In the mountains
The resort of Vars, situated in the heart of a pine forest, was created by the merger of four villages, namely, Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie, Sainte Catherine and Les Claux. It is known for the quality of its ski slopes, which lie at an altitude of between 1650 and 2750 meters, and are equipped with modern ski lifts. The resort and its surroundings offer numerous sports and leisure activities in summer as well, including horseback riding, tennis, paragliding, climbing, fishing, etc. It is an ideal place for water sports like canyoning, canoeing and rafting in the rough waters of the Durance River and swimming at Lake Serre Ponçon, the second largest artificial lake in Europe. Fans of mountain biking will find several hundred kilometers of well-marked trails, accessible by ski lifts,, while those fond of cycling are invited to participate in Cycling Days on July to 6 in Vars. You can also explore the rich architectural heritage of the region such as the Vauban-designed fortress of Mont Dauphin, the fortresses of Ubaye, and the castles of Queyras and Saint Véran, the latter being the highest village in Europe. If you’ve come in search of adventure you can visit the silver mine in L'Argentière Labessée or head over to the Indiana Forest Park with its 11 acrobatic forest trails. The Regional Park of Queyras, the National Park of Ecrins and the zoo called “The Mountain of the Marmots” in Sauze du Lac, are also worth a visit.