An exceptional site
The Pays de Serre-Ponçon is a green, sun-drenched and water-blessed haven of wild coves, turquoise lakes, remarkable cultural heritage, and scenery to take your breath away. Life takes on a whole new meaning when you take the family discovering the panoramic views of this picturesque land.
Abbaye du Boscodon
As the only abbey in the entire department of Hautes-Alpes, this site is also one of the most popular local attractions.
Located in the middle of one of the most beautiful pine forests in France, the magnificent 12th-century Romanesque abbey is an architectural masterpiece that invites contemplation.
Join a guided tour, take the time to visit, contemplate the simplicity of the buildings and admire the mountain panorama.
Make the most of this quiet location
35 km, 45 min.
Clinging to its mountainside, the little Nice of the Alps towers proudly over the valley and a beautiful lake, Lac de Serre-Ponçon. This town with a rich past must have a guardian angel, with its host of cultural gems that are well worth the trip.
You'll love the old citadel whose enclosure walls have long disappeared.
Exploring the town centre and pedestrian streets, you’ll understand the town’s former layout and discover the Tour Brune, the ancient keep in the medieval district.
You can also wander to the Maison des Chanonges, a 13th-century building whose remarkable facade has earned it a place on the historical monuments list. Walk a little further to the old Couvent des Cordeliers to admire the frescoes on the convent walls.
Don’t leave Embrun without visiting the cathedral of Notre Dame du Réal, a real treasure of Gothic art. This is cited as being one of the most remarkable monuments in the Alpes Dauphinoises.
30 km, 35 min.
At the foot of the Roc, Embrun lake is a key recreational site, separated from Lac de Serre-Ponçon and the River Durance only by a dyke with a promenade.
From there you can enjoy beautiful views of the Morgon summit and Mont Guillaume, or make the most of the perfect sun exposure to enjoy a host of activities (watersports centre with canoeing/kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and rowing, floating playground, play area, boules pitch, trampoline, merry-go-round, mini-golf course, tennis club, riding stables, swimming pool, etc.). The gently-sloping lawn beaches are the ideal place for families to enjoy a swim or a picnic or to just relax.
An added bonus: A footpath (2.6 km) invites you to stroll at the water’s edge.
This very popular footpath dotted with seats and picnic tables offers a safe way to explore the beautiful lakeside scenery of this heavenly spot. Walkers can enjoy a whole array of colours that change with the seasons and the time of day.
35 km, 40 min.
Water enthusiasts who want to enjoy the lake to the full can head for the Lac de Serre-Ponçon, a lake that offers all the fun of the sea... right here in the mountains.