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The perched villages of the Hautes-Alpes

From the top of the sunny mountain slopes, the perched villages are real fortification borders. At each street corner, its surprise: a mysterious covered passage, a shady square, an ancient door miraculously preserved… Walking through their peaceful narrow streets, the walker does not suspect that these beautiful stones contain a tumultuous past tumultuous.

Rosans and its surroundings

The multiple invasions, the incessant struggles between Dauphiné and Provence, the wars of religion, are all reasons to establish oneself in height to anticipate attacks and dominate the enemy.

Thus time seems to have stopped at Rosans, whose origin goes back at least to the Gallo-Roman period. One enters through several gates into this fortified medieval district, gathered around a 13th century immense square tower with diamond-cut stone blocks.

Saint-May this tower, overhanging the Gorges de l’Eygues, really deserves a small incursion into the neighbouring department of Drôme. All in stairs, it breathes another time: a small church with a round apse, the remains of ramparts, the fountain, the sundials, the ruins of the abbey of Bodon.

Back in the Hautes-Alpes and not far from Rosans, leave the road from Serres to the Col de la Saulce for a small fork in the road which will lead you to Montmorin via the Col des Tourettes. After enjoying the splendid views over the Oule valley, it will be good to stroll through the narrow ridges of this small Provencal-style village. You will discover its 15th century church and the ruins of the seigneurial castle. Once again, you will be offered a magnificent panorama.

Ten minutes north of Serres, the Bâtie-Montsaléon, an ancient Gallo-Roman city, welcomes you with its residences scattered on a hill with regular outlines. Don’t miss its church with arcaded bell tower and the rests of its castle.

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church montmorin
saleon village
upaix village

On the side of Laragne and Orpierre

Saléon, near Orpierre, was a place of tile manufacture in Roman times; it is distinguished as a fief of the powerful barons of Mévouillon, whose coat of arms can be seen decorating a house in the village. A chapel and the ruins of a 14th century castle can be admired.

A small “jump” by car and it is Lagrand who appears, based on an ancient Gallic oppidum. This village of character, with its houses with arcades and windows with engraved lintels, conceals a jewel of Provençal Romanesque art : the church of the Nativity of Notre-Dame, classified Historical Monument.

Continue to Chanousse and its church decorated with a beautiful sundial, you will enjoy the view on the Blaisance valley.

East of Laragne-Montéglin, Upaix dominates the Durance and Buëch valleys. Its listed 14th century church, its chapel and its beautiful Renaissance buildings are among the many remains of its rich past. Finally, from the ruins of a tower situated at the top of the hill, an orientation table gives you an exceptional 360° panorama.

Organize your holidays now, we will be happy to make you discover our beautiful valleys from the top of these villages of character while guaranteeing you a quality stay at the campsite Hauts de Rosans.

Visit the hilltop villages and their surroundings