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Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas


Population :
781 inh Elevation : 1200m
Department of Hautes Alpes


From Gap via the N85 then the D14 the D944 and the D43



In the upper Champsaur valley, in the heart of the Ecrins National Park, you'll find the municipality of Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, a group of hamlets the largest of which is called Pont-du-Fossé.

Overlooking the superb broad valley of Drac Noir are a few perched houses, built from massive blocks of grey stone, with lauze roofs, set against a backdrop of vertical rock cliffs, around a picturesque belltower.

In such a tranquil spot, without a care in the world you'll be able to admire the round tower with its pointed roof, standing nobly in a verdant meadow. This fine structure is all that remains of a medieval castle where according to historians "five families lived in succession from 1274 to the Revolution in 1789".



Worth visiting :

Saint Jean Château
(near the parish church by the crossroads
on the road to Chabottonnes)
Ecrins National Park

Leisure activities :

Hiking
Skiing at St Léger les Mélèzes
Kayak on the Drac river.

Accommodation and eating out :

Gîtes. Bed & breakfast. 1 campsite.


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Neighbouring villages not to be missed :

Orcières (à 10km). St Bonnet en Champsaur (17km). Gap (24km).

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