Office de Tourisme des Coteaux du Jura
Office de Tourisme des Coteaux du Jura

Salt water is at the origin of the capital of the Jura.

In the Middle Ages the economic activity develops but the well suffers serious damage and the exploitation stops until the XVIII th century, when Jean Lallemant orders the building of  new saltworks in Montmorot (near Lons).   Only their monumental porch remains and can be seen along the road to Lyon.

However the spring lédonia has found another use.

In 1892 thermal baths were built , surrrounded by a large park. The city would be a spa. The park, designed by H. Michel, is inspired from other classical thermal parks built in the late XIXth century. The architecture of the buildings is picturesque,  the focus being a central porch with columns. Since then the city has been a place for adults or children who need to take waters or for anybody who wants to keep fit or relax.


A city where life is nice and cool.

Not only the art of living is favoured in Lons. The town centre, the main square and the shopping street with its 146 arcades are very busy and the « House of the Laughing Cow » promises an original and playful visit.

Last ( but not least), Lons is beautifully situated, surrounded by the wine-growing region, the plain (La Bresse and its ponds) , the first plateau and the lake district.


Lons and its mystery.

The administrative centre of the area was the birthplace of some famous people : Rouget de Lisle, author of the French national anthem La Marseillaise, Paul-Emile Victor, ethnologist and explorer, Bernard Clavel, writer, Jean Amadou , humorist…

The most famous may be the Laughing Cow and nobody ever gave the answer to the question : But why is it laughing ??


Download the map of the town and the stroll through "Vieux Lons".