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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Briançon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Briançon is the highest city in Europe with its 1326 meters of altitude average. Since July 2008, Briançon, by " the fortifications of Vauban," is inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.8994160 (N 44° 53’ 58”)
Longitude6.6431790 (E 6° 38’ 35”)
AltitudeFrom 1167m to 2540m
Surface area28.07 km²
Population12737 inhabitants
Density453 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (85 km, 1h20)
Insee code05023
IntercommunalityCC du Briançonnais

Nearest cities & towns

Villar-Saint-Pancrace4.3 km (8 min)
Saint-Chaffrey4.5 km (9 min)
Puy-Saint-André5.7 km (11 min)
Puy-Saint-Pierre5.9 km (13 min)
Val-des-Prés7.5 km (12 min)
La Salle-les-Alpes8.5 km (13 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières9.3 km (13 min)
Serre Chevalier9.7 km (16 min)
Montgenèvre11.1 km (15 min)
Cervières11.5 km (17 min)
Le Monêtier-les-Bains14.7 km (19 min)
Les Vigneaux15.3 km (21 min)
L'Argentière-la-Bessée16.1 km (18 min)
Puy-Saint-Vincent19.8 km (26 min)

Things to see and do

Visit the fortifications of Vauban.

Visit the upper town, its church and its central streets with gargoyles.

View dizzying Asfeld bridge.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Briançon market every Wednesday.

Many animations neighborhood by neighborhood throughout the summer.

Visit the gardens the first weekend of June.

The European Heritage Days the third weekend of September.


View of the park and the valley of Briançon
View of the park and the valley of Briançon
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Pass road Granon
Pass road Granon
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View on the ramparts of Briançon
View on the ramparts of Briançon
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Iron Knight
Iron Knight
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Fountain Persens
Fountain Persens
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Alley with gargoyle Central
Alley with gargoyle Central
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Main Street with gargoyle
Main Street with gargoyle
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Alley with gargoyle
Alley with gargoyle
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An alley in the city High
An alley in the city High
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The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
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The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
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Friday 2 december
Min. 4°C - Max. 4°C
Saturday 3 december
Min. 1°C - Max. 1°C
Sunday 4 december
Min. 0°C - Max. 0°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Numerous hiking in the Parc National des Ecrins and the Regional Natural Park of Queyras.

Feel free to pass by the famous cols of the Tour de France Cyclist: Mountain passes of the Izoard, Galibier, Lautaret.

Features: Glacier Meije (3200 m).

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Ski trekking in the Queyras valleys
Sports sensations65 € Arvieux (15.2 km)
Canoe-kayak on the rivers of Hautes-Alpes
Sports sensations32 € to 115 € Saint-Crépin (22 km)
Visit a sundial workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeMont-Dauphin (26 km)
Rafting - Inflatable canoe
Sports sensations36 € to 68 € Réotier (26 km)
Rafting on the River Guil or Durance
Sports sensations28 € to 45 € Guillestre (27 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lakes and Snake Laramon
HikeIntermediate3h30Névache (13.7 km)
Long and Round lakes
HikeIntermediate4h30Névache (13.7 km)
Refuge Adèle Planchard
HikeAthletic6h45Villar-d'Arêne (25 km)
Descent from the Col du Galibier
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h10Le Monêtier-les-Bains (26 km)
Hiking to the Pavé Lake
HikeAthletic4h25Villar-d'Arêne (26 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals