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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Overlooking the Durance and hung on his rock, the old Embrun city owes its name to its position. The first inhabitants of the Celtic tribes call: Eburodunum (Ebr: water and Dun fortress hill).

Located in a geographic transition formed by the valley of the Durance one hand and his two highest slopes around 3000 m on the other hand, Embrun, 870 m, has a climate among the driest and sunniest of the Alps . This is why it is rightly nicknamed "Nice of the Alps" because of its temperate climate. Embrun is surrounded by mountains, unspoilt nature - the town is included in the peripheral zone of the Ecrins National Park - and winter sports resorts equipped (Les Orres, Vars-Risoul, Reallon Crévoux).

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.5641640 (N 44° 33’ 51”)
Longitude6.4958650 (E 6° 29’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 778m to 2800m
Surface area36.39 km²
Population6516 inhabitants
Density179 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (39 km, 38 min)
Insee code05046
IntercommunalityCC de l'Embrunais
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Nearest cities & towns

Baratier4.5 km (9 min)
Crots5.4 km (9 min)
Puy-Sanières6.1 km (13 min)
Saint-André-d'Embrun6.6 km (12 min)
Châteauroux-les-Alpes7 km (10 min)
Puy-Saint-Eusèbe8.5 km (18 min)
Savines-le-Lac9.8 km (15 min)
Saint-Sauveur9.9 km (16 min)
Saint-Clément-sur-Durance12.8 km (15 min)
Les Orres12.9 km (23 min)
Réallon15.6 km (28 min)
Crévoux16 km (27 min)
Pontis16.6 km (23 min)
Réotier17.5 km (24 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The Embrunman: Created in 1984, is a long distance Embrunman which runs August 15th triathlon. The test is considered to be one of the toughest in the world with 3,800 m swim in the cold waters of Lake Serre-Ponçon, 188 km of cycling, the crossing of the Col d'Izoard, and ends with a marathon where the gradient is not negligible.


Rafting on the Durance at the iron bridge at Embrun
Rafting on the Durance at the iron bridge at Embrun
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden tandem paraglider flight
Sports sensations59 € to 175 € Embrun
Waterskiing on Serre-Ponçon Lake
Sports sensations25 € Crots (6.7 km)
Rafting - Inflatable canoe
Sports sensations34 € to 64 € Réotier (14.4 km)
Visit a sundial workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeMont-Dauphin (15.5 km)
Rafting and river sports on the Ubaye
Sports sensations30 € to 35 € Le Lauzet-Ubaye (15.7 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Moissière
HikeEasy2h30Ancelle (22 km)
The Arche and the Aiguille
HikeAthletic3h00Ancelle (24 km)
The Piolit
HikeIntermediate4h30Ancelle (24 km)
Tour of the Cuchon
HikeIntermediate5h00Ancelle (24 km)
Ancelle - Voile de la Mariée Waterfall
Car itineraryEasy4h00Ancelle (24 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals