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

Nicknamed the little Nice of the Alps because of its particularly mild and sunny climate, the town of Embrun, a former archdiocese and military fortified town, dominates the Durance valley from the top of a cliff.

The Provençal-looking old town boasts a wonderful heritage: a network of narrow streets lined with colourful houses, pretty squares with fountains, arched passageways and walls decorated with sundials.

The must-see Notre-Dame-du-Réal cathedral dating from the 12th and 13th centuries is one of the most important religious monuments in the French Alps. Among its features are a magnificent portal guarded by two statues of lions, a Gothic rose window, a marble high altar, a great organ and a remarkable treasure of ancient sacerdotal garments, manuscripts and pieces of silverware.

Not far from the cathedral stands Brune tower, the former keep of the archbishop's palace dating from the 12th century that now houses a space dedicated to Écrins National Park.

To enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside, visitors should head to the garden of the archbishop's palace (Archevêché) near the cathedral. From the viewpoint indicators there are stunning views over the Durance valley with the peaks of the Embrunais mountains towering above.

Two kilometres from the town centre is Embrun lake where you can enjoy a whole host of water-based activities, including swimming (supervised in July and August), kayaking, sailing and fishing.

Additional information

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).

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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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