Aiguilles was the largest town in the Queyras from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th. Victim of many fires and floods, the town lost many of its inhabitants between 1850 and 1900 many of whom migrated to South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia or Chile) to seek their fortunes. On returning home, some of them constructed grand new buildings of a style that became typical of Aiguilles architecture. For this reason Aiguilles was dubbed “the American Town”.Aiguilles is at the heart of the Queyras Regional Natural park. With 450 permanent inhabitants the town is the administrative centre for the area. Visiting Aiguilles is an absolute must, it is a dynamic, blossoming community that organizes plenty of festivals and events. The busy town centre boasts numerous shops: chemist, post office, shops open all year.
Queyras Magazine winter 2016/2017