Year round attractions

In the winter, it's a superb area for skiing. In the late spring, summer and early autumn, the valley is a perfect place for other sports like hiking, horse-riding, cycling, canoeing, fishing, tennis and much more.

The climate

Les Alberts (1400m above sea level) is a small, quiet village in the beautiful valley of Névache in the French Alps, close to the Italian border. The area gets lots of great weather, with fabulous clear air and warm sunshine (it boasts 300 days of sun a year, being surrounded by some very high peaks that help to keep low cloud out of the valley).

In winter

Throughout the ski season (December to April) the area offers a huge range of winter sports. There’s something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned experts, all in a stunning Alpine setting.

In spring, summer and early autumn

In the late spring, summer and early autumn, the valley is a perfect place for hiking, horse-riding, cycling, canoeing, fishing and tennis. Higher up, there are more challenging walks and opportunities for climbing. You can even hire donkeys or llamas to carry luggage for you on longer hikes! And the area is home to a fascinating range of flora and fauna.

Exploring

There are picturesque villages to explore in every direction, as well as the lovely town of Briançon (local tourist office) just a few minutes away. This impressive fortified town (one of the highest in Europe) is a fascinating place to explore, with its quaint old streets and Vauban ramparts.The old part of town has UNESCO World Heritage status. Both the old and the new areas offer a wide range of shops and services. The Italian border is only 15 minutes’ drive away, making it easy to sample real Italian cuisine and shopping opportunities.

Just chillin'

If you'd prefer a break from all this activity, you can simply sit out on the terrace at La Maison Clarée, soak up the sun, admire the spectacular scenery and enjoy the tranquillity of this charming corner of France.

Local food and wine

The nearest boulangerie is a few minutes’ drive from the house, opposite the Champ de Mars car park as you enter Briançon. A wine shop is just a couple of doors along. There are large supermarkets at the Grand Boucle near the centre of town and just off the Gap road at the southern end of Briançon, as well as twice-weekly markets in season.