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L'Argentière-la-Bessée

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

L'Argentière-la-Bessée - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes
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Gateway Pays des Ecrins, L'Argentière-la-Bessée is located 1000 meters above sea level. The confluence of the Gyronde, the torrent Fournel and the Durance, it allows access to neighboring valleys Freissinières, Vallouise which rises to 4102 meters at the Barre des Ecrins, and Fournel. L'Argentière-la-Bessée named after the silver mines that were exploited from the 10th century. Abandoned in the early 20th century, the site is the subject of archaeological excavations since 1990, updating many vestiges currently valued and to visit the underground galleries.

The mine site and the Castle of St. John (XVIII-XIX) allowing the mining museum, are both listed as historic monuments. They house a research center under the label of scientific, technical and industrial.

The religious heritage is composed of a multitude of buildings whose major component is the church of Saint-Apollinaire 15th century listed building, with its murals and its lock-headed chimera.

Old industrial city, L'Argentière-la-Bessée is the symbol of a successful conversion. In recent years it has set up a circuit of industrial heritage visited by many people witnessed a willingness to showcase its rich history by turning to tourism.

Taking advantage of its location, it is the world capital in January practitioners ice climbing. Once the snow melts, the city becomes a haven for outdoor sports (climbing, climbing, kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking), and water sports with its slalom on the Durance. In 2011, it hosted the world championships in kayaking.

In addition, in the valley has L'Argentière-la-Bessée Fournel of a single (subject to Deslioures and scope of blue thistles called queens of the Alps, the largest in Europe) of high biological diversity that can be discovered through the establishment of a preservation policy (Natura 2000) and animated in collaboration with the Ecrins National Park and National Forest Office.

With a municipal cultural department and a very active network of associations, the town also offers year-round quality animations like the Book Festival and Heritage in Dauphiné early August.

Geographical information

MunicipalityL'Argentière-la-Bessée
Postcode05120
Tourism labels
Latitude44.7929240 (N 44° 47’ 35”)
Longitude6.5590930 (E 6° 33’ 33”)
AltitudeFrom 945m to 3243m
Surface area64.55 km²
Population2395 inhabitants
Density37 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (71 km, 1h07)
Insee code05006
IntercommunalityCC du Pays des Ecrins
DepartmentHautes-Alpes
RegionAlps

Nearest cities & towns

Les Vigneaux5.1 km (7 min)
La Roche-de-Rame6.2 km (7 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières7.2 km (11 min)
Puy-Saint-Vincent8.7 km (12 min)
Vallouise9.8 km (14 min)
Champcella10.1 km (15 min)
Saint-Crépin11.6 km (12 min)
Freissinières11.7 km (16 min)
Pelvoux12.6 km (17 min)
Villar-Saint-Pancrace14.3 km (17 min)
Briançon16.1 km (18 min)
Eygliers16.8 km (18 min)
Mont-Dauphin17.7 km (18 min)
Puy-Saint-André19 km (22 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Transport

Events and festivities

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Mining Museum
Mining Museum
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Visits silver mines
Visits silver mines
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Heritage Industrial tours
Heritage Industrial tours
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Château Saint Jean
Château Saint Jean
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For Deslioures end juilllet, grassland reflects the sky by the abundance of the Queens of the Alps
For Deslioures end juilllet, grassland reflects the sky by the abundance of the Queens of the Alps
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Where are we going ? The possibilities abound !
Where are we going ? The possibilities abound !
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Eglise Saint Apollinaire
Eglise Saint Apollinaire
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A zygène a queen of the Alps... an entire program !
A zygène a queen of the Alps... an entire program !
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And in the undergrowth we find something to enjoy...
And in the undergrowth we find something to enjoy...
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Torrent Fournel
Torrent Fournel
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Alpine Chalet Bois Joli
Alpine Chalet Bois Joli
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shady trail
shady trail
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montane flora: fireweed
montane flora: fireweed
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montane flora: digital
montane flora: digital
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St. Apollinaris Church
St. Apollinaris Church
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Site Deslioures, overview
Site Deslioures, overview
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Visits Agricultural Heritage
Visits Agricultural Heritage
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe-kayak on the rivers of Hautes-Alpes
Sports sensations32 € to 115 € Saint-Crépin (9.6 km)
Ski trekking in the Queyras valleys
Sports sensations65 € Arvieux (14.1 km)
Rafting - Inflatable canoe
Sports sensations36 € to 68 € Réotier (14.2 km)
Visit a sundial workshop
Arts and CraftsFreeMont-Dauphin (14.6 km)
Rafting on the River Guil or Durance
Sports sensations28 € to 45 € Guillestre (16.4 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Refuge du Promontoire
HikeAthletic5h40Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans (26 km)
Refuge Adèle Planchard
HikeAthletic6h45Villar-d'Arêne (29 km)
Hiking to the Pavé Lake
HikeAthletic4h25Villar-d'Arêne (31 km)
Via ferrata d'Arsine
HikeEasy45 minVillar-d'Arêne (31 km)
Descent from the Col du Galibier
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h10Le Monêtier-les-Bains (32 km)

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