The village of Baratier, nestled between the top of Mont Pouzenc and the lac de Serre-Ponçon reservoir, is the ideal destination for fans of outdoor activities. Book a camping holiday in Baratier and…
Nature holidays in the Hautes-Alpes
The village of Baratier is located right next to the lac de Serre-Ponçon, France’s largest artificial lake. Equipped beaches and unspoilt coves are dotted along its 80 km shoreline, perfect for relaxing on the sand or practising water sports on the sparkling water. Rowing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddle, canoe-kayaking and catamaran excursions etc. You’re spoilt for choice! You can also slip on your hiking shoes and follow one of the three circuits that depart from the village square or, the more courageous amongst you could head to the top of Pouzenc, more than 2,890 metres above sea level.
Camping in Baratier: our suggestions for cultural visits
Time to explore the charming village of Baratier. Saint-Chaffrey church, built during the 15th century, features a sundial on which is engraved the words “Pauvres, mais fiers et bons cœurs” (Poor but proud and kind-hearted) which was the motto of an old local family, the Bayle de Baratier, after whom the village was named. Then head off towards the archaeological site of Le Clapier des Monges, home to the remains of a 4th century Gallo-Roman villa. Then head to the Plat Aiguille observation point, at 1,559 metres above sea level, for a beautiful panoramic view of the surroundings.
A trip to Baratier: a treat for your taste buds!
A holiday in the Hautes-Alpes is also a great opportunity to taste the local specialities. During meal times with family and friends, try some heart-warming “tourtons,” a type of fried ravioli stuffed with potatoes, fresh Tomme and onions; they’re guaranteed to delight. You should also take the opportunity to taste some of Haute-Provence’s small spelt, a type of cereal that is part of the region’s agricultural heritage. For dessert, opt for a slice of “tarte des Alpes,” a tart filled with jam and covered with a lattice work of pastry. It tastes as good as it looks!