The Briancon region of France is found among the Alpine peaks of the Hautes-Alpes department in Provence. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and with the world renowned beaches of the Cote d’Azur within easy reach, holidays and weekend breaks in Briancon are an absolute delight, whether you are going for a peaceful escape, a cultural break or a world class outdoor adventure holiday.
The Briancon area is steeped in history. The town of Briancon is so filled with sites of historical interest that it has managed to gain a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The fortress that stands above the town is a wonderful place to explore, and the forts of Durance, Guisane, Claree and Cerveyrette are absolutely stunning.
The area is one where mountain bikers, hikers and those looking for the perfect horse riding holiday can find almost endless trails and paths of the highest quality. The Tour de France is a regular visitor to the Briancon area, and cyclist flock from around the world to test their resolve on some of the most demanding mountain stages each year.
The Parc National des Ecrins is a beautiful part of the world. The glacier fields, valleys, alpine pastures and soaring peaks are awash with the colour of flowering plants during the spring and summer, and there are a great number of sensational trails to take through the park. During the summer months, you will have to share the park with a great number of other visitors, but during the spring and autumn, peace is easily come by. Briancon kayaking holidays are also extremely popular, with some beautiful routes to conquer. Details on Briancon kayaking holidays are readily available from the Briancon tourist office.
Despite Briancon’s southerly location, skiers flock to self catering Briancon accommodation during the winter months. The huge Serre Chevalier ski resort is hugely popular during the winter months, offering over 250km of downhill pistes, bathed in an astonishing 300 days of sunshine each year. Those who enjoy skiing in their shirt sleeves will be thrilled by the prospect of taking a rental chalet in Serre-Chevalier, as will those who enjoy skiing through thick woodland.
The town of Briancon itself is the highest fortress town in Europe, most famous for the imposing citadel that dominates the skyline. The Roman, Moorish and Italian (Briancon is just 10km from the Italian border) influences mix sublimely, gaining to town a coveted spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its proximity to the Col de Montgenevre, an ancient mountain pass into Italy, makes it a haven for walkers.
Montgenevre is an excellent skiing resort, particularly suited to new and intermediate skiers. There are more than 400km of pistes to try, and there is even a large ski park for snowboarders.
There is an incredible amount of sunshine in the Briancon area. Throughout the year the sun shines, and even in winter conditions remain mild. Summer conditions are magnificent, with daily peak temperatures in July and August reaching into the mid 30’s (˚C) on an almost daily basis. Mountain breezes keep the air fresh, and walking, riding and climbing holidays thrive from early spring right through until late autumn. Winters can be cold, with the ski resorts of the southern French Alps within extremely close range.
Nice (NCE), Toulon (TLN) and Marseille (MRS) airports are all within close proximity to a holiday rental property in Briancon, all of which receive direct flights from airports across the UK on a range of airlines. When staying in Briancon, a hire car is an excellent option, allowing you to explore the whole region with ease. Briancon hire cars can be taken from any of the airports in the area.