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Camping at the gates of the Ain and the Dombes

Just in front of the campsite, the Saône course materializes the border between the departments of the Rhone and Ain. The Saône Valley also marks the western boundary of the Aindinois territory of the Dombes, a rich natural area whose first ponds are accessible from the campsite in the Rhône Les Portes du Beaujolais in less than 20 minutes.

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Camping in the Ain

Introducing the Ain near the campsite.

Composed of the historic territories of Bresse, Dombes, Bugey and the country of Gex, Ain has a rich historical and natural heritage to discover. Between the Royal Monastery of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse, the medieval city of Pérouges, the halls and half-timbered houses of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne or the abbey of Notre-Dame des Dombes in Plantay, several Aindinose sites attract visitors every year. Many.

Ain is also rich in diverse natural environments, whose landscapes are closely linked to centuries-old rural and agricultural traditions: from the Bressans groves to the Dombes ponds, the large Miribel-Jonage park, the Cerdon caves or the famous Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park, the Natural sites in the Ain offer many opportunities for green outings and outdoor recreation. If the Ain extends east to the Haute-Savoie and as far as the Swiss border, several must-see sites are located near the Portes du Beaujolais campsite:

Top 6 things to do in ain

  • The royal monastery of Brou, sometimes nicknamed for its luxuriance the « Taj Mahal Bressan ».
  • The flowery medieval village of Perouges,also famous for its sweet patty.
  • The charming city of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne,with its medieval heritage and unique Renaissance.
  • The Caves of Cerdon,an archaeological site and a prehistoric recreation park.
  • The Valserine, the most inescapable of the wild rivers of ain, its gorges, waterfalls, giant pots and natural bridges.
  • Châtillon market on Chalaronne, ranked in the most beautiful markets in France.
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7 "Meetings and Discoveries" itineraries to explore Dombes and more

Treviso, capital of the principality of Dombes
Ars, city of the Holy Curé
Between Dombes and Saône
Bourg, discover the capital of Bresse
Villars les Dombes, the bird park
For the pleasure of the eyes and the palate!
Family day between Saône and Dombes


Introducing the Dombes near the campsite

On the west bank of the Saône, a few kilometers from Trevoux, the former capital of the principality of Dombes, Les Portes du Beaujolais is an ideally placed destination if you are looking for a campsite in the Dombes and Ain. With 1100 ponds dug in the Middle Ages to drain clay and promote fish farming, the Dombes territory offers a preserved natural environment rich in biodiversity.

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Le Plantay in la Dombes
Landscape of the Dombes
Villars Dombes Station
Church Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Villars Dombes
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Villars les Dombes

A fisherman’s paradise, the Dombes is also an ideal area for simple walkers and green walkers. From medieval villages to ponds and remarkable buildings to museums, the Dombes territory offers many discoveries. In addition, Dombes is classified as Natura 2000.

Top 5 things to do in Dombes

  • Trevoux: a village ranked as one of the « Most Beautiful Detours in France », the former capital of the principality of Dombes, which retains an amazing octagonal and polychrome dungeon from its medieval past and fortress.
  • The Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park, the most visited tourist site in Ain, on 35 hectares for more than 300 species of birds.
  • The Cistercian abbey Of Notre-Dame-des-Dombes in Plantay, built in the 19th century in a neo-Byzantine style.
  • The ornithological reserves of the ponds of Villars, Saint-André-de-Corcy, Valeins or Versailleux, and their observatories.
  • The miniature train museum in the medieval village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, with railway entertainment on 1 km of rails.
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