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Saint Bonnet en Champsaur

17km North of Gap via the N85 road (Route Napoléon).

Discover the gorgeous village of Saint Bonnet en Champsaur

Population : 1,466 inh. - Altitude : 1,028 m.

Saint Bonnet en Champseur

Historically, St Bonnet en Champsaur is the capital of the Champsaur valley.
With its 60 shops and artisans, it is a large village lying on a superb high altitude plain, where corn, fir trees and poplars grow.

St Bonnet en Champsaur Hautes Alpes

It is a stopover on the Napoleon Road, between Dauphiné and Provence, at the borders of the Ecrins National Park, and is one of the few medieval villages in the French Alps.
It could easily be counted as one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps, or even in France.

If you like architectural heritage you'll doubtless spend several hours visiting its 16th century district: Place aux Herbes and Place de la Tour with its great hall, covered passageways and fountains, labyrinthine shady alleyways, flat tile roofs that are beautiful to look at, ancient solid walnut doors, old wrought iron signs, etc...
In a typical house in St Bonnet en Champsaur, the ground floor is given over to a shop or stables, the first floor is the dwelling area, and the top floor is used as a barn.
You'll notice the stones placed along the frontages, called "buttarodes" which used to prevent the wheels of carts from damaging the buildings. Similarly, "annelles" are rings that were once used to tether horses.

As you admire the superb Place aux Herbes square with its arcades (known as "tounes"), giving off a bewitching atmosphere, you should know that these arcades were once used to groom horses during rainy weather, as shown by the metal rings set into the walls.
As for Place Grenette, it was used for the grain market. The hall dates from 1843, and housed the market and the hay carts.

The old tower dates back to the 16th century, as does the imposing well, which for a long time was the village's only source of drinking water. Water was drawn up using a rope until the late 19th century !

What to see

Pétètes chapel (by appointment).
The old quarter.
Rural Museum of Pisançon.
Lesdiguières Château.
Abandoned villages in the Molines valley.

Leisure activities

Hiking. Mountain biking.


Located in the heart of Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, at the foot of the Écrins National Park, Hotel Le Connetable features a terrace with panoramic views. It features a lounge area with library. The modern rooms are decorated in bright tones. All overlook the courtyard and feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Bed and breakfast

Offering garden and mountain views, B&B MaisonNel is located in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, 14 km from Ancelle and 27 km from Dévoluy. Free private parking and Wi-Fi access are provided. The property is 12 km from the Gap-Bayard golf course. For added privacy, the soundproofed accommodation has its own private entrance. Skiing and cycling are available in the surrounding area. The bed & breakfast has ski storage.

95€ - 110€


Holiday Rentals.


Saint Bonnet en Champsaur dans les Hautes Alpes.
Saint Bonnet en Champsaur.
Mairie Saint Bonnet.


Saint Léger les Mélèzes (13km) and Gap (17km).

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