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La Grave

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

La Grave - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes
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Nestling in a very special natural setting at the foot of the Meije massif, the pretty mountain village of La Grave has preserved all its character: steep, narrow streets, stone houses and, at the top of the village, two religious buildings, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption church and Pénitents Blancs chapel. Walking around this unspoiled village is a real pleasure.

The Glaciers de la Meije cable car departing from La Grave takes visitors up to the Girose glacier at an altitude of 3,200 metres. From the top there is a fantastic panoramic view over the surrounding mountains, plus the possibility of visiting an ice cave in the summer period.

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La Grave

Located at 1500 m altitude on a rocky promontory overlooking the valley and ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, the village of La Grave was surrounded by a fortified wall that has now completely disappeared. The village has kept a tight urban fabric as evidenced by the many alleys called "trabuc" connecting the houses between them. The church, listed as a Historic Monument, was built from the eleventh century, and is related to Romanesque art called "Lombard". It forms with the chapel Penitents, the cure and the cemetery a beautiful set against the backdrop of the Glaciers de la Meije.

La Grave is located below small hamlets: Terraces, Chazelet, Ventelon and Hières. From there, various beautiful hikes are available from June. A flora of altitude, cows reveling in a new grass, and herds of hundreds of sheep are waiting for you on the trail.

The Pays de la Meije also offers you to relive its history through its traditional bread festivals. You can participate in the production of "boiled bread" in Villar-d'Arène in autumn or "black bread" in Chazelet in August.

In the village, do not miss the cheeses and cured meats: a marvel for your taste buds. You will find other local products as well as handicrafts following the route of the "Route of Know-How", for more info do not hesitate to go to the Tourist Office of Meije!

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Messiaen Festival in Pays de la Meije
A contemporary music festival in Hautes-AlpesJuly 2019

Photos

Our Lady of the Assumption, Chapel of the White Penitents
Our Lady of the Assumption, Chapel of the White Penitents
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Cableways of the Meije Glaciers (© David Leguen)
Cableways of the Meije Glaciers (© David Leguen)
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Lac Lérié - Plateau of Emparis
Lac Lérié - Plateau of Emparis
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La Grave at the foot of the Meije
La Grave at the foot of the Meije
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Ventelon Fountain
Ventelon Fountain
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Make the mountain
Make the mountain
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The chapel of Rivets
The chapel of Rivets
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Alpages covered with narcissus in the spring
Alpages covered with narcissus in the spring
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Lake Goléon
Lake Goléon
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Maisonette with painted shutters
Maisonette with painted shutters
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The church in winter
The church in winter
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Deserted Casse
Deserted Casse
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Camping
Camping
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La Meije
La Meije
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View of Signal de la Grave
View of Signal de la Grave
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Chazelet - Plateau of Emparis
Chazelet - Plateau of Emparis
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La Grave view of the hamlet of Terrasses
La Grave view of the hamlet of Terrasses
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The central road of the village
The central road of the village
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Pretty authentic house
Pretty authentic house
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View of the Grave (below), the terraces (on the top) of the road towards Villar-d'Arêne
View of the Grave (below), the terraces (on the top) of the road towards Villar-d'Arêne
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The hamlets of La Grave
The hamlets of La Grave
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A very old hamlet very nicely renovated
A very old hamlet very nicely renovated
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Very old hamlet...
Very old hamlet...
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Ascent to Lac de Goléon
Ascent to Lac de Goléon
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A renovation in the rules of art
A renovation in the rules of art
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Well signposted
Well signposted
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Climb along the creek to the lake
Climb along the creek to the lake
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June and its flowers
June and its flowers
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Arrival at Lac de Goléon
Arrival at Lac de Goléon
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At the entrance, the refuge very nice
At the entrance, the refuge very nice
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Basically, the Meije
Basically, the Meije
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The road traveled
The road traveled
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Sheep breaking
Sheep breaking
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Altitude flora
Altitude flora
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The altitude cows
The altitude cows
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The wonder of the Emparis plateau
The wonder of the Emparis plateau
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Make the turn for the reflections
Make the turn for the reflections
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Zoom on the Meije glacier
Zoom on the Meije glacier
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Magnificent !
Magnificent !
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Little black lake
Little black lake
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So many nice things...
So many nice things...
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