Stay 35 : Authentic rural route for the mountain villages

Stay 35 : Authentic rural route for the mountain villages.

Occidental Route

Stage 35/35 - 238 kms

0 km St Michel de Maurienne

36 kms Col du Galibier

19 kms La Grave

29 kms Bourg-d'Oisans

34 kms Vizille

46 kms Corps

27 Kms La Chapelle en Valgaudémar

47 kms Gap

carte St Michel de Maurienne a Gap

St Michel de Maurienne : one of must-discover mountain villages

Saint-Michel-de Maurienne - France

Saint-Michel-de Maurienne - France - © marytog -

Chief town of the district, 711 meters above sea level, it has for a long time been an important traffic hub at the intersection of roads leading to Italy. Many activities are available such as tennis, cinema, library, fishing in the lakes and rivers, via ferrata climbing, family outings to explore the mountain villages, the flora and fauna.

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier - France

Col du Galibier - France - © annehamann -

The Col du Galibier is a mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps, near Grenoble. It is the sixth highest mountain pass. It connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the Col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The pass is closed during winter. It is located between the Massif d’Arvan-Villards  and the massif des Cerces, deriving its name from the secondary chain of mountains known as the Galibier.

La Grave : a small mountain village very popular for skiers

Village de la Grave - France

Village de la Grave - France - © lamax -

La Grave is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department, in southern France. It is a small ski resort in the French Alpes, dominated by La Meije with 3982 meters of altitude. It was the birthplace of Nicolas de Nicolay, adventurer and geographer ordinary to Henry II of France. La Grave is an authentic traditional alpine village dating from the 12th century with a long reputation and respected as a centre for mountaineering. It is here in the second half of the 19th century that the pioneers of mountaineering got their start, accompanied by two natives and guides of Chamonix, who came to conquer the summits and take up new challenges.

Bourg-d’Oisans : Place to go for cyclists and to tourists

Le Bourg D'Oisans - France

Le Bourg D'Oisans - France - © Richard Villalon -

Le Bourg-d'Oisans is a commune in the Isère department, in south-eastern France. The town is located in the Oisans region of the French Alpes. Le Bourg-d'Oisans lies in the valley of the Romanche, on the road from Grenoble to Briançon, and on the south side of the Col de la Croix de Fer. It is often on the route of the Tour de France, the town lies at the base of the road to Alpe d’Huez and the legendary bends to the top of the mountain. Those wanting to test their skills against the professional cyclists can rent bicycles in Bourg d'Oisans and ride to the top where the Tourism Office offers a certificate of official completion that costs one Euro. It is surrounded by several well-known mountain resorts, including Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes. The Écrins National Park lies to the south-east of Le Bourg-d'Oisans.

Écrins National Park

Ecrins National Park - France

Ecrins National Park - France - © 357680 ANDRE CUZEL -

The Écrins National Park is one of the ten French national parks. It is located in the south-eastern part of France and consists of a mountainous region of the Dauphiné Alps, south of Grenoble and north of Gap, shared between the departments of Isère and Hautes-Alpes. It rises to 4102 meters and covers 918 km2 of high mountain areas, with high peaks, glacial valleys, alpine pastures, forests and lakes.

Vizille : An historical and revolutionary castle

Vizille Castle - France

Vizille Castle - France - © Mihai-Bogdan Lazar -

Vizille is a commune in the Isère department in south-eastern France. It houses the Musée de la Révolution Française de Vizille, a rich heritage of rare archival documents dedicated to the French Revolution, set up since 1984 in the "Château de Vizille", a historical monument. One of the most prestigious and most important castles of the Dauphiné region. The Dauphiné was traditionally the homeland of the heir to the French throne since the 14th century. The library’s shelves accessible to researchers, on appointment. The Museum grounds feature a wide landscaping and gardens.

Lake Luitel Nature Reserve

Luitel lake - France

Luitel lake - France - © Jorgun -

The nature reserve of Lake Luitel, at an altitude of 1250 m, lies in the Forest of Séchilienne in south-eastern France. The reserve is made up of two bog systems – Lake Luitel, which is a lake bog with floating mats of moss, and the “Col” bog, which is partially wooded. From the waters of Lake Luitel to the pine forest of the Col, all the stages of the ecological evolution can be seen in the reserve.

Great Laffrey Lake

Laffrey lake - France

Laffrey lake - France - © gillou7 -

The Great Laffrey Lake is one of the Laffrey lakes, located in Matheysine 23 km south of Grenoble, in the Isère department. The estimated ground elevation is 910 meters above sea level.

Corps : A small surprising and touristic village 

Corps is a small touristic village, located in the Isère department, in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, 42 km from Grenoble. On your route to the very known « route Napoleon » you can make a stay to discover the gastronomy and the places of interest. Not far you will be fascinated by the « Sautet lake » with its blue water, maybe an opportunity for a quiet moment ?

Our Lady of La Salette, a highly frequented pilgrimage site

La Salette - France

La Salette - France - © choucashoot -

Our Lady of La Salette is a Marian apparition which occurred at La Salette. It was reported by two children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat. The two privileged children, Mélanie and Maximin, saw Mary in 1846. Coming from a poor neighbourhood in the town of Corps, near Grenoble, Maximin Giraud was eleven years old at that time and Mélanie Calvat fourteen. On Saturday 19 September, they were tending to their employer’s livestock, up on the mountain pasture above La Salette, when they saw a wonderful apparition of Mary.

La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar : a small authentic town

La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar - France

La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar - France - © Alexis BORG -

La "Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar" is a town located in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. At the 1999 census, the number of inhabitants of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar was 129. The town’s area is 127,5 Km2. It is located about 1100 meters above sea level.

Gap : A small and dynamic city

Gap City - France

Gap City - France - © lamax -

Gap is a commune in south-eastern France, located at 750 metres above sea level, it is France’s highest prefecture. Gap a dynamic city which submitted its candidature file to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, but lost to Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Our Lady of Laus, popular pilgrimage site

Our Lady of Laus or  Refuge of Sinners denotes Marian apparitions that occurred between 1664 and 1718 in  Saint-Étienne-le-Laus, France, to Benoite Rencurel, a young shepherdess. They were approved by the Holy See on 5 May, 2008. Our Lady of Laus asked for sinners to do penance. A chapel of Eucharistic adoration was built so that Jesus could convert sinners, and a house for priests was built so the priests could administer the sacraments to sinners. At the heart of the message delivered to Benoite is a conversion of souls which aims to bring complete reconciliation with oneself, with others, and with God.

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