Villeneuve / La Salle-les-Alpes The heart of the valley

It is the central commune of Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon, following the relief with malice, anchored since the dawn of time where the valley is wider and more favorable to expansion.

It is the one whose five hamlets, taking advantage of the space, have settled on both sides of the Guisane: Villeneuve, Le Bez on the right bank, La Salle, Les Pananches and La Chirouze on the left bank, and the one whose four mountain pasture hamlets have clung to the ubac (Fréjus and Goudissard) and to the adret (Puy-Chirouzan and Puy de La Salle). It is definitely the one that shines and juggles with constancy between tradition and modernity.

Around the climbing wall, hoisted like a totem that sets the tone, Villeneuve la dynamique spreads out its panel of activities. A visit to the Guide Bureau is enough to understand that Villeneuve climbs, hikes, flies, rides, runs, paddles.

On the green snow front, at the foot of the Casse-du-Bœuf chairlift, the mountain bikers, with their backs to the ground and helmets on their heads, embark on their way to the high altitude bike park.

At the Pontillas leisure base, hikers, walking sticks in hand, set off on the marked trails.

Budding skateboarders try a trick on the concrete modules while the rafters get ready to tame the torrent.

At the miniature golf course, the concentration is optimal despite the joyful cries of the trampoline jumpers. From rock climbing to the zip lines of theaccrobranche, from the pedal go-kart to the indoor swimming pool, Villeneuve is always on the move.

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In the old village, the shops of the country houses with colored facades animate the living postcard.

The sun floods the terraces. This old village is full of the spirit of the Alps.

Its history is told in the Autrefois mon village museum installed in the Sainte Luce chapel. Higher up, clinging to the slopes overlooking the valley, the hamlet of yesteryear is still organized around the church of Saint-Marcellin (15th century), its fountain and its school, which is still in operation. The pastoral life at the time of the sundials can still be seen in the bends of the alleys where barns, vegetable gardens and pastures follow one another. The heritage visits decipher the sacred art, tell the story of the peasantry in the country of the sausage with cabbage!

Did you know that?

In the 50's and 60's, Léon Agel, lyricist of the famous song "Mon amant de Saint-Jean", invested his royalties on the place de l'Aravet where he built several residences and financed the cable car.