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Val-des-Prés

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Common Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, Val-des-Prés takes place south of the Clarée Valley, just a few kilometers from Briançon or Cervières.

Relatively recent, the village was created following the French Revolution, in 1791, by the dismemberment of the commune of Montgenèvre. Close to the Franco-Italian border, he was strongly influenced by both cultures. Occupied by the Germans during the Second World War, the village of Val-des-Prés then turned to skiing and winter sports activities in the second half of the twentieth century.

Today, Val-des-Prés is as much appreciated for its architectural heritage and its natural landscapes, as for its ski resort which attracts many visitors every year.

Geographical information

MunicipalityVal-des-Prés
Postcode05100
Latitude44.9496400 (N 44° 56’ 59”)
Longitude6.6783680 (E 6° 40’ 42”)
AltitudeFrom 1338m to 2761m
Surface area44.77 km²
Population683 inhabitants
Density15 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (59 mi, 1h32)
Insee code05174
IntercommunalityCC du Briançonnais
DepartmentHautes-Alpes
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Briançon4.7 mi (12 min)
Montgenèvre6.8 mi (18 min)
Saint-Chaffrey7.1 mi (17 min)
Villar-Saint-Pancrace7.4 mi (18 min)
Névache7.7 mi (17 min)
Puy-Saint-André8.3 mi (21 min)
Puy-Saint-Pierre8.4 mi (24 min)
La Salle-les-Alpes9.6 mi (22 min)
Serre Chevalier10.3 mi (25 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières10.5 mi (24 min)
Cervières11.9 mi (28 min)
Le Monêtier-les-Bains13.5 mi (28 min)
Les Vigneaux14.2 mi (31 min)
L'Argentière-la-Bessée14.7 mi (30 min)

Things to see and do

While walking in the village, you will be able to admire the church of Saint-Claude, in Serre. Built in the 16th century, it is now classified as an historic monument. Baroque Piedmont style, it has a porch with unique architectural features in Briançonnais. The building can be visited during the summer period or upon request to the association which takes charge of its renovation.

Do not miss to admire the church of the Annunciation located in La Vachette and built in the seventeenth century.

Located between 1,380 and 1,450 meters above sea level, the ski resort Val-des-Prés - ​​Les Alberts, is open between December and March. Sunny, it offers a link with the cross-country skiing site of Nevache. The resort, very family, is ideal for the discovery of cross-country skiing, offering trails accessible to beginners and younger. Apart from skiing, it is possible to practice sledding in particular.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

The market is held every Friday morning. A Christmas market is organized in December.

Night skiing sessions are offered in February at the Val-des-Prés - ​​Les Alberts station.

The feast of St. Claude, patron of the town, is celebrated in June.

In July, place at the festival of cowhide and its various activities.

Photos

Panorama of Val-des-Prés
Panorama of Val-des-Prés
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Weather

Tuesday 18 july
Min. 10°C - Max. 22°C
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Wednesday 19 july
Min. 10°C - Max. 24°C
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Thursday 20 july
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Tandem paragliding flight over the Pays des Ecrins
Sports sensations80 € to 90 € Vallouise-Pelvoux (10.8 mi)
Canoe-kayak on the rivers of Hautes-Alpes
Sports sensations32 € to 115 € Saint-Crépin (17.2 mi)
Tandem paragliding in Maurienne
Sports sensations80 € to 90 € Valloire (19.2 mi)
Two-seat paraglider flight or course
Sports sensations88 € to 530 € Ceillac (20 mi)
Rafting or inflatable kayaking in the Hautes-Alpes
Sports sensations32 € to 38 € Saint-Clément-sur-Durance (21 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lakes and Snake Laramon
HikeIntermediate3h30Névache (6 mi)
Long and Round lakes
HikeIntermediate4h30Névache (6 mi)
Circuit of the Repose
HikeEasy3h05Villarodin-Bourget (16.5 mi)
Pilatte Glacier at the source of Vénéon
HikeAthletic7h30Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans (18.9 mi)
The Trail of the Builders
HikeEasy2h50Aussois (19.1 mi)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

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