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A unique beech forest. The green color in a shady wood is worth a visit. It inevitably attracts beauty lovers, painters and photographers from all over.
The territory of Pontis is placed as a lookout over the confluence Ubaye - Durance dominating the whole lake of Serre-Ponçon. By going to a place called the School Museum, a pretty village building that once housed the disappeared school, you will learn the history of men and of stones.

A little bit of history
Pontis and its lord in the Middle Ages controlled the passage of transhumant herds in the low Provence to the region of Embrun, and of the travelers from the Rhone valley to the Col de Larche. Today enclosed by the Lake of Serre-Ponçon, it is a small village (44 inhabitants) fragmented in seven hamlets, of which two at the sunny side.
The highly contrasting climate of both sides added to the high vertical drop (782 m on the lake shore to 2326 m at the top of Morgon) allow the vicinity of Mediterranean and alpine flora: lavender and sumac, carlines and larches, and beautiful beech ...

Cultural activities and sites to visit

  • Church of the nineteenth century
  • Dolmen
  • Sundials
  • Les Demoiselles Coiffées: in moraines (mixture of mud, sand, pebbles and rocks left by glaciers), the erosion is stopped by the rocks that protect the spine and give rise to the formation of the Demoiselles Coiffées.
  • Valley Museum in Pontis : School and public instruction in the mountains ...

(source : http://www.ubaye.com/fr/)

Le Lauzet-Ubaye

LE LAUZET - UBAYE Delude in the romantic rhythm of the Lake of Thousand and One Nights. The village of Lauzet hides in its heart a small lake which is placed in the midst of a natural setting.

Its decor of larches is surmounted with peaks which invite visitors to take time. Through the seasons, this lake reflects, like magic, the changing colors of this unspoiled nature.


  • The water sports
  • Canyoning
  • Mountain Biking :Transubayenne trail, tunnels of the old railway line which will take you to the shores of the Lake of Serre-Ponçon (Provide lighting)

Cultural activities and sites to visit

  • Valley Museum at Lauzet : A world of gathering and hunting
  • The Roman Bridge : the narrow pass of 40 m above the Ubaye . Site ranked thirteenth century
  • the waterfalls of Costeplane : a delight for the eyes and for canyoning lovers
  • dolmen Villard : from the prehistory and classified in 1900
  • The parish church dedicated to St Laurent
  • The sundial of Lauze.
  • The first weekend of August, do not miss the fireworks at Lauzet-Ubaye.

Church of St. Laurent :
In 2009, the municipality of Lauzet completed the rehabilitation of the Saint–Laurent’s church (roof, windows, lining ... ), built between 1715 and 1730 thanks to the financial contribution of a cloth merchant of Turin, Joseph Vigne. Some more recent paintings (1850), signed by the Italian painter Fidèle Patritti, have also been restored, of which the painting of the Last Supper. We find in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, especially in Ubaye, many paintings of this Italian painter after his marriage to a girl of Plaisant des Sanières (commune of Jausiers) in 1846.

(source : http://www.ubaye.com/fr/)


Saint-Vincent Les Forts

Saint Vincent Les Forts with its fortifications and its old stones which speak of Vauban also offers breathtaking scenery. Perched like an eagle's nest, the upper part of the village enjoys an exceptional view on the valley and is a mecca for paragliders.

Cultural activities and sites to visit

In winter, 15 km of cross-country ski slopes crisscross the beautiful larch forest.
Several campsites, equipped with small shops, allow you to satisfy your preferences and to settle down on the banks of the lake of Serre-Ponçon or higher up in back in the pine forests which dominate the lake.
Bathing on the beach of the lake are supervised. While some athletes engage in water skiing or in tennis, others may escape on pedal boats or on electric boats. Many marked trails, of winding routes, guide your hiking in the woods. A variety of restaurants offer their specialties and takeaway. All year long, hotels, bed and breakfasts and cottages welcome you in this environment that is privileged by nature.

(source : http://www.serre-poncon.org/villages.htm#StVincent)

La Bréole

Overlooking the Lake of Serre-Ponçon, Bréole is worth a stop. Faced with long snowy peaks, the site will seduce you. Its calm, air quality and the blue of its sky will not leave you indifferent.
From the pier, you will go for boat rides or windsurfing, discovering its many creeks, out of sight and of the noise in which you can relax and enjoy the sun.
On the village square, where you will find two grocery stores and a bakery, you take place in nicely shaded terraces of bars to refresh yourself and to taste ice cream.
Your children play safely in the heated municipal pool daily opened in July and August. The visit of the crafts complex will let you discover the art of ironwork, a workshop of pottery, leather work, a sculptor, a soap factory, the taste of the region by its local meats. Backwards, you'll also find organic products, goat cheese and a production of mohair wool.
In its holiday village, its camping, its cottages or its numerous villas, you will sleep in the middle of quiet countryside so appreciated today and you may prolong your break in this charming area.
The burning of the steeple of the village on the 15th of August and the local festivities leave you with enchanting memories.

(source : http://www.serre-poncon.org/villages.htm#LaBreole/)