Lac Serre Poncon Amouton

Take a Dip in the Alps

Want some tips for swimming in the Alpes-Maritimes? Try the crystal-clear, blue waters of Lac de Serre-Ponçon or head to the Hautes-Alpes, between Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras and its neighbour the Écrins.

Between Garrigue and Mountain

At the edge of the Alps and Provence, in the Alpes-Maritimes, some spots are real jewels for enjoying a swim in the purest water. That’s how it is on the banks of the Estéron, at the medieval village of Roquestéron, where the azure river snakes and zigzags between the rocky, tree-lined banks. A little further west, the Marmites de la Bollène, accessible from La Bollène-Vésubie, lie in a series of emerald-coloured pools. If you are lovers of fresh, clear water, you should also visit La Roya, at the border between France and Italy.

The Unmissable Serre-Ponçon

Born from the construction of a dam on the Durance in 1960, the majestic Lac de Serre-Ponçon, edged by mountains that cling to the clouds, has many man-made beaches. Nine are registered « Blue Flag, » beaches, guaranteeing their high environmental quality. Among them is Plage de Port-Saint-Pierre, a wide band of sand lined with a grassy lawn. Or the Plage des Trémouilles, in Chanteloube Bay, which is less busy. For an even more private (but not monitored!) swim visit the Plage du Petit Lac de Saint-Apollinaire.

From Queyras to Serre-Chevalier

On the edge of Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras which has a number of high-altitude lakes, Plan d’Eau d’Eygliers is ideal for a dip with children in its mountainous, green setting. Finally, in Colombiers and Chantemerle, two hamlets of Serre-Chevalier, you can swim in natural, pure water: in these two lake biotopes, the vegetation naturally filters the water.