The Vercors Plateau
Located at an altitude of 1,000 metres, the forests and meadows of the Vercors Plateau extend to fill the landscape between the limestone summits. You can learn more about the area by visiting the local heritage centre in Villard-de-Lans, and the Vercors regional park visitor’s centre in Lans-en-Vercors. Also in Lans-en-Vercors, discover a unique museum that offers a little magic for the child in all of us…
Located in the former town hall in the centre of Villard-de Lans, the Maison du Patrimoine (local heritage centre) presents the history of the Quatre-Montagnes area.
The centre focuses on two different themes: daily life (agriculture, crafts), and the historical events that have impacted the region (WWII Resistance, Olympic Games, the development of tourism, etc.). The museum also hosts temporary artistic and heritage exhibits.
Just a few kilometres away, Corrençon-en-Vercors is the last village before the Hauts-Plateaux du Vercors nature reserve. Here you can temporarily trade your bike for a golf caddy and enjoy the 18-hole golf course, which is surrounded by meadows and forests.
Also take the opportunity to visit the Eglise de Lans-en-Vercors, which features an 11th century bell tower that is a registered historic landmark. The bell tower is evidence of the village’s long history. For many years this was the largest community on the plateau, until it was overtaken by Villard-de-Lans.
Magie des automates
On a more playful note, the resort-village of Lans-en-Vercors is also home to Magie des Automates, a museum of mechanised puppets in fanciful settings that are sure to enthrall children and adults alike. With the push of a button, each scene comes to life with sound, lighting, and movement: a chamois climbing a mountain, a circus trainer cracking his whip for a group of pink panthers, crocodiles playing rock and roll, teddy bears exploring the caves of Choranche… It’s truly magical!
Panoramic views not to miss
- Halfway between Villard-de-Lans and Lans-en-Vercors, take the time to turn around and admire the magnificent Vercors range.
- In the hamlet of Geymonds: nice views, picnic tables, public toilets.
- Panoramic map in the Glénat parking area, in the centre of Villard-de-Lans.
Recipe for ‘ravioles’ with bleu du Vercors-Sassenage