Nearby towns and villages
To enjoy a beautiful view of the lake of Serre-Ponçon, the ideal is to go to Saint-Vincent-les-Forts. This village is perched on the side of a rocky spur at an altitude of 1,280 meters and is surrounded by nature. In winter, the hiking trails that border Saint-Vincent-les-Forts become nice trails to discover with snowshoes.
Savines-le-Lac is one of the villages that were relocated for the construction of the Serre-Ponçon dam. In 700 years, Savines-le-Lac has known three locations. The first was abandoned for natural reasons following the French Revolution. The second was demolished so that the retention lake could be built. Since then the village has not moved anymore and has specialized in welcoming tourists.
Embrun, nicknamed the Nice of the Alps, is a visit not to be missed. Its label “Ville et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” (French Towns and Lands of Art and History) is the assurance of a detour rich in discoveries. The Embrun Cathedral and its Lombard-inspired architecture are the jewel of the village. Its magnificent bell tower dominates the whole village, its original facade is punctuated with black and grey stones. History enthusiasts will certainly make a stop at Boscodon Abbey, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.