HOLIDAY HOMES TO RENT IN BRIANCON, PROVENCE / COTE D'AZUR.
Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Briancon, France.
Reported to be the highest city in the EU, Briancon sits in the Alps at a height of over 1,300 metres. Popular as a skiing resort in the winter months, and a common start and finish point for stages of the Tour de France, outdoor enthusiasts will love the Briancon area, no matter what time of year they visit. Tourists more interested in history and architecture are well catered for too, in this medieval fortified town, while the surrounding region offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of France.
The narrow, steep streets of Briancon wind their way up to the top of the fortified parts of the town, where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the roofs below and the surrounding countryside. Designed by the architect Vauban in the 17th century, much of the original fortification is still standing today, including the Fort Janus, a further 1,200 metres above the highest point in Briancon. Most of the buildings, churches and bridges in Briancon were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the Pont d’Asfeld over the River Durance and several of the watchtowers along the city walls. Many of these structures have also been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Most people visiting the Alps and the Briancon area in particular go there to enjoy the scenery – and to have a go at some of the different sporting activities on offer. During the summer, both hiking and mountain biking are extremely popular, and there are marked trails or guided tours for beginners to follow. Those with more experience might prefer to go off the beaten track, but check in with the park office in the Parc National des Ecrins before tackling any serious climbs. Cyclists enjoy the challenge of riding the roads in this area, too, following in the footsteps of their Tour de France heroes. Briancon has been a starting town 22 times, and also a stage finish 22 times, making it one of the most visited places in the history of the Tour.
In such a mountainous region there are also several rivers which provide an alternative route for exploring the area round Briancon. Whether you choose one of the gentler streams for a slow-moving kayak ride, or a fast-flowing torrent for some adrenaline pumping white water rafting, there are options to suit everyone. Finally, if you are visiting Briancon in the winter, be prepared to see big change in the town. Its population triples during the skiing season as many people use it as a cheaper accommodation base for the nearby Serre Chevalier ski resort.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Briancon? Then below is a selection of gites in Briancon and villas in Briancon that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.