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Ain is one out of 12th departments of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region within the East of France, next to Switzerland. Its administrative centre is Bourg-en-Bresse.


The Ain department is surrounded by six departments including Jura, Saone-et-Loire, Rhone, Isere, Savoie, and Haute-Savoie, as well as Switzerland. As a result, Ain benefits from a diversity of landscapes. It counts four territories; specifically, Bresse, Bugey, Dombes and Pays de Gex. The Ain River crosses the department from the north to the south, while the western part is mostly made up of plains and low plateaus. The east, however, has a rather mountain relief with the Jura range.


The Ain department offers numerous sites to visit such as historical remains, castles, museums, monuments, and nature reserves such as the Parc des oiseaux (Bird park). This park is located within the heart of the Dombes, and is one of the largest bird parks in Europe containing birds from all over the world. The stunning landscapes deserve to be viewed on the occasion of a walk through the country.


The gourmet products of Ain are numerous. Among them, Comté, Bleu de Gex and Bressan chicken are the most famous. Quenelles in Nantua sauce, Dombes fish, Bugey ramequin offer a flavoursome experience, along with the region’s wines, such as the Bugey wines.

Useful information:

Tourism office in Ain

Maps of Ain:

Travel from the UK:

Eurostar: Travel by train to the French Alps near the Ain department.
By air: Easyjet flies from London Stansted to Lyon, and from Bristol, London Luton and London Gatwick to Lyon.
Easyjet flies from every airport in the UK to Geneva.
Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Grenoble.

Our team of sale advisers at Sextant Properties will be happy to help you find a property in Ain. We have a large network of estate agents there. All of them are registered French estate agents and speak both French and English. Whatever the kind of property you are looking for: villa, farmhouse, longere, barn, gite, B&B, country house, mill, castle or chateau, we will do our best to find a property for sale in Ain matching your requirements. To find out more about our properties in Ain do not hesitate to contact us.

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