Ubaye and Mexico
Exploring the Americas

Open to trade and to exchanges, the economy of the Valley relied for a long time on the textile industry combining wool manufacturing and silk spinning. The inhabitants of the Ubaye valley, very early trained in "the art of being a trader", left the Valley to sell their products of silks and linens in Provence, Dauphiné, Piedmont, Flanders...

Mexican fiestas in Barcelonnette in tribute to migrants
Mexican fiestas in Barcelonnette as a tribute to migrants

at the discovery of the Americas

In the mid-nineteenth century, permanent emigration replaced seasonal emigration and led the entrepreneurs of the Valley to the Americas; at first in Louisiana of French tradition, then to Mexico where Jacques Arnaud (1781 - 1828) established a textile business around 1818 - 1820 associated with his brothers Dominique and Marc-Antoine, paving the silk route to Mexico. 

Mexican Villa in Barcelonnette
Mexican villas have full dimension in Barcelonnette

Privileged destination since the Second Empire, Mexico concentrated the largest community of emigrants from Ubaye, called the Barcelonnettes which gave birth to several generations of manufacturerstraders and bankers, who would become the "preferred partners" (John Meyer) of the young republic of the United States of Mexico between 1870 and 1910.

Barcelonnette " Mexican Town" in the Alps

Spread over half a century (1880 - 1930), the construction of the villas of Barcelonnette and Jausiers clusters around fifty buildings which helped create a new urbanism, close to that of contemporary spa towns, where, in the same way, parks and gardens outweigh the constructions. The result is the spirit of a resort that characterizes the emergence of this new architecture, common on the Mediterranean coast and on the seaside resorts of the Atlantic coast.

Mexican Villa Barcelonnette
Mexican Villa in Barcelonnette
Mexican Villa Barcelonnette
Mexican Villa in Barcelonnette

The founders were all children of Barcelonnette, returning after long years of emigration and who all have been very successful in the textile and trading industry. Thus, after having been at the forefront of good taste and modernity, they concentrated on building modern villa's where they could spend the summer afterwards leaving to the sea side as soon as it got cold. Alexandre Reynaud, father of Paul Reynaud, French statesman (1878 - 1966), was one of the first persons who build an elegant villa. Its perfect proportions and symmetry remind of the great classical mansions of the historic centre of Barcelonnette.


Great location with a town close by. Enough to do (paintball, rafting). Nice animation team with hot english girl.

Camping dans les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence


Rioclar*** News Info of Ubaye valley

New accomodations at the Rioclar Campsite!

Discover our new lodge tents!

Tree house tent for 2 pers.  : unusual stay in the forest with a direct access to the river

Tent ready to camp 2 pers.  : a tent ready to camp in the forest with view on the mountains

the Rioclar hosts you to follow the canoë kayak championships of France

The France canoë kayak Championships will take place from Tuesday 9 July to Sunday 14 July 2019 right in front of the Rioclar campsite!

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The Rioclar campsite hosts you to follow the Tour de France

Wedn. 24/07 : Stage 17 : Pont du Gard - Gap

Thurs. 25/07 : Stage 18 : Embrun -Valloire

Route of the Tour de France

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