Activity in Barcelonnette

Activities in Barcelonnette

Whether you are passionate about mountain sports, quiet walks in the countryside, or cultural discoveries, Barcelonnette is full of activities.

Barcelonnette, Town in the mountains

For activities in Barcelonnette, whether you are passionate about mountain sports, quiet walks in the countryside, or cultural discoveries, Barcelonnette is full of opportunities. Explore the hiking trails winding the surrounding peaks, delve into local history through its fascinating museums, or enjoy water sports.

The activities in Barcelonnette will appeal to thrill-seekers or simply looking for peace and quiet; Barcelonnette will satisfy all your desires for adventure and discovery.

Activity to do at Barcelonnette le Musée

What to do in Barcelonnette?

Barcelonnette located in the Southern Alps, more precisely in the Ubaye Valley, is the ideal destination for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and culture enthusiasts.

You will find an impressive range of outdoor activities in Barcelonnette, between high peaks, mid-mountains, lakes and rivers. Barcelonnette is also full of history with these Mexican houses to visit. It is good to stroll and visit the museum and the heart of the city.

The small center of Barcelonnette and its pedestrian street, Rue Manuel, is typical of mountain towns. It's a perfect place to eat and drink as well as shop and buy souvenirs from the many artisans of the Ubaye Valley.

Here are some of the best things to do in Barcelonnette:

Activities in Barcelonnette

Rafting activity in Barcelonnette

Rafting white water sport in Barcelonnette

Considered the most beautiful river in France for whitewater activities, the Ubaye is the jewel of Barcelonnette. With Crazy water rafting, You will find an incredible choice of courses for families, athletes and activity experts Rafting, Hydrospeed and Kayaking. Don't miss the descent of the Ubaye and its breathtaking landscapes.

What to do in Barcelonnette?

Hiking in the Alps

Barcelonnette is surrounded by magnificent mountains, making it a great destination for hikers. You can choose from several hiking trails of different difficulty levels and enjoy breathtaking views of the Ubaye Valley.

MTB circuit in Ubaye

Mountain biking and road biking

An essential destination for two-wheel enthusiasts, you will find mountain bike trails around Barcelonnette, Pra Loup and Haute Ubaye. The Col de la Bonette, the Col d'Allos and the Col de la Cayolle are legendary places for road bike climbs, in incredible landscapes. A greenway for cycling is being built, from Barcelonnette to Lauzet Ubaye. You can also drive to Lake Serre Ponçon via the Trans Ubayenne Tunnels.

Activities in Barcelonnette – Ubaye

Fly above Barcelonnette by paraglider

Paragliding in Barcelonnette

The surrounding mountains also provide ideal conditions for aerial sports, such as paragliding. You can have an unforgettable experience flying over the mountains in tandem with an instructor.

Skiing in Ubaye

Skiing and snowboarding

In winter, the ski resorts of Pra Loup, Sauze Super-Sauze and Saint-Anne, located near Barcelonnette, offer slopes for all levels. Also enjoy the warm atmosphere of the surrounding mountain villages.

Visited museums in Barcelonnette

Museum visit

If you are interested in the history of the region, be sure to visit the Barcelonnette Valley Museum. You will discover the history of Ubaye, from Gallo-Roman remains to more recent events such as the culture of Mexican houses.

Other Activities in Barcelonnette

You will find a large number of activities in Barcelonnette other than mountain activities, such as horse riding, tree climbing, karting, golf and many other activities for toddlers and adults!

Also discover the surroundings of Barcelonnette.

Summer events in the Barcelonnette Valley

Barcelonnette is also known for these festivals, such as the Jazz Festival or the Latino-Mexican Festival. Events take place throughout the summer and offer outdoor shows, concerts and entertainment for the whole family.

The Children's Jazz Festival

Period: Every summer, around July 20 and 25.

For 25 years, Barcelonnette has welcomed the big names of Jazz during concerts at the Parc de la Sapinière. You can also enjoy many free concerts in the city center.

The Latin-Mexican Festival

Period: Every summer, the first two weeks of August

Barcelonnette celebrates its history of the valley every year, with Mexico by organizing a magnificent colorful festival of dances, songs, costume parades and Latin demonstrations of all kinds.

If you are looking for more information on activities in Barcelonnette, visit the information site of Ubaye tourism which is very well done and will give you an excellent overview of your stay in the Ubaye Valley.

What to do in Jausiers, Barcelonnette Valley?

Just a 5-minute drive from Barcelonnette, Jausiers is the starting point for hikes to the upper Ubaye Valley, at the foot of the famous Col de Restefond, La Bonnette and the Col de Vars. These legendary passes host hill climbs with gatherings of old cars, mopeds and bicycles.

The Jausiers lake offers a very pleasant swimming spot during the summer season. You will find various activities such as wakeboarding, paddle and mini-golf to make the most of this charming and relaxing place. Swimming is supervised during school holidays and you will find a snack restaurant to eat. The heart of the village of Jausiers, picturesque and welcoming, is pleasant for walking. You will find food stores and pretty stores.

The must-see in Jausiers: the Maison de Pays, a magnificent center of craftsmanship in the Barcelonnette Valley. You can treat yourself with quality gifts and participate in the local economy. Soaps, liqueurs, jewelry, woolen fabrics, craft beers and many other products that are the pride of our region.

Jausier is 30 minutes from Lauzet Ubaye. There is only one road towards Lake Serre Ponçon to meet us at our Crazy Water Rafting base.

There is no shortage of activities in Barcelonnette and Jausiers! Come discover or rediscover this magnificent wild and preserved region, we will be happy to welcome you.

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie