About the surrounding area
The town of Vaujany, set at 1,250m, is typically Alpine in its character and architecture. Located above the reservoir at Allemont up a fairly steep climb, Vaujany offers stunning views of the local area. The town is set in one side of a valley. The newer larger hotels have been designed and built in a way to integrate beautifully with the original alpine architecture of the town.
The main market town of the Oisans region Bourg d’Oisans, is a 25 minute (14km) drive away. Being the main town ‘Bourg’ offers a wide array of shops, bars and restaurants. It has a large supermarket with parking (ideal for stocking up!). Petrol stations, banks, post office, pharmacies, medical centre, bus terminus, builder’s merchants, churches, riverside walks, cycle hire, swimming pool, tennis courts, Osteopaths (the list goes on!) can all be found in this quaint typically alpine mountain town.
La Remise, in the middle of town, has a good menu and offers good quality. Stiefs steakhouse (practically next door) does what it says on the tin! Whilst plenty of the hotels have good quality bars and restaurants that are open to both residents and non-residents. Whilst on the mountain La P’Oz Chez Passoud offers good food and views. Le Stou restaurant located in the sports centre complex is great for an apres-swim or apres-workout meal and drink.
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The 21 hairpin bends that lead from Bourg d’Oisans up to Alpe d’Huez is probably the most famous climb in the whole of the cycling world. The views from the top of the Pic Blanc (accessed from the DMC lift centre) offers truly breath taking views, on a clear day you can see Mont Blanc, Les Deux Alpes and even the mighty Mont Ventoux (the giant of Provence!!). Around 45 minutes toward Grenoble is the historic town of Vizille with its museum and Chateau. Top flight rugby is played at the new Stade des Alpes by Top14 club Grenoble, which is around an hour away. The historic and incredibly picturesque ‘Route Napoleon’ runs from the area all the way to the Mediterranean, and follows the route taken by Napoleon upon his return from Elba in 1815, and links Grenoble with Cannes (N85).
Things to Do nearby
Linked to the Alpe d’huez Grande domain by the suitably nicknamed ‘James Bond Gondola car’, Vaujany offers a wide range of winter activities, with something to suit all abilities. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding (on and off Piste), cross country skiing, Nordic walking, paragliding and the latest craze of ‘Fat biking’ (basically a mountain bike with 4x4 tyres). In summer Vaujany offers mountain biking, hiking, archery, climbing and has a fantastic modern sports centre offering an indoor ice rink, swimming pool, bowling, tennis and a fully equipped gymnasium.
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The nine-hole golf course in Alpe d’Huez, by the altiport, consists of 6 ‘pitch and putt’ holes to start and 3 genuine tough par 3’s to finish. A tougher 9-hole course can be found in Les Deux Alpes, underneath the ‘red jelly bean’ bubble car. For a serious challenge try the Golf International at Eybens, around 45 minutes away towards Grenoble (near Vizille), this Robert Trent Jones designed course is regarding a being amongst the best in France. During the summer in Alpe d’Huez most Thursdays you will find a competition at the course which can be entered on the day. The 6th tee box is literally on the runway of the altiport and offers fantastic views. There are other courses in the area at Seyssins, Charmeil, and Uriage (all near Grenoble).
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Vaujany is linked to the Alpe d’Huez Grande domain ski area by the Vaujany Alpette, Alpettte Rousses gondola cars and to Mont Frais by the Villette Mont Frais lift. Once at the top of the Vaujany Alpette you can easily ski down to Oz and from there up to and any station on the DMC/Pic Blanc lift or snake your way up, down and across and easily access, the Sarenne Black run or from Alpe d’huez take the ‘scare chair’ across to the quieter slopes of Auris.
Livelier than Oz but quieter than Alpe d’Huez, Vaujany has a few bars that offer good fun ‘apres-ski’. Stiefs Steakhouse café offers an array of beers, Wi-Fi, drinks promos’ and live sports and L’Aigle Royal in the middle of town has a nice atmosphere.
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