Departement of the Hautes Alpes - Population : 335 inh. - Altitude : 698 m.

puce 30 km au North-West of Sisteron, via the D4075 and the D30.
Orpierre, the village

Nestling at the foot of rocky crags, impressive vertical cliffs and located on the "Road of the Princes of Orange", Orpierre is a real village of the South, with its little square shaded by plane trees and limetrees, occupied by nonchalant boule players, and its pretty church with its round apse.

Orpierre, rock

Historically, Orpierre was successively a stronghold for the Dauphinois, Burgundy, Germans and French (in 1713).

It is very pleasant to stroll along its cool narrow cobbled streets (high heels to be avoided!), admiring the remains of a very fine architectural heritage dating back to the 16th century...

Orpierre, stone house with tower

However sometimes all that's left is a Renaissance façade with nothing behind it: an imposing fountain, a seigneurial prison, a "barral" oven which everyone could use to bake their bread, provided they paid the oven taxes, old beautifully proportioned doors (17th century), numerous vaulted archways and covered passageways.

Don't forget to take a look at the Chalon-Arlay house (1334-1530).

Orpierre, bell tower

If you simply walk along La Grand Rue, and then through the "quartier des Manants" (peasants' quarter) you'll take an unforgettable journey through time.

Even from above, Orpierre is a delight to the eye, with its Roman tile roofs, with vertiginous rocky crags in the background. Orpierre is not to be missed if you like old buildings !


puce What to see:

The Chalon-Arlay house (1334-1530).


puce Leisure activities:

Climbing (Via Ferrata). Canyoning.
Hang-gliding. Paragliding.
Hiking (470 km of waymarked footpaths in the Buëch area). Mountain-biking.


puce Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.
Holiday centre.
Gites, hiking gites, farm gites.


puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Lagrand (7km) and Laragne-Montéglin (13km).