vallouise southern french alps


This is the village where AlpBase is centred. Vallouise is a small mountain village with a population of only 650. Vallouise is situated at the junction of 3 valleys, on a plateau at 1,100m with stunning alpine scenery all around.

st etienne church vallouise

In summer there is mountain biking and hiking from the doorstep, and in winter snowshoeing and x-country skiing. The village has 6 restaurants, 2 bars, two small supermarkets, a number of stationeries and gift shops, three outdoor equipment and ski hire shops, a pharmacy, and of course the weekly market.

At the centre of Vallouise Village is the historic parish church of Saint-Etienne. The Vallouise church was first constructed in the fourteenth and then rebuilt in the fifteenth century. Visible from afar, its bell tower is pierced by two floors of mullioned arched windows. When you first arrive in village square in front of the building you are quickly guided away to the main entrance (adjacent to the chapel of the Penitents) built in the sixteenth century. The interior has a really unique sombre atmosphere which does exactly what it was meant to do - literally put the fear of God into you - but only in a positive and culturally fascinating way!

The other unmissable event in Vallouise is the village's weekly market. It is always on a Thursday and ranges from a few stalls in the low season to a huge attraction in mid Summer that occupies the entire village and attracts hundreds of people.



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