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Welcome to Serre-Chevalier


Situated in the Hautes-Alpes near the Italian border, Serre-Chevalier is one of the biggest ski resorts in Europe, comprising thirteen villages, including Briançon, Saint-Chaffrey-Chantemerle, La Salle les Alpes, and Monêtier les Bains. Serre-Chevalier is also quite popular in the summer months for a variety of outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking. The scenery is spectacular, and it's easy to see why Serre-Chevalier is one of the most popular ski resorts in France.

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Off the slopes there are a number of activities, including carriage and sleigh rides, ice skating, sledding, parapenting, and taking advantage of the resorts' fitness centres and indoor swimming pools. Monêtier has a large thermal spa complex. In the summer, popular activities in Serre-Chevalier include hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, hang gliding, rock climbing and more. The resort operates four chairlifts in the summer for walkers and cyclists.

French is the official language.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


Despite its size, Serre-Chevalier has a relatively quiet nightlife, so those looking for a wild party may be disappointed.


Serre-Chevalier has a relaxed and low-key nightlife, with a number of bars and one or two discos in Villeneuve and Chantemerle. Like many ski resorts, there is a much livelier atmosphere in the winter ski season.


There are roughly 100 restaurants to choose from in Serre-Chevalier, ranging from fine dining to pizza and burgers. Marotte is a tiny venue serving good-value classic French cuisine, while the open-fire grills in Pied de la Gargouille are also popular.


There isn't much in the way of shopping in Serre-Chevalier other than the usual tourist shops and ski equipment stores. There are supermarkets and basic amenities like a post office, bureau de change and ATMs available.

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Perched among the French Alps, Briançon is the highest town in Europe. The town is divided into the lower town, where the Durance and Guisane rivers meet and much of the modern amenities lie; and the walled and fortified upper town, which was built in the 17th century to defend the town from Austria and so contains the most interesting sights. Briançon is a paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Part of the massive Serre-Chevalier ski area, which also includes Saint-Chaffrey, La Salle le Alpes, and Monêtier les Bains, it enjoys up to 300 days of sunshine per year. But the town is a popular tourist area in summer as well, drawing visitors to see its citadelle, forts, and sundials, as well as to enjoy activities like hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. Briançon is also the site of one of the most thrilling stages of the Tour de France. Situated only six miles (10km) from the Italian border, Briançon has a distinctly Italian feel compared to other towns in Provence. There are a number of good pizzerias but few French restaurants, and some lively bars popular with tourists.

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