In the days when there were no roads, Abriès was nevertheless a trading centre with nearby Italy, although the goods were carried on the backs of mules.
On feast days, people from the Queyras area brought their
livestock, cheese and wool to Abriès, while the Piedmontese brought
rice, pasta, fruit and vegetables.
Today it is a large village full of life, much-loved by mountaineers
because it is conveniently located at the foot of very high peaks such
as Bric Froid
(3302 m) and Bric Bouchet (3216 m).
Although the archway with its columns was carried away long ago by the Guil in spate in 1733, there remain two astonishing stylized stone lions, which are no doubt the work of the same artist who made the lions at Guillestre, les Orres and Saint-Véran.
The old market hall (1609)
Numerous written stones
the oldest of which dates back to 1546
(end of the reign of François I).
downhill skiing (5 ski lifts, 15 runs)
Cross-country skiing (45 km of runs). Ice rink Summer:
mountain hiking (GR 58 footpath)
Mountain-biking. Carnival (in February). Transborder moutain race
(every two years in September) Music Festival
(late July). Traditional feast days.
Accommodation and eating out :
Neighbouring villages not to be missed :
Aiguilles (5km) Château-Queyras (12km)
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