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DEPARTMENT OF AIN : 01

Blason_Ain L’Ain is part of Rhône Alpes.The name comes from the river flowing through it.

History/Geography
L’Ain was one of the 83 departments created during the French revolution.
Some of its towns and villages passed to the Rhône department in 1967.
The Ain river runs through the department and divides it into 2 distinctive parts.
The first:
-to the west of the river essentially plains, les Dombes, Pérouges, la Bresse
-to the east of the river the landscape is more mountainous with the Bugey in the centre.

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Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne - Dombes (Ain) - © Région Urbaine de Lyon
Climate
The climate is mild.
The Winters are cold but not very harsh, particularly in the north of the department.
The Summers are very warm even too hot towards the lower areas of the department.
There is no great abundance of rain in the area but the wind can be fierce at times.

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Pérouges, village médiéval de la Dombes (Ain) - © Région Urbaine de Lyon
What to do and see
puce Nature:
Les Dombes as an area where nature is very much dominant. There are a great many lakes and ponds, where birds gather on their migratory flight. The 12 000 hectares of ponds are used today to breed fish.
Visit Villars les Dombes with its 23 hectares of bird park and 2 000 species of birds.

The area of Gex represents nature itself. The landscapes are superbly lush due, in part, to the water that is ever present. The area is part of the Jura regional nature park.

puce Activities:
Fishing is a great sport in les Dombes.
In the Bugey area there are many lakes popular for fishing, swimming and skating.

puce Sightseeing:
Pérouges is one of the most beautiful villages of France with its 15th and 16th century buildings. The inner protection wall and its 2 towers have been very well preserved and give the town a special charm.

Further north you have the Bresse area with Bourg-en-Bresse and its gothic architecture and Romanesque churches.
The real charm of the region lies in the traditional farming used to raise the famous white “poulet de Bresse”.

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