Châteauroux les Alpes
Departement of the Hautes Alpes - Population : 942 h. - Altitude : 983 m.
7 km from Embrun via the RN94.
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.
What to see:
The Cascade de la Pisse waterfall in Rabioux valley (1,450 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" du Lac (à Rousset)
Hiking: lhe Roc Blanc (2897 m) and Montagne de la Dent, in the Ecrins National Park.
Mountain-biking (Saint-Alban loop).
White water sports (Rafting etc)..
Skiing (resorts at Vars and Risoul).
Bed and breakfast.
Holiday rentals. Gites.