Sailing is also in the mountains! – South Region

Sailing is also in the mountains! – South Region
Sailing is also in the mountains! – South Region

The South Region is one of the only ones in France where you can practice mountain, coastal and country sports all year round and where major sporting events are organized in all urban, rural, coastlines. With the sailing plan, deployed since 2018, 32 million euros have been invested to support the practice of this sport, modernize the nautical bases, purchase equipment, support the athletes and train for maritime professions. On the banks of the lake of Serre-Ponçon, the Chanteloube nautical club, the Alpin nautical club, the harbor master’s office, the Chorges and Ubaye base were thus able to be modernized. The result is more and more enthusiasts ready to sail on designated waterways.


Between Gap and Embrun, Lake Serre-Ponçon is 28 km² of turquoise water in the middle of the peaks. Serre-Ponçon offers optimal swimming and navigation conditions. Kayak, board, sailboats, the schools around the lake multiply the proposals. Mountain obliges, it is even possible to practice mixed activities, skiing and sailing, in many clubs!

Holy Cross

Lake Sainte-Croix, one of the largest in France. Fed by the waters of the Verdon, it offers a breathtaking setting, with wide beaches for launching and swimming, and smaller coves to explore aboard a boat. In dinghy, catamaran, windsurfing, wing foil or kayak, there is no shortage of options.


In the middle of the mountains, a stone’s throw from Castellane, the small Castillon lake is well equipped with water sports facilities. Many activities are carried out by the clubs located all around the 8 kilometers of shore which make the beauty of the lake, punctuated by beautiful beaches.


With its calm waters, Lake Esparron is ideal for apprentice sailors. Here again there is no shortage of water sports centers and sailing sports are king, with facilities provided for people with disabilities. Gorges, coves, beaches and cliffs, these are the assets of this little corner of paradise.

Don’t forget to put a swimsuit in your hiking bag, and it’s your turn to sail around the lakes! And to find out everything about sailing in the region, go to



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