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Do you know the Hautes-Alpes?

The Hautes-Alpes department is undoubtedly the highest in France. Located to the south of the mountain range of the Alps, it is appreciated by holidaymakers for its tourist destinations, both in winter, for its ski resorts such as Les Orres, that in summer, for its wild landscapes and exceptional sites such as the Queyras Regional Natural Park, Buëch country or the lake of Serre-Ponçon.

Sublime panoramas, mountain villages and happiness await travelers who roam the landscapes of the Hautes Alpes. Opt for the app all trails and discover the hikes around the camping. Briançon is the nearest town, 5 minutes from camping. This is the opportunity to discover two cities: Briançon et Mont Dauphin particularly beautiful and lively, both listed as World Heritage by Unesco. 

The visit of these major sites allows to understand a part of the genius of Vauban, particularly spectacular in these mountain sites. 

Briançon and its fortifications: In Briançon, Vauban, constrained by the terrain, cannot follow any pre-established system. He conceived a staggering of urban defenses vertically and advocated the creation of a belt of forts to strengthen the defense of the city. The heart of Briançon is located in the picturesque Vauban citadel, at the foot of the castle. You can admire the various historical monuments such as the Notre Dame collegiate church, the Cordeliers church, the colorful old residences, the Place d'Armes or the fountains and sundials that decorate the alleys. The city comes alive every year to the rhythm of its events such as the Altitude Jazz Festival, the medieval festival or the Offenbachiades. In winter, Briançon becomes a very popular ski resort in the Alpes-du-Sud. Particularly popular, it is part of Serre Chevalier Vallée. The ski area is located at the gates of the Ecrins National Park, dominated by Mont Prorel. Its geographical location, near the Italian border on one side and Provence on the other, gives it pride of place.

Mont-Dauphin, an emblematic stronghold: In Mont-Dauphin, the installation on a plateau has made it possible to create a stronghold, remarkably preserved, from scratch. Built on a rocky outcrop, at an altitude of 1050 m, at the junction of the Gorges du Guil and the Durance valley, Mont-Dauphin is a prestigious example of European military architecture. Mont-Dauphin symbolizes the archetype of a mountain bastion built by Vauban. The site overlooks a strategic crossroads, an ideal place to observe the enemy coming from the surrounding area. Vauban wanted to make Mont-Dauphin a city garrison where civilians could mix with soldiers in order to avoid seeing the latter desert.

The main valleys of the Hautes-Alpes

  • The Queyras. This 100% natural park is astonishing by its cultural diversity, its artisanal production; From Fort-Queyras, to its sundials; from its wood craftsmanship to its exceptional lace; from its 2 essential Izoard and Agnel passes to the neighboring Briançonnais resorts and Vauban fortifications classified as Unesco World Heritage, its villages are to be discovered.
  • The lake of Serre-Ponçon offers a blue parenthesis in the heart of the Southern Alps, a link between Provence and Dauphiné, between sea and mountain. It is the second largest artificial reservoir in Europe and a sublime destination for all water sports and fishing of course!
  • The Briançonnais. With Serre Chevalier the most famous, Montgenèvre the doyenne or the mythical area of ​​La Grave-La Meije, three of the largest areas in France, the Briançonnais is a territory resolutely turned towards winter sports and mountain activities. summer. 
  • The Embrunais is the southernmost of the sectors of the Ecrins national park. This is where the Durance widens and the Grand Morgon is reflected in the Serre-Ponçon water reservoir.
  • The Gapençais. With its pastel-colored facades, its pedestrian and shopping streets, Gap, Hautes-Alpes prefecture, combines modernity and quality of life. Its geographical position places it at the crossroads of major routes such as the Route Napoléon.
  • The Massif du Champsaur. Between Grenoble and Gap, dominated to the north by the massive pyramid of Vieux Chaillol (3163 m, last summit of the Ecrins massif), the Champsaur is a wide valley of groves, with landscapes as varied as they are green, where the Drac flows.
  • Vallouise Valley. Pelvoux-Vallouise in summer, it is the reunion of two villages Pelvoux and Vallouise today unified in a single commune Vallouise-Pelvoux.

Perhaps you will have reached the camping from the main road to the Alps?

De Thonon-les-Bains à Chin, legendary route of the Grandes Alpes stretches over 700 kilometers, allowing you to discover the valleys and passes that make up the wealth of the Alps. Galibier, Lautaret, Izoard… The route enters the north via the Col du Galibier followed by the Lautaret, runs along the Guisane to the fortified town of Briançon. There, the route takes the Izoard pass via the impressive Casse Déserte to dive into the Queyras massif. The descent takes place through the village of Arvieux then ventures through the tortuous Gorges du Guil to Guillestre. For the last stage, the route follows the Val d'Escreins nature reserve to the Col de Vars. The path continues in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, a neighboring department. By car, motorbike or cycling, this route often taken by the Tour de France and the Giro is one of the must-haves on sunny days.

A land of dreams ...

