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Hautes-Alpes

Travel Guide Europe France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Hautes-Alpes

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Introduction

Anybody who thinks that great mountain scenery in France is confined to Haute-Savoie and Savoie must have missed out on this area.

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Geography

Hautes-Alpes includes the National Park of Écrins and the Regional Natural Park of Queyras. The villages of the Queyras are noted for their sundials. The Queyras has a particularly favourable climate.

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Towns and villages

  • Briançon - near to the border with Italy, Briançon, the highest town in Europe, is in a great situation and has a lot of fortifications done by Vauban.
  • Ceillac - two beautiful camp sites among the larches and no end of great walks - fine centre for exploring the Queyras.
  • St Véran - the highest commune in Europe.
  • Aiguilles

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Sights and Activities

  • Monte Viso is, as its name suggests, just the other side of the Italian border but the views towards it when walking from above St Veran are superb.

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