Tourist attractions

La Mure / Serre-Chevalier

La Mure

La Mure

The little common of Isère has already seen the pack of the Tour go by several times when it races on the N85 road, also known as Route Napoléon and it heads from Grenoble to Gap. The people of La Mure have had the opportunity to cheer two local heroes: Anatole Novak who took part in ten editions of the Tour de France, from 1961 when he won a stage in Metz, to 1970, and Thierry Bourguignon who  competed on the Tour seven times from 1991 to 1999. More recently, in 2014, the Critérium du Dauphiné had a stage finish in La Mure claimed by Slovenian Simon Spilak.

Vue générale, La Mure © Mairie de La Mure

Stage town for the first time
Main town in a canton of Matheysine-Trièves in Isère (38)
5,300 inhabitants (Murois), 20,000 inhabitants within the 44 communes comprising the Matheysine

Economy: Former mining site (anthra   cite). Gorgy Timing (international leader in the innovation of secure time synchronisation). Summer and winter tourism: six lakes (swimming, sailing, fishing, windsurfing), trails (walking, horse-riding, cyclo-tourism), three winter sports sites, Écrins Natural Park

Culture: Prairie de la Rencontre at Laffrey (site of Napoleon's retaking of power), Route Napoléon, Notre-Dame de la Salette Sanctuary (France's second biggest place of pilgrimage), La Pierre Percée (the pierced rock, a marvel of the Dauphiné), Monteynard hanging bridges (a unique site in Europe), the Petit Train de la Mure, Matheysin Museum, Underground Museum of Mining Images (recalls its mining heyday and features a descent into its tunnels), the Maison du Patrimoine at Pellafol, the Maison Olivier Messiaen at Saint-Théoffrey (residence for artists). Events: La Mure du Son (music festival), Les Montagn'arts (music and the visual arts), Les Nuits Musicales de Corps (classical music)

Sport: Rugby club matheysin. Events: Trail des Passerelles, Verticale du Grand Serre, Raid Napoléon (all running races), Triathlon du Valbonnais, Rallye de la Matheysine

Specialities: Murçon (sausage flavoured with caraway), tourte muroise (meat and mushroom pie), ravioles (pasta squares), goat's cheese, caillettes (faggots), broquetons (cheese and potato croquettes), Matheysin cheese.

Distinction: First prize in the department's floral town competition in 2016

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La mure and cycling

The small Isère town has seen the peloton pass many times when it takes the N85, also called Route Napoleon, which connects Grenoble to Gap. The Murois could certainly have encouraged two of their own riders: Anatole Novak, who took part in ten Tours de France - from 1961 when he won a stage in Metz to 1970 - and Thierry Bourguignon, who took part in the race from 1991 to 1999. Because he was tall for a rider at 1.87 metres, Anatole Novak was nicknamed "the giant of La Mure". A team-mate for Jacques Anquetil and later Roger Pingeon or Luis Ocana, he also won a stage of the Vuelta in 1970. Thierry Bourguignon, despite a half-hearted record, was one of the most popular riders of his generation and a respected consultant.

More recently, in 2014, the Critérium du Dauphiné made a stop at La Mure where Slovenian Simon Spilak raised his arms.

Anatole Novak - Tour de France 1964 © Presse SportsSimon Spilak - Criterium du Dauphiné 2014 © Presse Sports / Bernard Papon

Stage town for the first time
Main town in a canton of Matheysine-Trièves in Isère (38)
5,300 inhabitants (Murois), 20,000 inhabitants within the 44 communes comprising the Matheysine

Economy: Former mining site (anthra   cite). Gorgy Timing (international leader in the innovation of secure time synchronisation). Summer and winter tourism: six lakes (swimming, sailing, fishing, windsurfing), trails (walking, horse-riding, cyclo-tourism), three winter sports sites, Écrins Natural Park

Culture: Prairie de la Rencontre at Laffrey (site of Napoleon's retaking of power), Route Napoléon, Notre-Dame de la Salette Sanctuary (France's second biggest place of pilgrimage), La Pierre Percée (the pierced rock, a marvel of the Dauphiné), Monteynard hanging bridges (a unique site in Europe), the Petit Train de la Mure, Matheysin Museum, Underground Museum of Mining Images (recalls its mining heyday and features a descent into its tunnels), the Maison du Patrimoine at Pellafol, the Maison Olivier Messiaen at Saint-Théoffrey (residence for artists). Events: La Mure du Son (music festival), Les Montagn'arts (music and the visual arts), Les Nuits Musicales de Corps (classical music)

Sport: Rugby club matheysin. Events: Trail des Passerelles, Verticale du Grand Serre, Raid Napoléon (all running races), Triathlon du Valbonnais, Rallye de la Matheysine

Specialities: Murçon (sausage flavoured with caraway), tourte muroise (meat and mushroom pie), ravioles (pasta squares), goat's cheese, caillettes (faggots), broquetons (cheese and potato croquettes), Matheysin cheese.

