Summer in the Serre Chevalier Valley.

Summer in Serre Chevalier can be exciting, filled with adrenaline sports, or chilled, calm and relaxing, the choice is yours. We’ve just got back from a fabulous trip , and managed to do a bit of both.

We started the trip with a great overnight stop in Champagne, which I will be adding to our list of recommended places to stay, and arrived in Monetier-les-Bains around 5pm. The weather was glorious if a little breezy, quite normal for that time of day though.

The first morning saw us heading off to stock up at the supermarket in Briancon, followed by a trip to the wine shop for some of the excellent local wine, Domaine de Tresbaudon.  We had a walk around the village later in the day, stopping off for an aperitif, before eating dinner in the apartment.

Walking figured quite a lot this time, walks to Le Lauzet, down the Tabuc from Le Bachas, and an epic trip up from Villeneuve to Aravet and back, with an excellent lunch at Le Bercail in the middle. If anyone is looking for some truly different mountain food, you should try it.Forgotten vegetables, local meats  and wild herbs figure prominently. Looking forward to a repeat visit over the winter.

Julian tried his best to film his mountain bike  trip down from Le Lauzet to Monetier, but his headcam always seemed to cut out and he never succeeded.  Poor thing had a hard climb up, although it is apparently a blast back down again.

We spent a lovely day near Plampinet with a picnic and some climbing gear, as well as  Gavin and Mel (Eurekaski) and their small children. I didn’t try the rock climbing, but Jules enjoyed it, and can’t wait to try it again.

On a couple of days we just sat on the terrace, and had a swim in the pool, but if you are an adrenaline junkie, there are several opportunities  for white water rafting, kayaking  and mountain biking close to the apartment.

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