Villages and hamlets
L'Argentière-La Bessée is the link between the areas of Briançon and Guillestre, and has a rich industrial history. Today we can still find lots of evidence of this so why not come and find out about its exceptional mining heritage. L'Argentière-La Bessée is now known more for its sustainable tourism based on sport as it is a recognised centre for white water sports in France, so take the chance to discover the joys of rafting down this magnificent azure coloured river.
Get some height and make a detour to this undeniably charming village. Discover its natural, historical and architectural heritage; a crossroads between the Durance and Freissinières valleys!
Beautiful Freissinières … a short stay, a hike, an unforgettable panorama for your holiday in our beautiful area! Gateway to the Parc National des Écrins, you can easily imagine life in the mountain pastures of this wild valley of a thousand marvels.
Cradled by the banks of the turbulent glacial stream called the Gyr, Pelvoux offers an unspoilt, natural setting, sheltered by the foothills of Mont Pelvoux. Its boundaries, places aptly named Glacier Blanc and Aiguilles d’Ailefroide for example, will delight those of you who love mountains and wild places. On your way up to the high peaks you will certainly pass through this unique site, combining high mountain and stunning scenery.
Puy Saint Vincent
Puy Saint Vincent, “sheltered from the winds”, is a ski resort with exceptional snow conditions, perched on a rocky outcrop, doted with beautiful chapels attesting to its rich historical past. Opposite its little sister Pelvoux-Vallouise, Puy Saint Vincent offers us an unrivalled view over the most beautiful scenery of the Massif des Écrins.
La Roche-de-Rame, an ancient feudal city, knew a prosperous past ; today you will be stunned by the beauty of its lake … a wonderful, reposing stop during your Écrins adventures!
Vallouise is a picturesque village, full of old world charm and is therefore a place very close to the hearts of those who love the area. Many say that they find a calming peacefulness in Vallouise which offers a diversity of things to do in both summer and winter.
At the confluence of the Durance and Vallouise valleys, the little village of Les Vigneaux is a crossroads of your stay in the Pays des Écrins. The commune’s cultural and historical heritage is much influenced by its wine producing history. Those visitors interested in history and mountain life, will easily be tempted to stay in this charming village nestled at the foot of the Massif du Montbrison, birthplace of numerous outdoor activities.
Commune with a thriving past, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières was a stage on the roads leading to Santiago de Compostella from Turin. Today it’s a place that you really should visit during your time in the Pays des Écrins! Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières has a true mountain ambience and would be an ideal place to stay.