Hautes-Alpes places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Hautes-Alpes department of Provence. See also our Hautes-Alpes travel guide

photo of Briancon


The town of Briancon is best known for its extensive Vauban fortifications, and also has lots to discover in its old town
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photo of Embrun


The historic centre of Embrun is usually visited at the same time as the leisure lake of Lac de Serre Poncon
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photo of Gap


Not a major tourist destination, in Gap we suggest you take a stroll around the attractive Place Jean-Marcellin
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photo of L'Argentiere-la-Bessee


The silver mines in L'Argentiere la Bessée, very active in the 19th century, are now reopened as a popular tourist attraction
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photo of La Grave

La Grave

Although better known as a ski resort, the village of La Grave is also a very unspoiled traditional mountain village
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photo of Lake Serre-Poncon

Lake Serre-Poncon

Among many beautiful Alpine lakes we mention the Lac de Serre-Poncon because of its spectacular setting and wide range of leisure activities
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photo of Mont-Dauphin


The fortified mountain town of Briancon, one of the highest towns in Europe, is dominated by its historic fortifications
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photo of Nevache


The picturesque mountain village of Nevache is well placed to explore the scenic Vallée de la Clarée
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photo of Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier

Serre-Chevalier is an extensive alpine ski region, based around Briancon and incorporating many resorts and villages
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photo of Valgaudemar Valley

Valgaudemar Valley

The valley of Valgaudemar is one of many picturesque natural highlughts in the high Alps region
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For more information see the Hautes-Alpes guide

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Market towns & days in Hautes-Alpes

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Abries: Wednesday
Briancon: Sunday (high season only)
Briancon: Wednesday
Chorges: Sunday
Embrun: Saturday
Embrun: Wednesday (high season only)
Gap: Wednesday & Saturday
Guillestre: Monday
L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: Friday
La Grave: Thursday
Laragne-Monteglin: Thursday
Le Monetier-les-Bains: Friday (high season only)
Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur: Monday
Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur: Thursday (high season only)
Serres: Saturday
Vallouise: Thursday
Veynes: Thursday

Tourist attractions to visit in Hautes-Alpes

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Briancon: See tourist guide


Sites of Natural Beauty

Cirque de Viso

Col de la Lombarde

Lac de Serre-Poncon: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Briancon: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Domaine de Charance

Jardin alpin du Lautaret

Regional Natural Parcs


Towns classified as Recommended Detours

L'Argentiere-la-Bessee: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Place Forte de Mont-Dauphin

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

La Grave: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Briancon fortifications (Vauban fortifications): See tourist guide

Mont-Dauphin place forte (Vauban fortifications)

Grand Sites of France

Vallee de la Claree: See tourist guide