Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas

Departement of the Hautes Alpes - Population : 781 inh. - Altitude : 1,134 m.

puce 25 km North-East of Gap via the N85 and the D944.
Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, mountain village

In the upper Champsaur valley, in the heart of the Ecrins National Park, ou'll find the municipality of Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, a group of hamlets the largest of which is called Pont-du-Fossé.

Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, belltower

Overlooking the superb broad valley of Drac Noir are a few perched houses, built from massive blocks of grey stone, with lauze roofs, set against a backdrop of vertical rock cliffs, around a picturesque belltower.

Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, flowers

In such a tranquil spot, without a care in the world you'll be able to admire the round tower with its pointed roof, standing nobly in a verdant meadow.

This fine structure is all that remains of a medieval castle where according to historians "five families lived in succession from 1274 to the Revolution in 1789"...


puce What to see:

Saint Jean Château (near the parish church by the crossroads on the road to Chabottonnes).
Le Ecrins National Park.


puce Leisure activities:

Skiing at Orcières and Saint Léger les Mélèzes.
Kayak sur le Drac.


puce Accommodation:

Bed and breakfast.


puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Orcières(10km), Saint Bonnet en Champsaur (15km) and Gap (25km).