Barcelonnette, an all-year round destination !
At an altitude of 1,135 metres, Barcelonnette is a small mountain town with two faces. In summer it is surrounded by orchards and meadows offering thousands of walks and activities, notably aerial sports like paragliding and gliding at the nearby aerodrome at Saint-Pons, rock-climbing with the highest summits at over 3,400 metres and white water sports (rafting, kayaking, swimming) for which Ubaye is a world-renowned spot. Cycling is not forgotten with the famous Brevet des 7 Cols along the great mountain passes followed by the Tour de France, Restefond-la-Bonnette (the highest road in Europe), La Cayolle, Allos and Vars. In winter, the area is transformed into a super winter sports venue with three downhill ski resorts at Pra-Loup (the largest skiing area in the Alpes du Sud region, linked to La Foux d'Allos by L’Espace Lumière), Sauze-Super-Sauze and Sainte-Anne-la-Condamine, and two cross-country skiing venues at Larche and Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye.
The area has numerous sites of interest, maintained and promoted by local associations, with a 35km line of fortifications and a system of look-out posts, semaphore stations, strategic routes and elevators from Roche-la-Croix, Dormillouse via Tournoux. There are 120 chapels and five museums ‘Les Musées de la Vallée’ at Jausiers (archaeology and geology), Le Lauzet-Ubaye (the world of hunter-gatherers), Meyronnes (soldiers in Ubaye), Pontis (schooling and education in Ubaye) and Saint-Paul (countryfolk and craftsmen), not forgetting the wash pools and bread ovens which can be seen in every village and hamlet. The ‘Maison des Produits de Pays’ at Jausiers which sells delicious speciality products made by local farmers and producers, and the ‘Maison du Bois’, a showcase for wood from the Alpine forests, are both well worth a visit.
"" What I love about Barcelonnette, is spending warm, summer evenings at the ‘Festival des Enfants du Jazz’ every July and the ‘Fêtes Mexicaines’ in August "" says a visitor who returns every year without fail.
How to get to Barcelonnette :
- by road : A51 to La Saulce then RD900 towards Cuneo.
- by bus : regular services from Gap (railway station) and Digne-les-Bains.