Savine the lake

Activities in the Barcelonnette valley for the Easter holidays

The opportunity to experience unique adventures in the heart of the French Alps during your Easter holidays in Barcelonnette."

What to do in Barcelonnette during the Easter holidays?

THE easter holiday 2024 begins this year on April 6 and ends on May 6, it takes place on different dates in 3 zones: zone A, B and C

Zone A from Saturday April 13 to April 29

Zone B from Saturday April 20 to May 6

Zone C from Saturday April 6 to April 22

Barcelonnette, located in the Ubaye valley, and Lake Serre-Ponçon fall within the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, thus placing them in zone B.

4 activities in Ubaye valley of Barcelonnette

Come explore Ubaye, an unforgettable experience for Easter holidays has Barcelonnette.

White water sports

White water sports are off to a fresh start with the early opening of the season by Crazy Water Rafting on March 21, offering a range of thrilling activities on the Ubaye River, including rafting and hydrospeed. At this time, the snow begins to thaw, offering the ideal opportunity to experience the first sensations of white water. In general, we have a maximum flow rate of 30 cubic meters per second, allowing rafting navigation along the “Best of” route from Martinet to Lauzet Ubaye.

What is rafting?

Rafting Barcelonnette

Rafting is a nautical activity which consists of going down rivers with rapids aboard an inflatable raft called Rafting, operated by a team of paddlers and led by an instructor. This adventure offers an outdoor aquatic experience, combining fun navigation with adrenaline in a wild landscape.

Hydrospeed What is it?

Easter holiday activity

L'hydrospeed or whitewater swimming is an aquatic discipline where the practitioner, equipped with a board called hydrospeed, races down rivers in whitewater using their fins to navigate on the surface of the water. This nautical activity offers a thrilling and direct experience with the rapids, providing a unique sensation of gliding along the Ubaye.

What is kayak rafting?

Easter vacation kayaking

Kayak rafting is a whitewater boat that combines the characteristics of kayaking and rafting. Participants use larger, stable inflatable kayaks, often called "hot dogs," to paddle down rivers while enjoying the agility and control unique to kayaking. This activity offers a fun and accessible experience, ideal for those who want to enjoy the sensations of kayaking while benefiting from the safety and stability of a raft.

The packraft

Come and discover Packraft on the Ubaye, it’s a new activity near Barcelonnette

For Easter holidays, we invite you to discover our stay offer “ packraft » expeditions on the Ubaye River, a unique aquatic activity intended for explorers and adventurers eager for discovery. In April, the generous flow of the Ubaye offers ideal conditions for a descent of several kilometers over the course of two days, while taking with you the necessary equipment for a memorable bivouac. An aquatic adventure in immersions awaits you, combining the beauty of the nature of the Barcelonnette valley and the excitement of white water.

Unusual crazy bubble accommodation

It's the long-awaited opening of the unusual Crazy Bulle accommodations on April 15! Come and enjoy a night suspended in the trees, under the stars, protected from insects and bad weather. Book now your unusual stay for a unique experience in a bubble.

Winter Sports – skiing

Some of you, depending on your location and snow conditions, will still be able to enjoy the joys of skiing with the Praloup resort, which tends to close its doors on April 15. During this period, especially in the morning, the snow still offers pleasant conditions for skiing.

In the afternoon, with the rise in temperatures, it becomes softer, hence the interest in taking walks near the lakes or, for the more sporty, in treating yourself to arafting descent on the Ubaye for a refreshing experience.


Although the snow persists at altitude, the hiking trails at Barcelonnette become practicable. It is recommended to obtain information from the Tourist Office of Barcelonnette and, if necessary, bring snowshoes. If cold and snow are not your preferences, we advise you to explore the walks around Lake Serre-Ponçon, where the weather is often milder. Discover our selection of hikes around Lauzet Ubaye, or contact the Serre-Ponçon Tourist Office in Savine le lac who will be happy to guide you.
Don't miss the unmissable walk to the Pic du Morgon, the region's hike to gain altitude and enjoy a 360° panoramic view above the Serre-Ponçon lake and the Ubaye valley.

Village to visit

Discover Barcelonnette

Barcelonnette, the capital of the Ubaye valley, remains an essential place to visit during the Easter holidays. In a spring atmosphere, explore its lively pedestrian streets, imbued with a unique mountainous atmosphere. Don't miss the Mexican-style villas that surround this charming town. An authentic experience awaits you, combining mountain culture and unique architecture.

St. Vincent-les-Forts

We highly recommend visiting the picturesque village of St. Vincent-les-Forts, perched majestically above the Serre-Ponçon lake. From here you can contemplate the impressive grandeur of the lake, offering a breathtaking view. A getaway to St. Vincent-les-Forts promises a memorable experience, between village charm and spectacular panorama of one of the most beautiful lakes in the region.

Savine the lake

We can say that it is the emblematic port of Lake Serre-Ponçon. During the Easter holidays, activities on the lake are not always guaranteed, since the greenhouse lake is not yet full. The village is a must for anyone traveling to the Ubaye valley from the North of France. Crossing Chanteloup Bay with its small chapel in the middle of the water, on the road leading to La Demoiselle Coiffée, just 20 minutes from Crazy Water, you will be seduced by the charm of the surroundings of Savine le lac.

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