Several years ago we found a small campsite high in the mountains on our way back north from the Med. We remembered it as being sunny but the air was cool and fresh because of the altitude.
My pilot friends tell me that the temperature drops by 2ºC per 1000ft of altitude so at 4000ft our destination was bound to be a bit more comfortable.
The excellent roads from the lake took us south of Grenoble and then on to the steep, winding assent to Gresse-en-Vercors.
Gresse is a tiny village of the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ variety but has expanded with apartments and houses for the ski season. At the end of the road there are a number of ski lifts and lots of parking space with a small area reserved for camping-cars. Apart from a dump for waste water there are no other facilities for motorhomes.
Just a few hundred yards away though is Camping Les 4 Saisons (GPS 44.89665º 5.55573º), another ACSI site at €17 per night. With loos, showers, 6a hook-up, very friendly owners and wonderful views it is worth every penny.
Don’t expect the manicured Caravan Club type pitches, with the grass mown to within an inch of its life. Here the banks between pitches are left so that the wild flowers can grow and seed.
The place literally buzzes with life and is full of butterflies, one seemed to have a foot fetish as it kept returning and landing on our feet. Most of the time the buzzing of insects is the loudest noise.
After the heat and humidity of Annecy the fresh, cool mountain air was a treat.