Savines le Lac
Savines le Lac, a pretty village along the shores of the Serre Ponçon lake
Population : 866 inh. - Altitude : 800 m.
At the edge of the Ecrins National Park, and surrounded by high peaks (Le Morgon, Aiguilles de Chabrières and Mont Guillaume), Savines le Lac deserves its title of "green holiday resort".
When Serre-Ponçon lake, was created, the rising waters eventually covered the old village of Savines, and so in the 1960's Savines le Lac was built. It is a smart agreeable village situated close to the lake, pleasantly exposed due south ( 300 days of sunshine per year!).
Here you will find several piers catering for the numerous water sports available on Serre-Ponçon lake, all the necessary shops and numerous café terraces looking out over the lake, carefully tended lawns, a pretty square with a water jet in the middle, from where you will have a perfect view of a fine white church built very much in the "sixties" style !
On market days at Savines Le Lac, you'll be able to fill your shopping bag with lavander honey and fir honey, a huge selection of vegetables of the season, local cold meats from the mountains, Provençal fabrics, pottery and wooden toys produced by the local artisans, etc...
What to see
The modern church.
Cruise boat la Carline.
All white-water sports (canoeing and rafting down river, sailing, water skiing, rowing, etc.)...
Mountain-biking. Angling, Tennis. Swimming.
Climbing ("La Rochette" cliff)..
High mountain races (Ecrins National Park).
Forestry and botanical trails.
In winter, skiing nearby (10 km from Réallon and 20 km from les Orres).
Bed and breakfast.
Numerous holiday rentals.