L’Alta Peyra, built in Queyras above Saint Véran - the highest village in Europe - offers a magical view of the Alpine peaks. This luxury hotel has been designed with respect for local architecture and con...
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Saint-Véran - France
Saint-Véran is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes where less than three hundred inhabitants live. This magnificent village, perched at an altitude of around 2050 metres, has the particularity of being the highest commune in Europe. If you are staying in Queyras, you will have to go there to discover its many riches. It is also possible, for those who wish, to book a hotel directly in Saint-Véran.
You had the excellent idea to plan a stay in Queyras and you are looking for ideas to visit the region? As stated in the preamble, it will be difficult to overlook the village of Saint-Véran which abounds in the most diverse treasures. Considered by some as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Saint-Véran has many assets in its boot, starting with its legendary copper mine. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, however, it has not been active since 1960. Nevertheless, it is possible to take a circuit called "In the footsteps of minors" and to get a taste of their lives. The village also has a small exhibition dedicated to it.
From your hotel in the Hautes Alpes, you will only need a short time to reach Saint-Véran and enjoy its exceptional sunshine. In winter, it is possible to go downhill skiing or snowshoeing. During the summer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, either by mountain bike or on foot. You can also visit the Maison du Soleil, an absolutely unique observatory in France that aims to better understand the relationship between the sun and our environment. You will also have the opportunity to travel back in time by visiting the amazing Soum Museum which will plunge you directly into the heart of the history of Saint-Véran.
If you do not choose a hotel in Saint-Véran, you will have no trouble finding one, very comfortable, in the Hautes Alpes. If, on the other hand, you have chosen to reside directly on site, you can discover many other things, such as the old fire pump or the Observatoire du Pic du Château Renard. Don't forget to share with the inhabitants a little of Saint-Véran's history, like for example its unique rye bread which was produced at the time directly from cereals grown in the surrounding fields. Unfortunately, the mill no longer exists, but it has remained in the hearts of the elders. Today, Saint-Véran lives mainly thanks to tourism, which generates a large number of jobs and allows the local economy to operate in a completely satisfactory manner.