19 Properties for sale in Ain, Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes, France

Ain

Located in the northern part of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, between Lyon and Geneva, Ain shares a border with Switzerland. It boasts a varied landscape from the snow-covered peaks of the Jura mountains to the plains of Dombes, and so is a favourite with nature-lovers whether you are looking for mountain hikes and skiing or bird-watching and manmade lakes. Taking its name from the River Ain, the department is largely rural and agricultural with a number of pretty villages to explore.

CAPITAL: BOURG-EN-BRESSE - Located at the western base of the Jura mountains, Bourg-en-Bresse is a quiet, pretty town with a pedestrianised old centre. The church of Notre-Dame is a striking 16th-century building and the Royal Monastery of Brou on the edge of the town is a much-visited national monument.

Average property prices

Ain department: € 192,100

Source: Notaires de France

Access from UK

By air: Lyon

By train: Eurostar to Paris or Lyon and then local trains

By road: Bourg-en-Bresse is 719km from Calais

Climate

Average annual temperature: 6.6°C/16.4°C (Ambérieu)

Average annual rainfall: 1,134.4mm

Average annual sunshine hours: 1,948.3

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A varied natural landscape. With waterways and mountains such as the Rhône canal and Grand Colombier peak, Ain is ideal for nature lovers.

Highlights

Ain is home to one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe, the Parc des Oiseaux in the Dombes plateau which houses more than 2,500 birds including some rare species. Hikers and skiing head to the Jura massif and the highest peak in Ain is Le Crêt de la Neige soaring to 1,720km. The department has one Plus Beau Village, the medieval walled village of Pérouges, a former weavers' settlement on a hilltop overlooking the Rhône River and just 36km from Lyon.

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