Endowed with an exceptional ecological capital, the Hautes Alpes keep away from the main roads and the crowds. There is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Hautes Alpes form a department of valleys, gorges and stepped mountains from 500 to 4.102 m above sea level. The Hautes Alpes are Provençal by the sun which warms the crisp mountain air, by the leniency of their summers and also by the point of Provençal accent which is added to the mountain dialect and to the local cuisine. It is a unique territory located at the gates of Ecrins National Park which preserves natural spaces of great beauty. Its main assets: a great diversity of landscapes, remarkable sites such as the Pré de Madame Carle, abundant wildlife and rich vegetation sheltering many varieties of flowers. Torrents and waterfalls flood the bottom of the valleys with freshness, where the charming villages and hamlets nestle. It also enjoys a privileged climate with strong sunshine and an exceptional blue sky ... Wild, authentic, this region has preserved its natural character and is traditionally stamped "high mountain". Its mountain setting is majestic, with its larch forests, its high-altitude lakes, its glaciers and above all its summits with the prestigious names of the Ecrins massif.

Endless activities!

Unlimited walks, breathtaking panoramas over the valley and the surrounding mountains, Various activities offered: Hiking, mountain biking, via ferrata, climbing, paragliding, Mountain Kart, All-terrain scooter (downhill or electric) and Tyrolean Giant. Mountain restaurant terraces, picnic tables throughout the area or a picnic area equipped with planchas to take a break or relax.

From Queyras to Dévoluy, from Briançonnais to Vallonite, the Hautes Alpes offer more than 30 ski areas. Skiing in all its forms (including paragliding!) Is practicable in an authentic atmosphere of chalets, mountain pastures and sleigh rides. In summer, the beauty and bounty of nature are to be discovered through multiple activities: Hiking, sailing, climbing, 500 km of rivers welcome rafting, canyoning, kayaking ... but also mountain biking, horseback riding, hang-gliding ...

MTB ... For the privileged!

5.000 KM of marked MTB trails 9 FFC-labeled MTB sites: Serre-Ponçon, Valleys of Gapençais, Champsaur - Valgaudemar, Pays des Ecrins, Guillestrois-Queyras, Dévoluy, Grand Briançonnais, La Grave-La Meije, Villar d'Arène, Sisteronais Buëch . 15 Bike Parks and fun areas in the resort and ski lifts open to mountain bikes in summer: Dévoluy (SuperDévoluy - La Joue du Loup), Les Orres, Montgenèvre, Orcières-Merlette 1850, Serre Chevalier, Ancelle, Vars, Réallon, Risoul, Abriès, Puy Saint-Vincent, La Grave-La Meije, Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes, Ceillac, Molines-en-Queyras.

2 major crossings: Les Chemins du Soleil and La Grande Traversée des Hautes-Alpes 

Mythical descents and unmissable tours: Tour du Queyras - Tour du Guillestrois - Tour du Champsaur - Tour de la Valgaude - Tour de Serre-Ponçon - Descent du Galibier - Descent Vars-Embrun - Descent Les Orres-Embrun 

Professionals at your service: 6 MCF certified mountain biking schools - 95 French cycling instructors and mountain biking guides - 10 receptive agencies specializing in mountain biking trips MAJOR MTB EVENTS - Alps Epic - MTB Raid Chemins du Soleil - Orcières MTB Games - Raid Vauban - Gravity Gates - Ultra Raid de La Meije, etc.

Hike and RES-PI-REZ!

Among easy hikes from Briançon, discover the Chemin des Fontaines, which offers you for 1h30, a beautiful view over Briançon, the forts, the Massif du Prorel and the surrounding mountains. The Rocher de l'Ombre makes you discover the characteristic habitat in height and the facade of the Saint Antoine chapel with its magnificent sundial. The hamlet of Fontenil by the Pont d'Asfeld, The tour of the Fort des Têtes of the XVIIIrd century, From the Vauban City to the Parc de la Schappe, and Briançon, from door to door are the names of walks that will enlighten you on the civil architecture and Vauban fortifications listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

For swimming in open water: Rafiki Nature White water sports - Florent: +33. (0) - [email protected]

For canyoning, rafting, via ferrata, mountaineering and skiing activities on the Serre Chevalier area: Serre-Chevalier Sensation, Julien: +33. (0)

For mountain hikes: Mountain Visa Trekking Office, mountain hikes - Jean Max: +33. (0) - [email protected]

For Nordic walking, relaxing gymnastics: Nordik 05 stopover, Pascale: +33. (0) - [email protected]

For a dog sled walk: Mushing Addict +33. (0) - [email protected]

To make a paraglider jump: Origin'air paragliding - Florian: +33. (0)

In addition to these various activities, promises of unforgettable experiences of adrenaline and thrills, you will be welcomed with pleasure on the occasion of sports gatherings and regular competitions that take place in our beautiful Pays des Ecrins (Snow race, 1001 legs, championship rafting, etc.).

3 tennis courts and 1 equestrian center are also near the camping!

Since camping, a special welcome is provided for people who are interested in the activities themes following: Skiing, trail running and hiking.

Tourist documentation to download

To prepare your holidays in the Hautes Alpes with confidence, go to the website of our partner SportRIZER, and you can book the sports around camping ! If you would like more information for your stay, do not hesitate to consult the pages Camping, Accommodation et Themes.

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