourist Office//The village of Les Gets and Mont Blanc in the background
Located between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc at an altitude of 1,200m, Les Gets is a family, mid-range mountain, winter and summer resort which boasts luxury facilities and belongs to the magnificent French-Swiss area of the Portes du Soleil. Besides golf, which can be played on its18-hole course, skiing and mountain biking are its most popular activities, thanks to its 650km of waymarked trails through fir forests and mountain pastures, which are suitable for everyone. One of the region’s most beautiful panoramas can be enjoyed at the peak of Mont Chéry, where the 360° view out across the Mont Blanc and Dents du Midi chains is simply awe-inspiring. Les Gets itself is a charming village which displays the typical architecture of Savoie and which has maintained its traditional lifestyle. A fine example of this is the village’s Museum of Mechanical Music with its rich collection of 19th century instruments.