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Hautes Alpes

Natural Wonders and Biodiversity

Discover the rich biodiversity of the Parc National des Ecrins, home to rare wildlife such as eagles and chamois. With over 1,800 varieties of French flora, this park is a botanist's dream. The Parc Regional du Queras, established in 1977, features idyllic villages like St Vern, adorned with traditional chalets and sundials. At the end of the Drac Valley, you'll find the breathtaking Saut de Laire waterfall, and at Le Gioberney, the 'Cascade du Voile de la Mariee' or Bride's veil waterfall awaits.

Architectural and Historical Highlights

Briançon, Europe's highest town, showcases Vauban's military genius through its fortified structures. Embrun's 12th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame-du-Real houses a collection of religious artefacts considered the fourth most important in France. The dominant architectural style here is Romanesque, evident in the region's historical buildings.

Outdoor Activities and Leisure

From the man-made marvel of Serre-Ponçon Lake to the natural gorges in the Buëch, Hautes Alpes offers a plethora of outdoor activities. The department is a popular haunt for fishermen with 75 lakes, rivers, and streams stocked with numerous species of fish. With a total of 2,000 km of rivers, a fishing permit is compulsory but valid throughout the department. Other activities include hiking, biking, climbing, potholing, horse riding, and golf, as well as paragliding, microlighting, and skiing.


The department is easily accessible by road and offers various public transport options for convenient travel.

If you're interested in purchasing a property in the scenic Hautes Alpes, please get in touch with us.

Regional Information

France is a large and varied country with each region and indeed each department unique from its neighbours. Our guide to each department can help you to understand more about the nuances of each area.

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