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Châteauroux les Alpes

Population : 942h Elevation : 928m

Department of Hautes Alpes

From Embrun via the RN94 then the RN 2094

Although the hamlet of Saint Marcellin, where the village was originally located, still has a square tower castle which may have been the archbishop's residence, Châteauroux les Alpes, which was once the largest rural property belonging to the Embrun family is today no more than a large village whose grey rather austere houses stand on a slope overlooking the Durance.

Châteauroux les Alpes benefits from being one of the points of entry to the Ecrins National Park, and also offers a great site for white water sports with the famous Rabioux wave, formed where the torrent meets the Durance.

Moreover, the Rabioux valley is a site not to be missed, for its Cascade de la Pisse waterfall, bringing a touch of coolness in an impressive, rather oppressive landscape dominated by the cliffs of La Gueste.

Also worth a mention are the Demoiselles Coiffées, a series of rock formations ressembling fairy chimney stacks, several thousand years old, formed by the erosive action of rainwater on sloping argilaceous terrain.

Worth visiting :

The Cascade de la Pisse waterfall in Rabioux valley (1450 m)
The Demoiselles Coiffées rock formations
Saint-Marcellin church (in the hamlet of Saint-Marcellin,
for its Romanesque-Lombard belltower)
Ruins of Sainte-Croix Abbey
(on the banks of the Bramafan)
"Muséoscope" of Sainte-Croix lake (at Rousset)

Leisure activities :

Hiking :
the Roc Blanc (2897 m) and Montagne de la Dent,
in the Ecrins National Park.
Mountain-biking (Saint-Alban loop).
White water sports (Rafting etc).
Via Ferrata.
Skiing (resorts at Vars and Risoul).

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Accommodation :

Hotel-Restaurant. Bed & breakfast.
Gîtes. Farmhouse campsite.

Neighbouring villages not to be missed :

Embrun (7km) Mont Dauphin (11km) Guillestre (15km)

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