Les villages perchés des Hautes-Alpes | Camping les Hauts de Roans

The perched villages of the High Alps

The perched villages of the High Alps

From the top of the sunny mountain slopes, the perched villages stand like real fortresses. Each street corner is full of surprises: a mysterious covered passage, a shady square, a miraculously preserved old door… Walking through their peaceful narrow streets, the visitor does not suspect that these beautiful stones contain a tumultuous past.

Rosans and surroundings

The multiple invasions, the continuous struggles between Dauphiné and Provence, the religious wars, are as many reasons to establish themselves high up to anticipate attacks and dominate the enemy.

This, time seems to have stopped at Rosans, whose origin dates back at least to Gallo-Roman times. One enters through one of the doors into this medieval fortified village, gathered around a huge 13th century square tower with diamond cut stone blocks.

Saint-May, overlooking the gorges of the Eygues, really deserves a small incursion in the Drôme, neighbouring department. Through its many steps, it takes visitors back to the past: 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 High Alps, and not far from Rosans, leave the Serres road at the Saulce pass for a small bifurcation that will take you to Montmorin via the Tourettes pass. Enjoy the splendid views over the valley of the Oule and go for a stroll in the narrow alleys of this small Provençal village. You will discover its 15th century church and the ruins of the seigneurial castle. The panorama is stunning.

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

Pays de Buëch | Camping Les Hauts de Rosans

Towards Laragne and Orpierre

Saléon, near Orpierre, was a place of tile making in Roman times; it stands out as a stronghold of the powerful barons of Mévouillon, whose coat of arms can be seen on one of the residences in the village. You can admire a chapel and the ruins of a 14th century castle.

A small car ride away, the village of Lagrand appears, based on an ancient Gallic oppidum. This village of character, with its arcaded houses and windows with engraved lintels, conceals a jewel of Provençal Romanesque art: the église de la Nativité de Notre-Dame, listed Historic Monument.

Continue up to Chanousse and its church decorated with a beautiful sundial, and make the most of the viewing point on the Blaisance valley.

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

Book your holidays in the High Alpsnow and we will be happy to make you discover our beautiful valleys from the top of these villages of character while guaranteeing you a stay of quality.

Laragne | Camping Les Hauts de Rosans

 

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