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Briancon

Briancon Briancon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department. At an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet) it is the highest city in the European Union, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briancon s most recent population estimate is 11,645. Briancon is built on a plateau centred around the confluence of the Durance and the Guisane rivers.Briancon is the base and lowest altitude station of the large Serre Chevalier ski resort. Most of the town's accommodation is used exclusively in the winter season, the population tripling during that period.

 Briancon was the Brigantium of the Romans and formed part of the kingdom of King Cottius. Brigantium was marked as the first place in Gallia after Alpis Cottia. At Brigantium the road branched, to the west through Grenoble to Vienna, on the Rhone; to the south through Ebrodunum , to Vapincum. Both the Antonine Itinerary and the Table give the route from Brigantium to Vapincum. The Table places Brigantium 6 M.P. from Alpis Cottia. Strabo mentions the village Brigantium, and on a road to Alpis Cottia, but his words are obscure. Ptolemy mentions Brigantium as within the limits of the Segusini, or people of Segusio , in Piedmont; but it seems, as D'Anville observes, to be beyond the natural limits of the Segusini. Walckenaer justifies Ptolemy in this matter by supposing that he follows a description of Italy made before the new divisions of Augustus, which we know from Pliny. Walckenaer also supports his justification of Ptolemy by the Jerusalem Itinerary, which makes the Alpes Cottiae commence at Rama between Embrun and Briancon.

Briancon2In the 1040s it came into the hands of the counts of Albon and thenceforth shared the fate of the Dauphiné. The Briançonnais included not merely the upper valley of the Durance, but also the valley of the Dora Riparia , and that of the Chisone - these glens all lying on the eastern slope of the chain of the Alps. But by the treaty of Utrecht  all these valleys were handed over to Savoy in exchange for that of Barcelonnette, on the west slope of the Alps. In 1815 Briancon successfully withstood a siege of three months at the hands of the Allies, a feat which is commemorated by an inscription on one of its gates, Le passé répond de l'avenir.

The most convenient way is to get private transfers from Grenoble to Briancon, transfers from Lyon to Briancon  or transfers from Chambery to Briancon.

We offer transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble to Briancon.