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Discover Briançon and the mythical passes of the Alps

Fortified by Vauban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and culminating at more than 1300 meters above sea level, Briançon is considered the highest city in Europe. The city has an exceptional heritage and an exceptional location that you will not fail to discover during your stay in the Hautes-Alpes. Take even more height by going on the winding roads of some of the most beautiful road passes in Europe, the Galibier and Lautaret, and, closer, the passes of Izoard and Granon. These exceptional places offer you panoramas that are just as much.

Visit Briançon and its old town

Nestled at more than 1300 meters above sea level, the municipality of Briançon is considered the highest city in Europe. Stronghold of the Hautes-Alpes, this city fortified by Vauban is inscribed on the list of world heritage of Unesco. Its forts, the famous bridge of Asfeld, the former collegiate church Notre-Dame, the bell tower of the old chapel of the Penitents-Noirs are inevitable of a tourist visit of Briançon. The city enjoys a geographical location of choice, in the heart of the massif of Ecrins and only 15 km from the Italian border.

The Izoard pass

It is one of the most beautiful road passes of the Hexagon. One of the most difficult to climb too. Mythical passage of the Tour de France cyclist, the Izoard pass takes you to more than 2300 meters of altitude, with a passage in an absolutely lunar scenery. The summit is less than 20 km from your charming hotel in Briançon.

The challenge of Granon

Less famous than its neighbors the Galibier passes and the Izoard pass, the Granon pass is well known to sportsmen. Culminating at 2400 meters of altitude, it is the theater, every year of the Défi du Granon. Every year, on August 15, for more than 40 years, hundreds have been trying to reach the summit on foot or by bike.