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).
Notre Dame du Réal (XII and XIII): Restored in the 20th century, it is one of the most beautiful monuments of Dauphiné Alps, the porch is a specimen of Lombard art, the rose of the 15th century, organs of the late fifteenth, the altar of the 18th and especially the treasury are also remarkable.
The House of Chanonges facing the archdiocese, is a rare example of Romanesque civil architecture (thirteenth century) example, regular camera and twin windows. A lion sculpture in high relief a goat eating the façade.
The Brown Tower (XIII) is a square tower of the 12th century. It was the dungeon archbishops Embrun.
The Franciscan monastery, the seat of the Office of Tourism, whose chapels are decorated with frescoes of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Guided tour by the tourist office of Embrun monuments.
The water of Embrun: fed by the waters of the Durance which inflates the Serre-Ponçon.
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.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The recreational white water and mountain are numerous on Embrun. For whitewater activities, the passage of the wave Rabioux is a must for lovers of white water rafting and / or strong feeling.
The young ladies wearing: geological curiosity Savines-le-Lac.