Château Ville-Vieille

These villages just like other villages in the Queyras, experienced disaster in 1957 when the rivers overflowed and flooded the area. The recurrent floods can be explained by the shale terrain of the Upper-Guil. The Queyras has a very specific geology which is divided into two distinctive parts (one shaly (schist), the other chalky (limestone)) can account for many original features: the geological lock of the Upper-Guil, the Demoiselle Coiffée, the Casse Déserte… The Geological Centre is thus to be found at the foot of the fort and may allow a better understanding of Queyras history.
The Guil can also be a source of pleasure, indeed, make the most of this beautiful river to experience white water sports or try the easy Via Ferrata which overlooks the river.
Besides obvious places of interest such as the fort and the gorgeous viewpoints, an essential visit is the Maison de L’Artisanat. This unique artisan cooperative created in 1989 houses ‘the eight locks cabinet’ which once sheltered the archives and records of the seven Queyras districts. The artisan cooperative also includes an exhibition as well as a shop where all can admire and purchase local products representative of Queyras life. All five senses will come alive to savor the pleasures of the cooperative which is both authentic and friendly, just like the people of the Queyras!
 
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