The other side of Vercors
Starting from Pont-en-Royans, a picturesque village with overhanging houses, this trail firstly criss-crosses the Isère Valley through the tobacco fields and walnut plantations, then twists and turns sharply up the slopes of Vercors to the hamlet of Faz. Next comes the downhill part towards Choranche and the Bourne Gorges on the spectacular Route de Presles cut into the limestone cliffs.
Stop off at the Water Museum in Pont-en-Royans and find out about the waters of the world and from the Vercors mountain range in two interactive exhibition halls, with weather quizzes, a climatic tunnel and a fun activity area.
Its water bar has some of the rarest and best water in the world with a collection of over 1,700 bottles from all over the world.
Tel.:+33(0)4 76 36 15 53 - www.musee-eau.com
At the mouth of the Bourne Gorges, Pont-en-Royans is recognized as one of the most curious villages in Dauphiné thanks to its colourful overhanging houses which overlook the river. This medieval town owes its charm to the ingenuity of the men who in the 16th century built this hilltop village to promote the wood trade..
Tél.:+33(0)4 76 36 09 10 - www.vercors-pontenroyans.com
A superb building dating from the 14th century, the Couvent des Carmes stands inside the old walls of the Château des Dauphins. It is home to a medieval garden, a historic orchard, the Musée des Dauphins and the Museum of Flora of Vercors.
Tél.:+33(0)4 76 38 01 01 - www.couventdescarmes.com
Hidden away at the foot of the towering cliffs of Presles, Choranche cave has an astonishing array of thousands of fistulous stalactites, very fine calcite crystal from 1 to 3 m in length and just a few millimetres in diameter, which are reflected in the water of the underground lakes and rivers. The tour also includes a sound and light show in the Cathedral hall.
Tel.:+33(0)4 76 36 09 88 - www.choranche.com