Area around chambre d'hôte, gîte, apartment, B and B Savines le Lac - Hautes Alpes – La Tulipe

The Hautes Alpes have some unmistakably mediterranean touches: there is sunshine 300 days a year and the villages bear a slight likeness to the villages in the south.
The varied landscape offers the possibility to exercise both winter and summers sports.

In the heart of the Hautes Alpes lies the sunny Serre Ponçon.
This lake is situated at an altitude of 750 meters and has a surface of about 29 square km, which makes it the largest artificial lake in Europe.
The Lac Serre Ponçon is a reservoir.
The dam (built between 1955 and 1961) is 124 meters high and 630 meters wide.
On the shores of the lake you will find three villages: Embrun, Chorges and Savines-le-Lac.
In total 1500 people were relocated for the construction of the lake.
One of the two villages that had to move was Savines, which has now become our village, Savines-le-Lac.
The other village, which has completely disappeared, was Ubaye, named after the river that flows into the lake together with the Durance.
The 20 km long lake has a surface of more than 29 square km and contains more than 1.2 billion cubic meters of water.
This water is used to generate electrical energy.
Inside and behind the dam facilities have been constructed to generate 700 million kilowatt-hours per year.
The dam is also used to control the river Durance, which assures irrigation and the supply of drinking water.

Muséoscope du Lac is an interesting place to visit: it hosts an exhibition on the construction of the dam and the history of the vanished villages.
From the museum you have a panoramic view of the lake and the dam.
Today the lake has an important tourist and recreational function.
Many water recreational and sports facilities have been developed around the lake.
Especially the area around Savines le Lac benefits enormously from these facilities.
The area has turned into a real holiday paradise, both in the summer and in the winter.
It is not impossible that you go down the slopes in the morning with your snowboard, while you spend your afternoon on the water with your surfboard, jet ski or fishing boat.
You can make a 100 km long tour around the lake with your bike, motorbike or car.
During this trip you may pass by several curiosities and beautiful viewpoints.

Some may say you find the purest mountain scenery of the Alps in the Ecrins Massif.
Perhaps they are right: in the part of the Ecrins Massif which falls within the boundaries of the Parc National des Ecrins, you will not find any villages, passable roads, cable cars, tunnels, ski slopes nor campsites.
At the edge of the National Park you will find all sorts of tourist facilities, but even the easily accessible areas will not be crowded with tourists during the summer.
The inner part of the massif, which is for the majority covered with glaciers, is reserved for high mountain hikers and climbers.

France's biggest National Park is not particularly suitable for inexperienced hikers or people who do not like strenuous hikes.
Overnight tours in the central area even require the use of crampons and ice axes, since you cannot escape from the steep, snowy and sometimes icy 'cols' above 3000 m.
Completely different is the area around the National Park: while the park itself consists mainly of high mountains, the area around it is made of wooded valleys and peaks with a height of around 3000 meters, but where you will not find any glaciers.
This area is perfect for one day hikes or overnight hikes on tracks where you can walk with normal mountain hiking shoes.
The valleys on the west, south and east side of the central massif offer the most possibilities for these hikes.

Further to the east lies the rough Parc Régional du Queyras, an area that can best be explored on foot.
This area is also under the influence of the Southern Alps' mild climate.
In the summer it doesn't rain a lot.
The region produces some delicious products such as honey, cheese and trout.
Villages in the Queyras region are renowned for having two churches in every village: a catholic and a protestant one.
Travelling over the 2744 meters high Col Agnel, you can make a trip to Italy.
In this area you will find the Parc Naturel Régional de Queyras with a surface of 65,000 hectares.
The largest village in the park is Molines-en-Queyras with approximately 375 inhabitants. However, most tourists will visit St. Véran; this village, at an altitude of 2040 meters, is the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe.
The highest mountain is the 3387 meters high Pic de la Font-Sanct.
The most beautiful mountain is the 3841 meters high Monte Visto.
However, it doesn't form part of the park, since it is located in Italy.
In the park you will find the golden eagle and the ibex.