Tourism in the High Alps Discover the surroundings
Amazing natural areas such as Queyras and the National Parc des Écrins. Sporty towns and villages of character nestled in the mountains. A cultural heritage that can be accessed by climbing majestic passes. The Italian foothills on the other side of the border. Would you like to discover one of the most beautiful corners of Provence and south-east France? Our campsite in the Hautes-Alpes (05) Les Rives du Lac welcomes you and invites you to explore our magnificent department. The picturesque towns and villages that surround us will charm you, some with their monuments, markets or curiosities, others,simply with their atmosphere…
To see in the Hautes-Alpes
The Hautes-Alpes department is mainly located in a mountainous area, some of which rise to an altitude of more than 3,000 m, or even 4,000+ (Barre des Écrins). So much that Gap is the highest prefecture in France. Such a geographical configuration offers extraordinary landscapes as in the Parc national des Écrins. From Briançon to Embrunais, from Dévoluy to Gapençais, the Hautes-Alpes are home to magnificent natural regions to discover on foot, by car, by bicycle or by horse.
From Les Rives du Lac, take a stroll in the nearby villages such as Sisteron, Esparron, Vitrolles, Montmaur, La Beaume or Laragne Montéglin. Lose yourself in the Vauban citadel of Briançon. Gather in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Arnoux de Gap. Admire the architecture of Fort Queyras, Notre-Dame de Boscodon Abbey, Randouillet Fort and Saint-Jean de L’Argentière-la-Bessée Chapel. Go back in time to the departmental museum of the Hautes-Alpes and the Muséoscope of the Lake in Serre-Ponçon.
What to do in the Hautes-Alpes?
Do you think you’ve reached the end of your surprises? Imagine the Southern Alps seen from the sky, in a hang-glider. This land blessed by nature is an ideal setting for a sporty holiday. Hiking, cycling, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, caving, horse riding… You can do all your favourite activities, from climbing the Col du Galibier or the Izoard by bike to a walk around the Serre-Ponçon lake. A tourist outing to Gap, the prefecture of the department, will also be one of the essential activities of your stay.
Taste in the heart of Provence
The Hautes Alpes, or how to enjoy the snow-covered peaks and fields of Lavender… Very close to the campsite, many fields are cultivated organically. You can visit the distilleries, test the different oils and creams of the producers. A little further south, discover the famous Valensole plateau with lavender fields as far as the eye can see. Cross the Durance river to dive into the heart of the Luberon, the Colorado Provençal, the villages of Provence. You are now close to Marseille, the most cosmopolitan and fascinating city in France! Don’t miss a kayak trip in the creeks of Cassis… So ready for a getaway in the heart of Provence during your holidays? Go to the mountains in the Dévoluy massif, Haut Buëch, then dive into Provence by crossing the Gorges de la Méouge, an essential swimming spot… Swim in the atmosphere of the Provençal villages, visit the various educational farms with your children or discover the many craftsmen of the region.
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