Nevache, Hautes-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

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Nevache is a small village and ski resort in the Clarée valley to the north-east of the Hautes-Alpes department of Provence, in the French alps. The village is at an altitude of 1600 metres, and close to the border with Italy and the large Serre Chevalier skiing region.

Nevache village

Although visitors to Nevache are usually here to enjoy the skiing, the scenery or other mountain activities, the village also deserves to be explored.

An unspoiled traditional mountain village, the most important monument within the village of Névache is the 15th century Church of Saint-Marcellin. Note in particular the lower part of the belltower which was originally part of an earlier castle that stood in the same location, and the decorative carved entranceway.

There are several small restaurants in the village ideal for replenshing your energy after a day in the mountains.

The Vallée de la Clarée and the Surrounding region

Vallee de la ClareeThe Vallée de la Clarée has some stunning mountain scenery and for this reason is one of the 33 'Grand Sites de France'.  The valley begins very close to Briancon and  passes Nevache after which the scenery becomes markedly more alpine. As well as Nevache there are a couple of  other small villages to discover and a number of churches and chapels. 

Val-des-Prés, tiny as it is,  became famous in the 1970s as the home of  Emilie Carles  who wrote the best-selling book 'Une soupe aux herbes sauvage' . Plampinet, a little further along has a small church and a little chapel  with some wonderful frescoes dating from the 15th and 16th century. The chapel of Notre Dame in particular should not be missed for its frescoes of the seven deadly sins. The chalets de Laval are at the end of the road - from here you need to walk to explore further.

There are several very picturesque mountain lakes such as the Cristol Lake to discover in the mountains around Nevache, and in the the Clarée Valley and Etroite Valley - there are too many scenic highlights to mention here in this lovely (but isolated) mountain region, but rest assured if you are seeking an authentic mountain experience in France this is a good place to bring your walking boots!

Clarée Valley: the river Clarée passes through a dramatic landscape of mountains, forests and picturesque lakes, in a region that is now a protected environment. The valley is often snowbound and access is dificult outside summer months. In the summer walk to the Lac de la Clarée and the Lac des Cerces.

Etroite Valley: another stunning valley near Nevache, the Etroite valley ('narrow valley') is on the border between France and Italy towards the east of the village.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Hautes-Alpes guide and the Provence guide.

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Address: Névache, Briançon-Nord, Briançon, Provence, 5100, France || GPS: latitude 45.019722, longitude 6.605278

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Vallee de la Claree: grand site of france (8 km)
  • Briancon: secteur sauvegarde (13 km)
  • Briancon fortifications (Vauban fortifications): heritage site (13 km)
  • Jardin alpin du Lautaret: remarkable garden (21 km)
  • La Meije: site of natural beauty (23 km)
  • La Grave: most beautiful village (24 km)
  • Aiguilles d'Arves: site of natural beauty (24 km)
  • L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: recommended detour (25 km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne: recommended detour (35 km)

The French version of this page is at Nevache (Francais)