The Vercors natural park

The Vercors natural park is a real natural citadel with wild and stunning landscapes.

 

You will be amazed by its all limestone cliffs, deep gorges, chasms and caves, high plateaus, green valleys, mountain pastures and forests reflect an exceptional heritage.

Some impressive tourist routes, caved inside the rock, run through Vercors, like those of the Nan Gorges, the Ecouges canyon, the Bourne Gorges, the Combe Laval road... which offer breathtaking views !

 

The  Vercors Regional Nature Park hosts a great biodiversity, particularly rich in fauna and flora : 135 nesting bird species, 65 mammal species (chamois, mouflon, deer, boar and Alpine ibex...), 17 reptile and amphibian species, 75 orchid species.

 

The Vercors Hauts Plateaux is a truly unspoilt area since there are no roads or villages there.

 

The Vercors Regional Nature Park offers a wide range of activities. It is a paradise for hiking and biking, but also climbing, canyoning, caving or paragliding.

Skying resorts such as Villard-de-lans, Corençon-en-Vercors, Méaudre or Lans-en-Vercors welcome you for winter activities.

 

The Vercors also hosts very nice caves such as the amazing Choranche caves.

 

The Vercors has also a significant historical past: it was a bastion of the Resistance during World War 2, and was one of the most important maquis in France. A number of remembrance sites, such as the Museum of the Resistance in Vassieux-en-Vercors, La Cour des Fusillés in La-Chapelle-en-Vercors, Le Gisant in Malleval-en-Vercors... can be visited.

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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye medieval village

One of Most Beautiful Villages, Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye will amaze you with its half-timbered old houses, the medieval market hall and the abbey founded in 1297 by the Order of Saint Antoine to house the relics of St Antoine the egyptian.

 

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye gothic church is a listed Historic Monument, and possesses a magnificent carved portal. It was built from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Inside the church, you will be delighted by the frescoes, the walnut choir stalls, the Aubusson tapestries, the monumental high altar housing the reliquary of St Anthony of Egypt, the organ dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, and the the treasure (reliquaries, liturgical garments, surgical instruments and a Christ in ivory).

 

In the old noviciate, you will find the Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye Museum, showing exhibitions related to the Middle Ages, the abbey and the Order of the Antonins.

 

The Great Stables (Grandes Écuries), hosts temporary exhibitions related with Middle Ages, and a medieval garden.

 

Every summer, you can enjoy the sacred music festival in the abbey church, as well as a medieval festival in August.


Pont-en-Royans village

This village is famous for its colorful suspended houses. It also hosts beautiful medieval buildings of XVIe century.

You can walk up to see the remains of the old castle of the 13th century bridge, still visible.

The Museum of Water proposes to discover the water in all its states. At the end of the visit, a water bar allows to discover more than 900 waters from around the world. Near the village, you can visit :

- the Choranche caves (10 minutes from Pont-en-Royans), which are famous for their amazing stalactites and the amphibians, survivors of the time of the dinosaurs

- the circus of Choranche,

- the Bourne gorges.


Postman Cheval's ideal Palace

Between 1879 and 1912, a postman named Ferdinand Cheval built an incredible stone palace in his garden in Hauterives without any architectural knowledge. 

The “Ideal Palace” is now regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve architecture.

It is a “one-man work”, a dream come true with a lot of creativity.

It was inscribed in France’s Historic Monuments list in 1969 thanks to André Malraux, the country’s first secretary of Cultural Affairs.