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Abriès

• Hautes-Alpes (05460)   • Population: 333  • Altitude: 1547 m


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Abriès is a small but dynamic village in the beautiful Haut-Guil valley part of the Queyras, near the Italian Alpes. The village is popular in the summer for hiking and mountain climbing, and in the winter for skiing. Sitting astride a mountain stream, Abriès has cafés, restaurants, lodging and shops, including sports outfitters -- and some great sundials.

Guil Valley Map Location. From Château Queyras village, the road goes northeast up the Guil valley past Chateau-Ville-Vieille (3 km), Aiguilles (7 km), Abriès (12 km), Ristolas (15 km) and Ristolas-L'Echalp (19 km).

Entering Abriès village from the west The Guil valley is fairly wide here, where the Torrent de Bouchet joins it from the north. The village squares are also wide, and the village has a more open feel than some of the other tightly-packed mountain villages.

We were in the village on a Wednesday, market day. It's an active market, full of fresh, regional and local products.

The commune of Abriès includes several hamlets. The two inhabited parts are the village of Abriès, at the confluent of the Torrent de Bouchet and the Guil, with about 300 permanent residents, and the hamlet of Le Roux, about 4 km north, with about 50 inhabitants.

A sports-clothing shop in Abriès Among the shops in Abriès are a few with clothing and especially sports clothes. We visited Abriès in September, and one of the village sports-clothing shops was having a 50-percent-off end-of-season sale. Since it's extremely difficult to find good size-13 hiking boots anywhere, we jokingly asked what this wee mountain shop had available. Surprise, they had our size in high-quality Asolo hiking boots.

Rooftops of Abriès and the mountainside A pretty little chapel with a tall steeple sits on the mountainside above the village, posing very picturesquely, with a row of white cross-stations in a line leading the way up to it.

Sundials

This 19th-century sundial on the There are a number of very nice sundials in the village, including this 19th-century sundial on the Abriès village church, and some other very colorful and newer ones.

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