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Saint-Jean-Montclar

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Saint-Jean-Montclar is a small family ski resort depending on the village of Montclar, in Haute-Provence. Halfway between Gap and Digne-les-Bains, it is just two hours drive from the Mediterranean coast. A human scale, this ski resort appeals to families wishing to enjoy the mountains in the quiet and the atmosphere good child.

Built in the 70s, the Saint-Jean-Montclar station has a hilly landscape in which a forest of hardwood and softwood brings a certain charm. The creation of the station is also behind the beginnings of Eau de Montclar, the highest source of all Europe mountain.

Activities abound at Saint-Jean-Montclar. Between skiing, snowshoeing, or the architectural heritage that survived the modernization of the resort, visitors will not lack entertainment to fill their vacation days. The climate, pleasant, and the ideal location to enjoy the different heritages of the Haute-Provence have done a lot for the popularity of this pleasant and charming resort.

Saint-Jean-Montclar is a ski resort that is part of the municipality of Montclar

Geographical information

Ski resortSaint-Jean-Montclar
Tourism label
Latitude44.4155260 (N 44° 24’ 56”)
Longitude6.3506340 (E 6° 21’ 2”)
AltitudeFrom 1350m to 2500m
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains (50 km, 49 min)
DepartmentAlpes-de-Haute-Provence
RegionProvence

Nearest cities & towns

Montclar4.3 km (6 min)
Saint-Vincent-les-Forts4.7 km (7 min)
Selonnet7.7 km (8 min)
Seyne11.5 km (12 min)
Le Lauzet-Ubaye12.1 km (13 min)
La Bréole13.9 km (14 min)
Saint-Martin-lès-Seyne15 km (21 min)
Méolans-Revel20 km (20 min)

Things to see and do

If the old village of Montclar is gone, destroyed during the Wars of Religion, the site of Saint-Jean-Montclar still has an interesting heritage in addition to its various activities related to mountain sports.

Built in the early 1970s, the Saint-Jean-Montclar ski resort is the main tourist attraction of the site. Built arcuate, it has an area ranging from 1300 to 2500 meters. The activities are not lacking, including the ability to learn to ski or hiking. The resort is home to many kinds of accommodation between hotels, tourist residences or holiday villages for families. Ice rink, playgrounds for children, or space very well designed services are also available to visitors. In the midst of a unique landscape, the Thirty Glorious style buildings do not clash and instead bring a certain charm to the whole. The station was labeled Mountain Village because of its usability and quality of its facilities. Saint-Jean-Montclar is also Green Station, an ecotourism label France.

Saint-Jean-Montclar also retains the typical architectural heritage that recalls the traditional style of this region of France. Thus can still admire the remains of the castle of Montclar built between 1640 and 1660. He retained the Louis XIV style wood paneling and has two towers covered roofs pepperpot polygonal.

Chapels and churches are spread throughout the town, between the ski resort and the various hamlets of Montclar. We can thus appreciate the charms of St. Michael's Church dating back to 1645, the church of Saint-Léger built in the late thirteenth century and rebuilt in 1830, or the church of La Villette, home to a chasuble linen and wool seventeenth century, listed historical monument.

Walking around Saint-Jean-Montclar, it is possible to admire the ruins of the ancient village of Montclar, completely destroyed during the Wars of Religion. Nearby, Lake Saint-Léger is a very pleasant place to walk, like Fort Dormillouse built in the late nineteenth century.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Saint-Jean-Montclar The station is constantly boiling regularly with entertainment and other events full of charm.

Saint-Jean-Montclar hosts a very friendly market to end on Sunday from mid-December March and July to late August.

Place in the day of ice in January, as well as Ele'fente telemark. This event takes place at all sites of the White Valley and offers different activities around the telemark, as discoveries hikes and initiations.

The Feast of the mountain, in June, lets learn about outdoor or enjoy the entertainment activities.

In July, a festival altitude country western station ablaze with different music and entertainment of all kinds to discover this music came straight from the United States.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning in the Ubaye Valley
Sports sensations42 € Saint-Vincent-les-Forts (2.9 km)
Rafting and river sports on the Ubaye
Sports sensations35 € to 40 € Le Lauzet-Ubaye (6.3 km)
Rafting in Ubay in the Alps
Sports sensations40 € Le Lauzet-Ubaye (6.7 km)
Tubing on Lake Serre-Ponçon
Sports sensations17 € Savines-le-Lac (13.1 km)
Maiden tandem paraglider flight
Sports sensations59 € to 175 € Embrun (20 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Notre-Dame du Laus
HikeIntermediate5h00La Bâtie-Vieille (21 km)
La Bâtie-Vieille - Rambaud
HikeEasy3h00La Bâtie-Vieille (21 km)
Tour of Moissière
HikeEasy2h30Ancelle (23 km)
The Arche and the Aiguille
HikeAthletic3h00Ancelle (26 km)
The Piolit
HikeIntermediate4h30Ancelle (26 km)

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