Molines, nestled in the Beauregard massif, is composed of seven hamlets: the main village (Molines), La Rua, Gaudissard, Clot la Chalp, Pierre-Grosse, Le Coin et Fontgillarde. The ‘fustes’ (log chalets), the most popular Queyras architecture, can be found in the Aigues valley. Even now, modern buildings are inspired by this traditional architecture which was invented several centuries back. Access to Molines is by a pleasant road amongst larch trees, along which the Demoiselle Coiffée reveals herself. Also worth a visit, is the Saint Roman church and bell tower as well as the old bread oven, both located in La Rua. In this authentic setting, feel free to chat to the locals and ask them about their trades and traditions.
You will discover many approaches to trekking in Molines, whether on a horse, on a bike or by foot, each outing will be a great opportunity to see the fauna and flora so specific to the area; indeed, some species and varieties only exist in the Queyras. There are many different activities to choose from in these stunning natural surroundings such as mountain biking along the numerous marked paths, road cycling up to the majestic Agnel col, or even paragliding. Molines is well equipped for leisure as can have a go on the summer bobsleigh or on the high ropes course or simply play around on the multisport pitch.
Queyras Magazine winter 2016/2017