peace-and-quiet and authenticity at the heart of Oisans
Are you looking for a hilltop village at an altitude of 1,500m? Villard-Reculas is perched up on a balcony cliff, overlooking the Romanche and Eau d’Olle valleys. It is a sun-drenched resort thanks to its south-facing position, opposite the mountains of the Oisans! Spectacular scenery guaranteed!
A superb environment and the natural assets of the area, combined with the vast Alpine pastures, meant that man was able to use this area as farming land first of all, and then for skiing. In 1946, thanks to its close proximity to the Alpe d’Huez resort, Villard-Reculas was transformed into a village-resort, and has managed to keep its authenticity, heritage and history intact.
Villard-Reculas quickly followed in the footsteps of its neighbour, becoming the first partner resort of Alpe d’Huez in 1946 thanks to the button lift providing a link between the two resorts. Today, both in summer and winter, this charming little mountain resort has a wide range of activities and top-quality entertainment on offer, in a quiet, contemplative and authentic environment.
In the winter: skiing, snowshoeing, ski-touring, trail running in the snow, yoga and Nordic walking. In the summer: hiking, MTB, bicycle touring and trail running with the Oisans Station de Trail. Not-to-mention the heritage sites to visit such as the village itself and the goat farm.
The team at Villard-Reculas Tourist Office will be delighted to welcome you, advise you and answer all your questions, to make sure your stay in Villard-Reculas is a roaring success!
To see and do
A Charming village-resort of the Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski area and the Grand domaine MTB area
Who would have guessed that this peaceful and authentic, traditional village, Villard-Reculas, was also the very 1st of Alpe d’Huez’s partner resorts? Since 1946, ski lifts have been taking visitors up to the Pic du Signal, at an altitude of 2,100m, which separates the small village and the international resort. Since then, Villard-Reculas, a charming little resort of the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski and MTB area, has worked hard to maintain the traditional nature of the village, while also being connected to one of the most beautiful ski areas in the Alps, with a peak of 3,300m, in both the winter and the summer.
Villard-Reculas, chosen base camp for the Oisans Station de Trail®
Thanks to its central location in Oisans, at the heart of a network of waymarked and maintained trails, Villard-Reculas has chosen to provide trail runners with a fully-equipped base location featuring 13 summer routes. But it doesn’t end there! There’s also the opportunity to go trail running on the snow in winter, along 2 routes, there are also trail running workshops, long uphill sections, joint-organisation of trail-running events in the summer, and so much more. The stunning landscapes of Oisans do the rest!
An authentic village
Villard-Reculas is a traditional and charming village, thanks to its residents who have always made sure that the village has protected its identity. Go up for a day out, take a stroll through the narrow streets, around the small church and on to the local farm, the Chèvrerie. Then explore the Alpine pastures above the village, take a detour to the small Lac du Langaret, follow the panoramic trail up to Alpe d’Huez or follow the Sentier de Découverte trail to get an all-round experience of life in a little mountain village.