A pearl of the Guisane valley, Le Mônetier-les-Bains (real name of Serre Chevalier 1500) is a village that has kept its preserved and traditional side.
Accommodation in the village consists mainly of chalets and small residences.
Free shuttle buses provide a link between the different districts and the snow front.
Another particularity of Monêtier-les-Bains is its thermal spring, with mineral waters renowned for their benefits, which gushes out at 44°C and then meanders through the village in a multitude of small streets, each one more charming than the next. You can soak your feet at the source of the Rotonde at the top of the village, or take advantage of the Centre Thermoludique des Grands Bains. A must visit during your stay!
The immediate proximity of the Écrins National Park makes Monêtier-les-Bains an ideal starting point for hiking.
Serre Chevalier Vallée is one of the largest ski areas in France. The Grand Serre Che has 250 kilometres of ski slopes served by 61 ski lifts, and around 25% of the area is supplied with artificial snow.
Serre Chevalier Vallée also has serious assets during the summer season, offering, in a grandiose natural setting, under the sun of the Hautes-Alpes, the practice of numerous sporting activities!
White water sports: Rafting, hydrospeed, kayaking, canyoning
Cycling, mountain biking, freeride and DH accessible by the ski lifts.
For the uninitiated, many qualified professionals provide group supervision and supply the boat and safety equipment.
Cycling under the Alpine sun
In the beautiful season, the passes of the Guisane valley are a delight for cyclists: the Col du Granon, the Col du Lautaret or the Col du Galibier, made famous by the passage of the Tour de France.
Situated at an altitude of 1,326 metres, at the confluence of five valleys, Briançon is the highest town in France. This city of art and history, fortified by Vauban in the 18th century, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Briançon has a remarkable group of military works, built from the 18th to the 20th century to improve the city’s defence system.
Over two weeks, at the end of January and beginning of February, Briançon hosts the Altitude Jazz Festival, which offers concerts in different places in the town and its surroundings. Mini-concerts are also scheduled in bars and restaurants, at lunchtime or in the evening.
At the beginning of July, over two days, a medieval festival plunges the town into a colourful and joyful atmosphere. Numerous activities (dances, fights, musical shows, craft exhibitions).
Every year, the Offenbachiades offer a dozen classical music concerts divided into three themes: piano and chamber music, lyric art and young talent. Several emblematic places in the town and in Serre Chevalier host these concerts.
Also the festival violoncelles en folie regularly during the second week of July.
Concerts, workshops, courses and conferences with the participation of internationally renowned artists. Every evening, ” Violoncelles en Folie ” offers you a programme of madness.
Baroque, romantic, rock and tango music.
In a completely different register, to discover the local area, two markets take place every week: on Wednesday morning on Place de la Schappe and on Sunday morning on Avenue du Lautaret.