On your doorstep
Venosc is one of the most beautiful villages in the area, with its cobbled streets and quaint shops selling anything from local goods such as saucisson, honey and genepi, to leather and wooden bowls, pottery and silk. And it is hard to resist a drink at one of the local bars or a light lunch at one of the many restaurants.
For a change of scene, you can take the cable car directly from Venosc to enter the world of Les Deux Alpes, that transforms itself into a summer resort with swimming pools, ice skating, summer skiing, summer luge, quad bikes, horse riding, trampolines and even beach volley ball. A fabulous range of shops and restaurants, including the Michelin star Hotel Chalet Mounier, awaits you. And when you step out into the street you will be surprised to see the snowy peaks of La Muzelle just across the valley.
Other villages in the region such as Saint Christophe, La Berarde, Besse en Oisans, Clavens, Villard Notre Dame, Villard Reymond and Villard Reculas are definitely worth a visit. Each has its own character and charm, with their own particular shops and their own museums portraying some aspect of life in the mountains. And if you happen to be here on a Saturday morning the Bourg d’Oisans market is full of colour and local produce.
Not so far away
For a full day out you cannot go wrong with a visit to Grenoble, Briançon, Lyon, Annecy or Geneva. These are 5 exceptional cities, each with their own style and character.
For example, for those who like mountain drives there is nothing better than to take the road to Italy, through La Grave, past the mountains of La Meije, over the Col de Lautaret, down the valley to Ser Chevallier and on to Briancon. On the way it is definitely worth stopping right on the col du Lauteret for the Jardin Alpin, where you can stroll through the incredible collection of alpine flowers and plants from all over the world. Once in Briancon you will not want to leave. It is a picturesque, fortified town steeped in history, that is both beautiful, intriguing and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a veritable tourist town with its winding, ancient cobbled streets and a wealth of arts shops in amongst the numerous restaurants.
A passion for history
The Chateau de Vizille and the Museum of the French Revolution is not to be missed, set in the beautiful gardens of the chateau with lakeside walks and animal park.
Closer to home, both literally and metaphorically, the history of alpine climbing is beautifully presented in the Museum of Saint Christophe. There is an exceptional collection of beautiful mountain crystals and a transfixing portrayal of the art of collecting Earth’s treasures at the Museum in Bourg d’Oisans. And for the more technically minded there is the tour of the turbines at the EDF station in Allemont. Full list of exhibitions and museums.
A passion for art
The Oisans Savoir-Faire Route is a like a door opening on to the mountain culture of the region, the diversity of its heritage and skills.
Travelling along its roads will take you through varied scenery. You will get to meet engaging local characters, admire the quality of their work and the flavour of their products.
Artists, craftsmen and women, local producers and cultural sites all welcome you into their workshops, farms or museums for a special opportunity to discover their savoir-faire.