Plunge into the heritage of Gray
Your exploration of Gray starts at the remarkable Town Hall. This iconic building from the Renaisssance period of Franche-Comté stands next to bourgeois mansions, setting the tone for the upper part of the town. Take the opportunity to visit the Notre-Dame Basilica to admire the magnificent tree of Jesse, the sculptures done by Grandgirard and the remarkable organ. Just a stone's throw away, inside the royal château, the Baron Martin Museum displays artworks ranging from Antiquity to the early 20th century.
The sumptuous Italian-style theatre of Gray
Your visit isn't over yet as there are still a few surprises in store, including the winding staircase of the Saint Pierre Fourier Tower, the only one of its kind still conserved in France. You'll be amazed by this discovery! Then, head for the Italian theatre, a real little gem with a magical bijou decor that plunges you into the 19th century! The highlight of your heritage tour of Gray!
For a gourmet break …
It's time to replenish your energy before pursuing the adventure!
What better than a delicious meal on the banks of the Saône? Head for the Restaurant La Plage for a meal of good home cooking.
For gourmets, the Mastroquet invites you to try its specialities while enjoying a panoramic view over the river Saône and the stone bridge, or on the terrace of the garden side. The restaurant Le Cratô, in the heart of the town, offers a unique culinary experience combining good local produce and a spirit of togetherness.
For heritage lovers, try the restaurant la Prévôté. Inside a 16th-century private mansion, you'll enjoy a timeless experience in the beautiful dining room featuring a fireplace.
Along the river Saône
Go aboard the Audacieux for an alternative exploration along the Saône! This trip with commentary takes you through a lock and the passionate skipper will tell you the history of the town of Gray and all its little anecdotes.
Cycling along the Saône riverbank
For the more adventurous, go cycling along the "Voie Bleue", a riverside itinerary stretching for more than 700 kilometres between Lyon and Luxembourg. The promise of a safe trip with family or friends in a lush green setting.
Time for a rest in the Gray valley!
Fancy sleeping in a barrel or a Finnish kota? Then head for the Gîte du Parc for a revitalising break with a difference, all amid natural surroundings! Prepare to enjoy a kota grill with your family or friends and a chance to go canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding or cycling.
For a trip into the past, try a unique experience inside a château! In Nantilly, travel back in time to the 19th century by spending a night in this château set in beautiful grounds full of trees and flowers. You'll find this 18th-century château on the banks of the Saône in Rigny, standing in magnificent English gardens, perfect for recharging your batteries during your stay.
Plunge into the 15th century at the Maison Royale, a fortified manor house and listed Historical Monument, which invites you to stay for a while in Pesmes, officially one of the most beautiful villages of France!
A Road-Trip to meet local producers
Prepare for an authentic gourmet road-trip to meet the local producers of the Gray Valley!
First stop: the Brasserie de la Rente Rouge. Beer enthusiast? Or just curious about the brewing profession? Head for Chargey-lès-Gray to learn more about the production stages, taste the different beers and, above all, take some home!
Then, go to Battrans to meet Aurélie and Julien, organic dairy farmers. Here's your chance to chat with them about their work and stock up on fresh produce! For a pleasant final touch, head for Cresancey to visit a goat farm, the Chèvrerie de la Tenise and try their delicous cheeses!
This is how many farmers you can meet in the Gray valley. 100% local cheeses, syrups, biscuits and chocolate, to fill your basket during your getaway in the Gray valley.
Take a stroll in Pesmes, one of the most beautiful villages of France
Built on a rock overlooking the river Ognon, this medieval town unfurls in a succession of streets, squares and alleys dotted with buildings and monuments steeped in history. Here, the architecture tells stories of the work of wine-growers, the glory days of the Seigneury and the epic of the metalworking industry of Franche-Comté… Unveil the secrets of this town of character in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
From Saint-Hilaire church to the Maison Royale via the château, you'll be amazed by the remarkable houses of Pesmes, not forgetting the town's historic gates. Round off your visit on the terrace to enjoy a stunning view over the Ognon.
Pesmes from another angle
For the more adventurous, it's time to embark for an alternative exploration of Pesmes in a canoe or kayak! Indeed, from the river you'll be able to admire this town of character from a brand new angle!Découvrez la base nautique
Ile de la Sauvageonne
We've found the ideal spot for children and adults: île de la Sauvageonne! This bucolic island on the Ognon river invites you to stop for a peaceful break in the heart of nature.