Barcelonette is a nugget of the Southern Alps. Unique and endearing, this pretty town is nestled in the heart of a valley.
A green setting with remarkable landscapes
It reigns like a perfume from elsewhere that you will enjoy discovering in Barcelonnette. Let yourself be surprised by its atypical villas, its lively squares full of charm and its historic center in warm colors. Barcelonette is a city rich in history where a unique heritage is revealed at every street corner. Its history is intimately linked to the Americas: In the 19th century, several thousand of its inhabitants set off on an adventure to Mexico and the city today retains an impressive architectural heritage characterized by numerous villas. These beautiful bourgeois residences commissioned by emigrants who returned to the country with their fortunes bear witness to the deep ties that Barcelonnette continues to maintain with Mexico.
A city rich in history
It breathes in the city an air of Mexico that astonishes and seduces instantly. Barcelonnette allows you to travel by discovering the many villas inherited from this period, by vibrating to the rhythm of the events during which it is adorned with Mexican colors and by savoring the gastronomic specialties which recall the epic of the Barcelonnettes. Barcelonnette is revealed in the privileged setting of the Ubaye Serre-Ponçon Valley. Look up and admire the peaks with evocative names that overlook the city: Le Chapeau de Gendarme and Le Pain de Sucre. To the east you discover the Haute-Ubaye, alpine land and the highest point of the valley with its multitude of peaks that exceed 3000 meters in altitude.
For lovers of outdoor activities.
To the west, where Provençal influences assert themselves, the Serre-Ponçon lake reveals its turquoise waters to you… a real seaside in the mountains. With nearly 900 km of hiking trails, more than 40 mountain bike routes, 7 legendary passes to climb by bike, 50 km of rapids for practicing white water sports and renowned air conditions, Barcelonnette and its surroundings are a incomparable game for lovers of outdoor activities.