At the base of the Lautaret pass at 2058 meters, lies one of the most rich and beautiful gardens in Europe. The garden displays more than 2000 mountain species from around the world.
Created in the early 1970s, Ecrins is one of the nine French national parks. It consists of a 900km² mountainous region stretching between Grenoble, Gap and Briançon. Serre Chevalier borders the park and offers views of the Barre des Ecrins at 4102 m. Discover this wonder of nature with its high peaks, glacier fields, glacier valleys, alpine pastures, subalpine woodlands and lakes.
Monêtier-les-Bains was an important stopping point along the Roman road stretching between Briançon and Grenoble. The Romans sought treatments from the hot thermal waters. Today the spa is called the "Grand Bains", encompassing 4 500 m², it is fed by naturally heated hot water and offers a wide variety of water features and effects.
The town lies where five valleys meet and provide easy access to Provence, Queyras, Isère and Italy. This important network of communication routes made Briançon a place for travellers, one of the main crossroads in the centre of the Alpes, offering the best conditions to circulate, trade and exchange cultures. When Vauban arrived in 1692 he realised the place would be difficult to defend as it was totally surrounded by mountains. The building of a strong fortified barrier started in 1721, to be continued for thirteen summers under the Regency, then under King Louis the XV. Vauban