Neighboring the Italian valleys, Abriès is tucked around a junction between the Guil and the Bouchet rivers. Not far away from Piedmont, the village used to be the commercial centre of the Queyras. Its population was much larger in the 19th century and has since declined; now just 400 people live there. Nonetheless this population is a young and dynamic one: numerous festivals and events go on throughout the year. On the opening of the Gorges du Guil road half way through the 19th century, numerous French and foreign tourists poured into the Upper Guil valley, attracted by its mountains. Many of the big hotels sprang up over this time and it is still possible to admire the architecture of the day. To make the most of this sunny village, wander through the streets discovering its artisan boutiques and shops. There is always something going on in Abriès.

Queyras Magazine winter 2016/2017