A hub of rural traditions
An identity carved over the centuries
Did you know that the village of Saint-Véran is home to France’s highest-altitude school, perched at a dizzy 2,042 metres? Ranked among « France’s Most Beautiful Villages« and featuring winding lanes, ancient fountains, bread ovens and sun dials, this magnificent site has preserved all of its original charm. Its gorgeous, traditional houses are built with « fustes » (handcrafted logs) and decorated with superb, finely-chiselled rose windows carved by local woodworkers. At the heart of the village, the Musée de la Soum offers visitors a fascinating introduction to life in the mountains. If you fancy an exciting day out for all the family, take the walk leading to the ancient copper mine where you’ll learn all about the history of this precious mineral, coveted since Roman times.