• Val d'Oronaye


The highest town in the valley is named after Noah’s ark.

A few kilometres from Italy, near the Mercantour National Park, this high alpine territory was, in the thirteenth century, one of the most populous areas of the Ubaye.

Severely marked by the Second World War, the village was completely destroyed and then rebuilt by its inhabitants.

In winter, the northern area of Larche is a major site in the region with 30 km of ski slopes all the way to the beautiful valley of Lauzanier.


The meyres, alpine huts of stone, would have given the village its name.

A village built in a passage that belonged to the kingdom of France, it was repeatedly destroyed by the Italians and the Germans.

The village has kept its legends and its pilgrims: unmarried girls and the terminally ill climb to St. Ours to find a cure for their ailments.

The starting point for excursions to discover the forts of St. Ours, upper and lower, Fort Roche-la-Croix, the jewel in the crown of the Alps Maginot Defence line.