Bourg d’Oisans is your gateway to the mountains and all they have to offer: sport, relaxation and unspoilt nature.
It is only 20 mins to Alpe d'Huez, a snow-sure ski resort perfect for all abilities and 30 mins to Les 2 Alpes.
Its convivial atmosphere, fabulous outdoor pool with corkscrew slide and toddlers pool, wide choice of shops, bars and restaurants and vibrant market are simply idyllic.
The Rainbow House is just a few minutes walk
(200 m) from the center of the town.
The house has been renovated to provide all modern comforts but has retained its character.
The ground floor is an open plan living-room and kitchen.
The kitchen is well equipped with oven, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and all the usual things you need to cater during your stay, and the living-room offers sofa to relax close to the wood burning stove in winter.
The dining area has seating for up to 6 .
The 1st floor provides a double bedroom, separate toilet and bathroom. The 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms with twin beds. The house also has a large terrace to enjoy sun and the view of Alpe d'Huez.
The Rainbow House is ideal for families or groups of friends
Cycling Paradise: From small country roads to solitary mountain passes lost in the clouds, Oisans is a very popular area for cycling. Come and explore the six valleys of this fantastic area with its winding roads, its perched villages, sitting on mountain tops like eagles’ nests, or its more gentle roads opening up its hidden valleys. As you will see, each road has its own history and each village has its own distinctive character.
The ‘30 Cyclo Tourisme’ guide lists 30 routes all starting from Bourg d’Oisans, including the infamous 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez, as well as some less strenuous routes suitable for all the family.
Oisans hosts spectacular mountain bike competitions such as ‘Megavalanche’, the longest MTB downhill race in the world, starting in Alpe d’Huez and finishing 30 kms and 2800 m further down. There are events for everyone to participate in and with the cable car open all year round, the route up the mountain could not be easier!
Also famous, the cyclosportive called "La Marmotte".
Summer Activities for Kids and Big Kids ! : Take flight! Paragliding courses for beginners, tandem jumps and advanced courses all available. On the water -whether you choose the peace and tranquility of fishing or the excitement of white water rafting, you can find it here, with over 200 kms of streams and rivers and many mountain lakes. Sailing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning, swimming pools, fountains in the summer, the water offers a wide range of refreshing possibilities.
The Ecrins National park was created to protect and enhance the extraordinary natural heritage of Oisans. It has over 680 kms of way-marked trials ranging from simple strolls to adventurous hikes. Surrounded by the majestic mountains, whatever path you choose the setting is sure to be memorable. The 'Via Ferratas' (ladders, ramps and cables fixed to the rock face) provide climbers with complete security
Ski : Alpe d'Huez is one of the top five alpine high altitude resorts in France, enjoying the impressive scenery of the Grandes Rousses Mountains. It boasts an excellent snow record, extended season and is ideal for skiers and snowboarders of every level. Alpe d’Huez is served by 240Km of pistes with 88 inter-linked lifts. For beginners the lower slopes provide 39 confidence boosting green runs. Intermediates and snowboarders can enjoy the 32 blue runs as well as 28 more challenging reds with fantastic excursions to the satellite villages. The advanced skier will find some of the most testing terrain in France from the top of Pic Blanc at 3330mts, with 19 black runs including the longest in Europe, 'La Sarenne', and the intimidating 'Le Tunnel'. A snowboard fun park, ice-skating, tobogganing, indoor and outdoor swimming and fully equipped sports centre complete the winter activities. If you favour more extreme sports try skiing off-piste, skiing by night or ice climbing.
2 Alpes ski resort is also very famous and close to Bourg d'Oisans.
Other Activities: white water rafting, kayaking.
Getting to Bourg and Alpe d'Huez: Our closest airport is Grenoble, a small provincial airport that is wonderfully quick to get in and out from. Ryanair fly all year round and Easyjet in winter. Grenoble airport is 56 miles and about an hours drive from Bourg. We recommend pre-booking car-hire or you can take the transfer to Grenoble City Center and a bus from there. Almost as easy is Lyon airport which is 85 miles and about an hour and a quarter drive. British Airways and many of the low cost airlines operate flights to Lyon and there is more choice to Lyon from airports in the Midlands and the North. Some guests also fly into Geneva which is about 2 1/2 hours drive. Grenoble train station and city centre is 44 miles from Bourg d'Oisans with a number of buses available. If you prefer to drive it is 8 to 9 hours from Calais or Boulougne. It's an easy, if long drive, as the motorways tend to be much quieter than the UK. The tolls are about 80 euros each way.