The Area

Briancon areaBriancon, a beautiful historic old town just inside the Italian border was classed a Unesco world heritage site in 2008. At the intersection of three valleys - Serre Chevalier, the Valley of the Clarée and the Valley of the Durance, Briancon is on the doorstep of the Ecrins National Park nature reserve. The area also boasts one of the country’s largest ski resorts, Serre Chevalier, and also the oldest, Montgenevre, site of the first ever international ski competition held in 1907. In the other direction, a short drive brings us to La Grave, the village situated below the massif of La Meije.

CP14Briancon's unique geographical position led to the construction of its now famous fortifications started by Marshall Vauban in the late 17th century. This location is also responsible for the area’s superb climate owing to a strong mediterranean influence. No less than three hundred days of sun per year, according to Briançon's tourist office and perfect for hiking even in the spring and autumn.

CP12Owing to the climate and also to the unique local geology, the flora and fauna of the area is not only abundant but also incredibly diverse. Ideal for hikers who wish to photograph or simply observe the natural beauty.

For those wishing to tackle the mountains head-on there are two peaks in the region above four thousand meters and literally hundreds of three thousanders, many of which can be climbed with simple hiking skills.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing walking holiday or more challenging hiking, come and discover this beautiful mountainous region, steeped in history both natural and manmade.