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Nantua / Chambéry

Nantua

Nantua

In terms of gastronomy, the city along the lake that carries the same name has become famous for its sauce Nantua based on crayfish that mixes perfectly with the famous “quenelles de brochet” (pike dish). Concerning cycling, the sauce Nantua is like an emulsion of young talents judging by the identity of riders who have won there during the Tour de l'Ain: Wout Poels (2011, 2013), Andrew Talansky (2012), Julian Alaphilippe (2014), Pierre Latour (2015).

Vue sur la ville et le lac, Nantua © Mairie de Nantua

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Sub-prefecture of Ain (01)

Population: 3,700 (57,200 for the 36 communes of the Huat Bugey community of communes)

Specialities: Nantua sauce made from crayfish to go with fish quenelles, Bugey wine (AOC).

Celebrities: Jean-Louis Aubert (singer), Corinne NIogret (biathlon team relay Olympic champion)

Sport: US Nantua-Port Rugby Haut-Bugey, US Nantua (football), Ambition Cyclisme Femin'Ain, Haut-Bugey trail station. Events: Tour de l'Ain (cycling), Grand Colombier granfondos, Fêlés du Colombier climbing challenge

Economy: Caldognetto-Nolo (makers of pike quenelles and Nantua sauce), Seigne Martin (Comté cheese), Etna Pack (luxury packages), Poralu (metal carpentering), Plastics Valley (Europe's number one hub for companies specialising in plastic). Tourism on Lake Nantua and Plateau de Retord (ski, mountain bike, paragliding, climbing)

Heritage: Saint-Michel abbatial church (11th century, with its Delacroix painting and 19th century organ), Museum of the Resistance history, old icehouses in Sylans.

Festivals: Fête de la quenelle sauce Nantua, Une ville en vitrine (annual contest of urban art), British Car Show

Label: Green resort

Signature: Nantua, a certain quality of town 

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Nantua and cycling

Nantua, lying along the lake bearing its name, is known in French cuisine for the Nantua sauce, made from crayfish and ideally served with pike quenelles. In cycling, Nantua makes the best of a young brew if we judge by the names of the riders who won Tour de l'Ain stages there – Wout Poels (2011, 2013), Andrew Talansky (2012), Julian Alaphilippe (2014) and Pierre Latour (2015). It would be difficult to find a more accurate list of promising talent and the 2016 Tour de l'Ain winner in Nantua was no exception. Now riding for Team Sunweb, Sam Oomen is one of the great hopes of Dutch cycling.

Andrew Talansky levant les bras à l’arrivée de la 4ème étape du Tour de l’Ain 2012 © Presse Sports / Etienne GarnierVictoire de Julian Alaphilippe sur le Tour de l’Ain 2014 © Presse Sports / Florian Fortier

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Sub-prefecture of Ain (01)

Population: 3,700 (57,200 for the 36 communes of the Huat Bugey community of communes)

Specialities: Nantua sauce made from crayfish to go with fish quenelles, Bugey wine (AOC).

Celebrities: Jean-Louis Aubert (singer), Corinne NIogret (biathlon team relay Olympic champion)

Sport: US Nantua-Port Rugby Haut-Bugey, US Nantua (football), Ambition Cyclisme Femin'Ain, Haut-Bugey trail station. Events: Tour de l'Ain (cycling), Grand Colombier granfondos, Fêlés du Colombier climbing challenge

Economy: Caldognetto-Nolo (makers of pike quenelles and Nantua sauce), Seigne Martin (Comté cheese), Etna Pack (luxury packages), Poralu (metal carpentering), Plastics Valley (Europe's number one hub for companies specialising in plastic). Tourism on Lake Nantua and Plateau de Retord (ski, mountain bike, paragliding, climbing)

Heritage: Saint-Michel abbatial church (11th century, with its Delacroix painting and 19th century organ), Museum of the Resistance history, old icehouses in Sylans.

Festivals: Fête de la quenelle sauce Nantua, Une ville en vitrine (annual contest of urban art), British Car Show

Label: Green resort

Signature: Nantua, a certain quality of town 

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Sights

Lake Nantua
Originally formed by glaciers, the 141 ha lake is ideal for anglers and swimmers alike. Sheltered amidst limestone cliffs, its waters have shade of green and blue. Swimming, boating, yachting, angling and picnicking as well as playgrounds for the children are among the many activities available at the lake clubhouse

Museum of the Resistance history
Set in the 19th century former jailhouse, it is one of the main museums dedicated to the history of WWII. Thanks to exceptional collections gathered by former members of the Resistance and survivors of Nazi concentration camps, it provides a regional and national overview of the period. Closed for works between 2015 and 2017, it keeps organising exhibitions and events outside of its walls.

St Michel church
The church of Nantua was part of one of the largest Benedictine abbeys of the region with Ambronay and Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey. Its portal is decorated by the most beautiful Romanesque sculptures of the Ain department. Inside can be found The Martyrdom of St Sebastian, a 1836 painting by famous Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix. The other main attraction of the church is its 1847 organ built in the Vosges by Nicolas Antoine Lete.

Cliffs and summits
The limestone cliffs and the summit of the Monts d'Ain (1,127 m) are accessible for everyone to view the lake, the town, the valley and the Mont-Blanc. A flock of chamois can be observed with a bit of discretion.

Haut-Bugey Trail Station
The first trail centre of the Jura mountains settled down in the Nantua area. It completes the offer for treks and Nordic walking and provides 18 circuits, seven of which start from Nantua. Reserved for accomplished sportsmen and sportswomen.
www.hautbugey-tourisme.com

Façade du Musée départemental d’histoire de la Résistance sur la commune de Nantua © BalerianLac de Nantua © Nathalie QuesneyRandonnée dans le Haut-Bugey © Marc ChatelainVue sur le parvis de l’Église Saint-Michel de Nantua © Mfrays

No previous stage
Sub-prefecture of Ain (01)

Population: 3,700 (57,200 for the 36 communes of the Huat Bugey community of communes)

Specialities: Nantua sauce made from crayfish to go with fish quenelles, Bugey wine (AOC).

Celebrities: Jean-Louis Aubert (singer), Corinne NIogret (biathlon team relay Olympic champion)

Sport: US Nantua-Port Rugby Haut-Bugey, US Nantua (football), Ambition Cyclisme Femin'Ain, Haut-Bugey trail station. Events: Tour de l'Ain (cycling), Grand Colombier granfondos, Fêlés du Colombier climbing challenge

Economy: Caldognetto-Nolo (makers of pike quenelles and Nantua sauce), Seigne Martin (Comté cheese), Etna Pack (luxury packages), Poralu (metal carpentering), Plastics Valley (Europe's number one hub for companies specialising in plastic). Tourism on Lake Nantua and Plateau de Retord (ski, mountain bike, paragliding, climbing)

Heritage: Saint-Michel abbatial church (11th century, with its Delacroix painting and 19th century organ), Museum of the Resistance history, old icehouses in Sylans.

Festivals: Fête de la quenelle sauce Nantua, Une ville en vitrine (annual contest of urban art), British Car Show

Label: Green resort

Signature: Nantua, a certain quality of town 

Web sites

L'avant-pays Savoyard

© Philippe Beluze

The Savoyard fore country Natura 2000 sites, which the mid-point of this stage runs along, concentrate a wealth of remarkable habitats such as wetlands, hot and dry grasslands and limestone cliffs. Straddling two biogeographical areas, these sites also host significant biodiversity, including a number of fish and bird species of Community interest, such as the European bullhead, the souffia, the woodcock, and the Eurasian eagle owl.

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-9-nantua-chambery

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