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The legendary Alpe d'Huez
A landmark of the Tour de France, the famous Alpe d’Huez climb is also the opportunity to explore a remarkable archaeological site, take in spectacular panoramic views from a 3,300 metre summit, visit picturesque Oisans villages, and cycle a high mountain road.
Huez, the oldest village in the community, features steep, flower-lined lanes that give it special charm. In the same area, the unique Brandes archaeological site is home to ongoing excavations and a medieval silver mine. From the Col de Sarenne (1,999 m), you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Oisans and the glaciers of La Meije, as well as four alpine lakes (Lac Besson, Lac Noir, Lac Faucille and Carrelet), which mirror the surrounding summits.
Ride the Alpe d’Huez cable car up to the summit of Pic Blanc, at an altitude of 3,330 metres, and you’ll be treated to exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding area. To visit the Cascade de Pont Ferrand, take a right onto the unpaved road halfway between the col and Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans.
Besse en Oisans
Besse-en-Oisans is a classic Oisans village. Its traditional stone and wood architecture has earned it a spot on France’s register of historic buildings. Make sure to visit the Maison des Alpages and the artisanal bakery (4 km from the route). Both are members of the Oisans Route des Savoir-Faire, an association dedicated to promoting local heritage.
You can also visit Mizoën, a perched village overlooking the Chambon dam, which is also on the route. “Route de la Roche,” the mountain road between La Balme d’Auris and La Garde-en-Oisans, is one of the most spectacular roads in Oisans. It offers superb panoramic views of the Bourg-d’Oisans plain.
Panoramic views not to miss
- View from switchback 7, Saint-Ferréol.
- Col de Sarenne (view of the glaciers of La Meije).
- “Route de la Roche,” between Auris-en-Oisans and La Garde-en-Oisans (panoramic view of the Bourg-d’Oisans plain).
Crozets de l'Oisans