Briancon tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The town of Briancon is best known for its extensive Vauban fortifications, and also has lots to discover in its old town

Briancon is situated in the Hautes-Alpes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Briancon. For detailed visitor information see the Briancon travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Briancon include "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Briancon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Popular places to visit nearby include Nevache at 13 km and L\'Argentiere-la-Bessee at 13 km.

Briancon, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier

Ski resort at 8 km (direction )

Serre-Chevalier is an extensive alpine ski region, based around Briancon and incorporating many resorts...

See Serre Chevalier guide


at 13 km (direction north-north-west)

The picturesque mountain village of Nevache is well placed to explore the scenic Vallée...

See Nevache guide


at 13 km (direction south-west)

The silver mines in L'Argentiere la Bessée, very active in the 19th century, are...

See L'Argentiere-la-Bessee guide
Ecrins National Park

Ecrins National Park

National Parc at 22 km (direction west), in the Isere department

Ecrins National Park is a very popular and very scenic National Park in the...

See Ecrins National Park guide


at 26 km (direction south)

The fortified mountain town of Briancon, one of the highest towns in Europe, is...

See Mont-Dauphin guide
La Grave

La Grave

Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction west-north-west)

Although better known as a ski resort, the village of La Grave is also...

See La Grave guide
Valgaudemar Valley

Valgaudemar Valley

Scenery at 36 km (direction west-south-west)

The valley of Valgaudemar is one of many picturesque natural highlughts in the high...

See Valgaudemar Valley guide


at 39 km (direction south-south-west)

The historic centre of Embrun is usually visited at the same time as the...

See Embrun guide


Ski resort at 42 km (direction west-north-west), in the Isere department

Les DeuxAlpes is one of the longest established and most popular Alpine ski resorts...

See Deux-Alpes guide
Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Ski resort at 44 km (direction west-north-west), in the Savoie department

The high altitude skiing at Val Thorens mean it has a longer season than...

See Val Thorens guide
Lake Serre-Poncon

Lake Serre-Poncon

Scenery at 49 km (direction south-west)

Among many beautiful Alpine lakes we mention the Lac de Serre-Poncon because of its...

See Lake Serre-Poncon guide


Ski resort at 50 km (direction west-north-west), in the Isere department

The well known ski station of Alpe d'Huez is also famous for the Tour...

See Alpe-d'Huez guide
Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

National Parc at 50 km (direction north-north-east), in the Savoie department

The stunning mountain scenery in the Vanoise National Park ensure its year around popularity...

See Vanoise National Park guide


at 58 km (direction west-south-west)

Not a major tourist destination, in Gap we suggest you take a stroll around...

See Gap guide

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Markets in and near Briancon

Market days in Briancon: seasonal market: Sunday; weekly market: Wednesday;

  • Briancon: market Sunday - seasonal market only (0km)
  • Briancon: market Wednesday (0km)
  • Le Monetier-les-Bains: market Friday - seasonal market only (12km)
  • Vallouise: market Thursday (13km)
  • L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: market Friday (13km)
  • Abries: market Wednesday (26km)
  • Guillestre: market Monday (27km)
  • La Grave: market Thursday (30km)
  • Embrun: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (40km)
  • Embrun: market Saturday (40km)

More information about Briancon, Provence

Tourist attractions near Briancon, France

What to do at Briancon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Briancon.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Place Forte de Mont-Dauphin (26km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Queyras (26km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin alpin du Lautaret (28km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • La Meije (28km)
  • Aiguilles d'Arves (34km)
  • Cirque de Viso (43km)
  • Lac de Serre-Poncon (49km)
  • Col de la Croix-de-Fer (49km)

Geography and distances

Briancon is in the south-east of France at 58 kilometres from Gap, the department capital (general information: Briancon is 547 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Briancon

Canton: Briançon

Arrondissement: Briançon

Department: Hautes-Alpes

Region: Provence

Postcode: 0

Distance to Briancon

from Gap (prefecture): 58 km

from Paris: 547 km

from Calais: 760 km

from Nice: 143 km

from Bordeaux: 568 km

from Strasbourg: 418 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Nice, Lyon or Grenoble airports. By car from the UK allow about 10 hours for the journey from Calais to here. For driving distances to Briancon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Puy-Saint-Andre, Puy-Saint-Pierre, Saint-Chaffrey, Val-Des-Pres and Villar-Saint-Pancrace.

This page in French: Visiter Briancon