Guillestre is a small town situated within the Queyras valley, in the Hautes-Alpes department of Provence, in southern France. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Guillestre will find there is a great range of self catering accommodation available here, to include villas, apartments and wooden alpine style chalets. Much of the accommodation available here enjoys fantastic views of the valley and the Guil river, from where the town gets its name, as well as the mountains beyond.
Most visitors looking to spend their holidays in Guillestre are drawn by the town’s stunning location. Situated within the Queyras valley, which has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the town is surrounded by snow capped mountains, overlooking deep valleys dotted with pretty villages and towns. The more energetic tourists spending their holidays in Guillestre will enjoy hiking and mountain climbing, or kayaking and watersports in the Guil and Durance rivers and the Lac de Serre-Poncon. Of course winter sports activities such as skiing are popular in the surrounding mountains, with slopes suitable for all abilities.
Guillestre is well placed within the Hautes-Alpes for exploring the surrounding mountainside towns and villages. There are a number of interesting historic landmarks and buildings to be found in the nearby town of Embrun, including the cathedral, which was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple. The Roman remains in Chorges are another popular draw.
The Ecrins National Park is a major attraction for visitors to the region who enjoy nature and seeing indigenous fauna and flora within its natural habitat. The park covers an area of over 345 square miles of mountainous terrain, much of which consists of glacial valleys and fields with sub alpine woodlands and lakes.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Guillestre will discover that the Hautes-Alpes region has an Alpine climate. Temperatures and conditions are governed by the town’s elevation and altitude. Summers can be warm, with temperatures often reaching the early 20s degrees. Winters are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. Much of the region’s average annual precipitation of 25 inches will fall as snow, especially in the winter months.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Guillestre will first fly to Grenoble-Isere Airport (GNB), approximately an hour’s drive away. easyJet and Ryanair are amongst the airlines operating regular and affordable flights to Grenoble -Isere Airport. These flights depart from several UK regional airports, including London Gatwick (LGW), London Luton (LTN), Birmingham (BHX) and Bristol (BRS).