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Municipal oven of Villar d'Arène visit

Bread oven visit
Learn about the tradition of “pô boulli” through a visit to the village oven
on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm.


Enter the tradition of 'po boulli' with a visit to the common oven followed by the screening of a film 'Alpine Village' shot in 1958.
Mr Maget, a French ethnologist, wrote a thesis on 'the Po Boulli'

Bread Festival 2020:
- August 01 & 02, 2020
- October 24 & 25, 2020

In the Commune de la Grave, 2 ovens are in operation: one in the hamlet of 'Ventelon', the other in the village of 'Chazelet'


Overtures :

From 01/07 to 31/08, every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 pm.
Meet you at the communal oven of Villar d'Arene.
In case of rain, it is possibleto visit the oven at 3 PM, by appointment.

On demand.




Adapted tourism :

Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance

Four banal de Villar d'Arène

Rue du four
05480 Villar d'Arène


Phone : 06 71 59 34 56

Le Four banal de Villar d'Arène

Pétrins du fou banal de Villar d'Arène - La Grave - © ©AlainROBERT

Villar d'Arène

04 76 79 90 05

Le Four banal de Villar d'Arène

Villar d´Arène has preserved an ancestral tradition of 'Po Bulli' (in patois) by completely renovating its oven and perpetuating the traditions each year.

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Association - Animation et la rénovation du four de Villar d'Arène

'Lo Po Bulli'
Villar d'Arene has preserved a very old tradition of 'Pain Boulli' (Boiled Bred) made of rye flour and water.

Currently, people share this moment of respect for tradition and conviviality during its manufacture, the third weekend of November (even TV journalist came to make a documentary-film about this tradition).Guided tours are organized by the Association of the Villar d'Arène's old Community Oven,to transmit a testimony to this life of the past. A film 'Alpine Village' made in 1958 is also presented durind the visit.(Marcel Maget, an anthropologist wrote a thesis about the 'Po Boulli').

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The land of the Meije (Circuit n°16)

La Meije domine La Grave - © Bertrand Boone

La Grave

04 76 79 90 05

The land of the Meije (Circuit n°16)

The village of La Grave, a temple for mountaineers and ofpiste skiers, is known the world over. However, due to its particularly tortuous access, this village was only linked to the rest of the world by road during the second half of the 20th century.

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