Visit L'Argentiere-la-Bessee (Provence, France)
The village of Argentiere - and the associated silver mines of L'Argentiere-la-Bessee - are located in the Fournal Valley surrounded by mountains to the south-west of Briancon.
Note: there is also a town called Argentiere near Chamonix, so pay attention if you use a GPS to get here!
During the second half of the 19th century, the town was a very busy centre, due to the silver mines found here. The silver mining started with the Romans and continued until the start of the 20th century, with a brief resurgence due to aluminium mining. By 1910 all mining activity had stopped.
It is only in recent years that the mines have been reopened, this time as a tourist attraction, and you can now visit the mines and also see the tools and methods used for the silver mining in the associated museum, a popular and interesting tour that takes about two hours.
In the town itself you can see the 16th century Church of Saint-Apollinaire on the banks of the Durance river, especially known for the 16th century frescoes on the walls. The other main religious monument here is the 12th century Chapel Saint-Jean, in an attractive hillside setting and built on the site of a much older church.
There are also a sprinkling of traditional old buildings and farmhouses around the village.
Activities in the region
During the winter Argentiere is better known as a ski resort, and all year around it acts as a gateway to the Ecrins National Park with many opportunities for hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing and outdoor sports in the mountains.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for L'Argentiere-la-Bessee
L'Argentiere-la-Bessee is classified as a recommended detour town (plus beau detour)
Address: L'Argentiere-la-Bessee, Hautes-Alpes, Provence || GPS: latitude 44.7953, longitude 6.56
Map of L'Argentiere-la-Bessee & places nearby
Highlights close by
Serre Chevalier 21km
Ecrins National Park 21km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near L'Argentiere-la-Bessee.
See Provence and Hautes-Alpes (the region and department for L'Argentiere-la-Bessee) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near L'Argentiere-la-Bessee, France
- Briancon - secteur sauvegarde (13km)
- Briancon fortifications (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (14km)
- Mont-Dauphin place forte (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (15km)
- Place Forte de Mont-Dauphin - national monument (15km)
- Vallee de la Claree - grand site of france (21km)
- Queyras - regional natural parc (24km)
- La Meije - site of natural beauty (31km)
- Jardin alpin du Lautaret - remarkable garden (33km)
- La Grave - most beautiful village (34km)
- Lac de Serre-Poncon - site of natural beauty (35km)
Market days in L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: Regular market(s) are held in L'Argentiere-la-Bessee each Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at L'Argentiere-la-Bessee (Francais)