The long winters enabled the alpine inhabitants to perfect traditional crafts, handed down through generations like making furniture decorated with carved rosettes for men and lace-making for women. Tickle your tastebuds with local alpine cheeses, honey, sweets and famous Croquettes du Queyras biscuits. These crafts and foods along with many others can be seen, sampled and bought at the local Maison de l’Artisanat.
Each valley in the Queyras region has its own particular architectural style: houses with Italian-style arcades in Arvieux, chalets ‘en fuste’ built of round logs in Moline-St Véran and bourgeois town houses in Aiguilles en Queyras. When exploring these villages look out for the splendid sundials carved or painted on chapel pediments and house fronts with wonderful mottos recalling the passing of time. It is impossible to talk about heritage buildings without mentioning Fort Queyras, the work of Lesdiguières and Vauban, which dominates Château-Ville-Vieille from its rocky peak.
A regular customer, who returns to Queyras every year, lets us in on one of her many secret corners of paradise « Lac de Roue is an absolute gem in a timeless setting. Walk around the lake which is surrounded by larches and observe how the sunshine reflects on the countryside. The sunsets here are superb ! I recommend walking through the woods for a few minutes to the two spectacular viewing points (Belvédères du Lac de Roue) one has a view of Fort-Queyras, the other Villargaudin. Absolute magic ! »
How to get to Queyras :
By air : to Turin (Italy) 153km, Lyon 261km, Marseille 258km
By road : RN85, RN75, RN94 and autoroute A51
By rail : to Montdauphin/Guillestre, TGV to Grenoble, Valence, Aix en Provence"