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  • Hautes-Alpes for skiing, sleigh rides and mountain holidays

    The beautiful, unspoilt region of the Hautes-Alpes is perfect for those who like their winter sports or mountain holiday in an authentic traditional village with chalets, snowy pastures and sleigh rides, all surrounded by breath taking natural scenery.
    Hautes-Alpes is our region of the month and it lies between Grenoble and the Italian border. Here, the sun shines for 300 days a year and the terrain includes spectacularly high peaks perfect for all types of skiing – even parachute skiing.

    There’s a wide variety of winter sports activities on offer, with cross country skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and the exhilarating sport of ski jöring, which involves being pulled on skis by a horse. Those who like their Alpine holidays less strenuous can bask in the warmth of thermal springs.

    The region boasts two conservation areas - the enchanting Écrins National Park, with its rivers and lakes, and the Queyras Regional Nature Park, with panoramic views of peaks and glaciers. Main towns are Gap and Briancon, a picturesque delight of steep, narrow streets, tall church spires and a dramatic river bridge.

    For summer mountain holidays, this is an equally extraordinary destination where fields of lavender wave in the breeze below the year-round snow and the ice of glaciers. Beautiful valleys provide the perfect venue to get away from it all and, whether for skiing or summer, you can choose from our great accommodation options of chalets, apartments and cottages.

  • Mountain magic in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

    Passionate about wide open spaces and natural resources? Then Alpes-de-Haute-Provence could be your perfect destination for a holiday in France – and it’s our region of the month. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, where mountains give way to sea, the area enjoys snow in the mountains, mild winters in the valleys and long warm summers with temperatures reaching 35C.

    There’s a fantastic variety of landscapes and attractions. As you reach the foothills of Alpes-de-Haute Provence, you find villages huddled in the contours of alpine valleys or perched precariously on rocky outcrops, with steeply sloping streets leading to a central square. This is truffle and olive country – and the altitude gives the olives a particularly fruity taste.

    •    Enjoy exploring the delights of the national park of Mercantour and the Gorges of Verdon.
    •    Go to the gorgeous mountain village of Moustiers Ste Marie, where the houses appear to have been sculpted out of the rocky mountainside.
    •     Take Le Train des Pignes,  a private narrow gauge railway that runs between Digne and Nice through the Alpes de Haute Provence.
    •    Visit the capital city of Digne, a major centre of the lavender trade.

    The main international airports here are Marseilles and Nice, both served by low cost airlines, while high speed TGV trains take about 3 hours from Paris to Marseilles and also serve Toulon, Cannes and Nice. Our holiday homes range from mountain chalets to luxurious cottages, gites and apartments in locations where you can ski in winter and sunbathe in summer. Le Trianon villa, shown in our photo, is a great example.