Pure Culture and the Perfect Climate.
The title „City of Art and History“ , which was awarded to Briançon from the French Ministery of Culture, is not just due to the famous fortifications. On the one hand the centre is open to those interested in culture with its contemporary art as well as several galleries. On the other hand the unusual old town’s façades bear witness to Briançon’s vivid history. The numerous sundials on the restored houses are, among other things, proof that Briançon has always had many days of sunshine.
In addition to its development into a winter ski-resort from the second half of the 19th century, Briancon also made a name for itself as a thermal health resort at about the same time. Even today the very dry and sunny climate is used as a therapy for respiratory ailments.
A Complete Range of Leisure Activities
In addition to a whole lot of culture and an impressive history, Briancon has a selection of leisure facilities, that are just as impressive. The swimming pool / sports / spa centre „Parc 1326“ is, without a doubt, the highlight here and includes an indoor olympic sized ice rink, that is open all year round, plus a water park with an indoor pool, aqua-therapy pools, children’s pools, giant water slides, jacuzzis, waterfalls, water currents, thermal springs, massage showers, sunbeds, sauna and bathhouses.
Those who want to be physically active away from the slopes, can also use the 3 tennis courts in Briançon as well as the sportscentre ALP’SQUASH (600m²), which is fitted out with 2 squash courts, 2 badminton courts, an indoor table tennis area plus a golfsimulator.
Briancon’s „Laser Tag“ facility is popular among young ski-tourists. Here you fight solo or in a team in a labyrinth similar to those used in paintball games and try not to get hit. Harmless lasercanons are used however instead of colour cartridges.
The very young holiday guests can live it up in the indoor play area „Kidz Indoor“, which is equipped with classical toys, although in an XXL size. In addition to the massive lego pieces, building bricks and large wooden cars, there are also climbing and tunnel facilities plus normal-sized board games. „Fighting“ in a large inflated sumo-costume is also particularly fun for both adults and children.
Furthermore, Briançon has several attractive restaurants and bars and also a casino, a cinema and a theater, which all offer a varied evening programme.