Villard-Saint-Pancrace in the heart of the larches

Close to Briançon, on the edge of a larch forest, the village lies at the confluence of the Durance and Ayes torrents. The commune is divided into several authentic districts and hamlets. The village also boasts eleven groups of alpine chalets, including Mélézin and Lauzin.

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Lake Orceyrette

A little corner of paradise, nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps mountains. Easily accessible, this lake of glacial origin is now an ideal place for family outings.

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Mountain Center

Mountain center

A place to exchange, share and enjoy! The Centre Montagne welcomes you in summer and winter to offer you all kinds of activities, workshops, concerts, shows...

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Nordic area

With its large larch forest and views of the Montbrison massif, the Nordic ski area welcomes you on over 36km of trails, taking you from the heights of the village, through meadows and forests, to alpine chalets.

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"Villard-Saint-Pancrace is much more than a mountain village. It's a place of authenticity where every street tells us a story."

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Villard-saint-Pancrace Its history

The village of Villard-Saint-Pancrace is steeped in fascinating history and a diverse natural heritage.

Mining activity was very much present in the village, with the exploitation of coal mines in the early 19th century. Today, the Centre Montagne boasts a Mining Museum, where you can learn more about the life of its peasant miners, as well as discover the bowels of the Mine de la Cabane.

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Traces of the past show the different skills present in the village: lime kilns, the best-known of which is located on the Croix de Bretagne road. These kilns were once used to transform limestone into lime, an essential building and agricultural material.

The presence of the Moulin de Sachas reveals and testifies to an essential skill, that of grinding grain and thus producing flour, an activity that was important to the inhabitants of the region. The flour produced was used to make bread locally. The mill has been undergoing restoration for several years now, with the aim of preserving this monument steeped in history, and producing flour once again!

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And if you want to venture out on the hiking trails, you can discover the Lac de l'Orceyrette, a body of water renowned for its beauty in all seasons.

It is located near The Bois des Ayes Integrated Biological Reservewhich covers an area of around 150 hectares. This reserve was created to protect a forest ecosystem and its biodiversity. It is home to a large number of species, including the Little Owl, the Tengmalm's Owl, the Speckled Nutcracker... and many more!

 

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Le Mélezin

With its rustic charm, the hamlet of Le Mélézin overlooks the valley, and offers you an escape to find calm and serenity.

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Immersion in the Mélézin woods

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Les Ayes

As you head off in the direction of Lac de l'Orceyrette, you'll undoubtedly come across the hamlet of Les Ayes and its chalets. This charming village is the ideal place to take a break during your hike.

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