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Le Saix

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Le Saix - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

10 km from Veynes (chief town of the district) at the foot of Lake Peyssier in an area arboreal many and varied attractions, Le Saix village character awards at competitions for the flowering of France, is visited for its houses flowering stone, its part of the valley floor, and is known for its atmosphere and entertainment.

Location: With its grand geological formation, the site opens from the throats of Gouravour on the cliffs of Fai, rising by the torrent of waterfalls and basins Maraize to reach the plateau and Lake Peyssier.

Climate, strong Mediterranean influence in the Alps medium altitude (800 - 1800 m) very rugged, promotes the development of flora and fauna of great diversity through the existing number of different habitats.

Configuration steep and the access to the site has helped its preservation.

The General Council of Hautes-Alpes area classified "Sensitive Natural Area" in 1987.

The inventory ZNIEFF reveals the presence of plant species quality.

A study has revealed the existence of "the blessed fruit" which is the only French resort on this website, and rich fauna.

Its designation as SACs Natura 2000 network must be examined shortly.

The common Saix is ​​included in the scope of the Regional Park Baronnies.

The town is inhabited for 4000 years before Christ, and many prehistoric sites exist on its territory. There was a villa built near the current cemetery, the Gallo-Roman period.

In the Middle Ages, a castle was built on the Citadel is an important stronghold of the Barony of Val d'Oze. In 1424 the lord of Saix John Gruel was killed at the Battle of Verneuil against the English.

At the time of the Wars of Religion, the lord of Saix is ​​military governor of the place of Gap, and leader of the Catholic in 1573 that earned him being beaten by Montbrun Lesdiguieres, destroying his castle Saix, then the Abbey Clausonne above the mountain.

The village is built at that time under the ruins of the old castle. It will still be looted during the war of Savoy in 1692.

Le Saix hosted the "maquis", resistant during the last World War, especially in the former village of Clausonne. François Mitterrand there come several times to meet them. A "raid" in January 1944 deportation will send a son of the village, who will not turn ...

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Saix
Tourism label
Latitude44.4750140 (N 44° 28’ 30”)
Longitude5.8243859 (E 5° 49’ 28”)
AltitudeFrom 774m to 1830m
Surface area22.15 km²
Population104 inhabitants
Density4 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (34 km, 35 min)
Insee code05158
IntercommunalityCC Buëch Dévoluy
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Chabestan3.6 km (6 min)
Saint-Auban-d'Oze3.9 km (7 min)
Châteauneuf-d'Oze6.5 km (11 min)
Oze7.8 km (12 min)
La Bâtie-Montsaléon9.3 km (14 min)
Aspremont9.4 km (15 min)
Veynes10.4 km (18 min)
Savournon11.3 km (18 min)
Saint-Pierre-d'Argençon13.2 km (18 min)
Aspres-sur-Buëch13.4 km (17 min)
Serres13.7 km (17 min)
Furmeyer13.8 km (24 min)
Le Bersac15.2 km (24 min)
Sigottier16.4 km (21 min)
Montmaur16.8 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Le Saix attracted by its location and its magnificent environment? But he is best known for its atmosphere, the joy of living of its people and the warm welcome they know aside. "Le Saix is not a village, is a tribe," one hears in the neighborhood. It has, for its fantastic atmosphere, deliver exceptional festivities, which gave him a reputation throughout the south of the department. The pyro-melodic shows designed and constructed on site attracted over 5 000 spectators, who sometimes came from afar to the occasion. Jacques Higelin, the heads or other Raides Arthur H came to entertain the crowd during the festival "Pay'z in Music" which is held every year at Pentecost. Animate international sites by meeting the cultural village and the gigantic trunks they have made impressive gorges in the ISP, are "singing mountain".


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Le Saix in the snow at Christmas...
Le Saix in the snow at Christmas...
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The mistaken who blackmailed the mountain - The Fai Le Saix
The mistaken who blackmailed the mountain - The Fai Le Saix
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Remains of the Abbey of Clausonne - Le Saix
Remains of the Abbey of Clausonne - Le Saix
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Payz'en Festival Music in the village
Payz'en Festival Music in the village
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Festival August 15
Festival August 15
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Cascade Clausonne
Cascade Clausonne
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Concert Heads Straight - Payz'en Music
Concert Heads Straight - Payz'en Music
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Building International youth - The Fai Le Saix
Building International youth - The Fai Le Saix
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Sunday 24 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 22°C
Monday 25 september
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C
Tuesday 26 september
Min. 8°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning or via ferrata in the Buëch Valley
Sports sensations30 € La Faurie (12.7 km)
Horse ride or trek in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors19 € to 75 € La Roche-des-Arnauds (15.4 km)
Visit a beekeeper and vegetable and saffron producer
Local flavours2 € Saint-Julien-en-Beauchêne (18.4 km)
Donkey trek in Hautes Alpes
Nature and the great outdoors40 € to 330 € Éourres (31 km)
Two-seat paraglider flight in Provençale Drôme
Sports sensations70 € to 120 € Mévouillon (39 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Marmites du Diable loop
HikeIntermediate2h15La Faurie (12.2 km)
Notre-Dame du Laus
HikeIntermediate5h00La Bâtie-Vieille (28 km)
La Bâtie-Vieille - Rambaud
HikeEasy3h00La Bâtie-Vieille (28 km)
The white bridge trail
HikeEasy3h00Saint-Laurent-du-Cros (29 km)
Tour of Moissière
HikeEasy2h30Ancelle (34 km)


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