Distinction: First prize in the department's floral town competition in 2016

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Sights

The Himalayan footbridges of the Monteynard
Unique in Europe, two Himalayan footbridges, both vertiginous and concelded in their environment of woods and minerals, offer extraordinary perspectives on Lake Monteynard. The footbridges, 200 metres long, span the gorges of Drac and Ebron at a height of 80 metres above the water.
www.lac-monteynard.com

The Image Mine Museum
Built on an old underground mining site, the Image Mine Museum tells the mining history of the Matheysin plateau and the extraction of anthracite, the best coal in the world. Created and maintained by former miners, the site offers a complete museography (mining techniques, tools, miners' lifestyle) and a guided tour.
www.mine-image.com

Sanctuary of Notre Dame de la Salette
The sanctuary of Notre-Dame de La Salette is located in full nature, at an altitude of 1,800 m, at the foot of a ring of mountains. The second pilgrimage site in France after Lourdes, the sanctuary hosts nearly 150,000 people each year. It is also a place for relaxation and a starting point for hiking.
www.lasalette.cef.fr

Matheysin Museum
Located in the heart of the old town of La Mure in a historic building - the Carral house - the Matheysin Museum retraces the history of this mountainous country. Visitors can discover several collections (archeology, ethnology, documentary archives...) while the museum leaves central stage to the testimonies on the lives, techniques, customs and local history. Since 2012, the museum also opened a whole wing to contemporary art with a presentation of works by artist Claude Garanjoud.
www.lamure.fr

Prairie de la Rencontre
On his return from the island of Elba, Emperor Napoleon crossed the Alps on his way to Paris. On March 7, 1815, he met the royalist troops of Louis XVIII, who had come to arrest him, in Laffrey. That is when he pronounced the famous phrase: "Soldiers, if there is one among you who wishes to kill his Emperor, here I am!" And the king's soldiers rallied behind him. Since then, the place has retained the name of "Prairie de la Rencontre" (Prairie of the meeting). Dominated by an imposing equestrian statue at the effigy of the Emperor, it is now a major stopover on the famous "Route Napoleon".
www.matheysine-tourisme.com

The Pierced Stone
Known as the seventh wonder of the Dauphiné, the Pierced Stone is a magnificent natural sculpture perched at the top of a hill overlooking the Matheysine valley. The site of several legends, its a great goal for hiking while the panoramic view at the top is gorgeous.
www.matheysine-tourisme.com

Les Ecrins National Park
A haven of nature, landscapes and cultural heritage, the Ecrins National Park offers an exceptional variety of wildlife discoveries. The Matheysine is the westernmost gateway into the park.
www.ecrins-parcnational.fr

Les passerelles himalayennes de Monteynard © ThiebautLes passerelles himalayennes de Monteynard © ThiebautLe musée de la Mine Image © La Mine ImageLe sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de la Salette © Images et RêvesLe musée Matheysin ©La statue équestre de Napoléon de Emmanuel Frémiet, 1868, placée en 1930 à l'endroit où Napoléon a rencontré les soldats qui venaient l'arrêter, le 7 mars 1815, à son retour de captivité de l'île d'Elbe © Matheysine ToursimeVue de la Pierre Percée © Matheysine ToursimeLe Parc National des Ecrins et son reflet © Nuno Alves

Stage town for the first time
Main town in a canton of Matheysine-Trièves in Isère (38)
5,300 inhabitants (Murois), 20,000 inhabitants within the 44 communes comprising the Matheysine

Economy: Former mining site (anthra   cite). Gorgy Timing (international leader in the innovation of secure time synchronisation). Summer and winter tourism: six lakes (swimming, sailing, fishing, windsurfing), trails (walking, horse-riding, cyclo-tourism), three winter sports sites, Écrins Natural Park

Culture: Prairie de la Rencontre at Laffrey (site of Napoleon's retaking of power), Route Napoléon, Notre-Dame de la Salette Sanctuary (France's second biggest place of pilgrimage), La Pierre Percée (the pierced rock, a marvel of the Dauphiné), Monteynard hanging bridges (a unique site in Europe), the Petit Train de la Mure, Matheysin Museum, Underground Museum of Mining Images (recalls its mining heyday and features a descent into its tunnels), the Maison du Patrimoine at Pellafol, the Maison Olivier Messiaen at Saint-Théoffrey (residence for artists). Events: La Mure du Son (music festival), Les Montagn'arts (music and the visual arts), Les Nuits Musicales de Corps (classical music)

Sport: Rugby club matheysin. Events: Trail des Passerelles, Verticale du Grand Serre, Raid Napoléon (all running races), Triathlon du Valbonnais, Rallye de la Matheysine

Specialities: Murçon (sausage flavoured with caraway), tourte muroise (meat and mushroom pie), ravioles (pasta squares), goat's cheese, caillettes (faggots), broquetons (cheese and potato croquettes), Matheysin cheese.

Distinction: First prize in the department's floral town competition in 2016

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La réserve du Lauvitel

© P. Gourdain

At the beginning of the race, the route crosses two Natura 2000 sites - the Massif de la Muzelle, almost all of which is in the heart of the Ecrins National Park and which includes the Haut Béranger National Nature Reserve. The second site is one of only two French wilderness areas- the Lauvitel Reserve.

This site, made up of high-altitude habitats, has an immense wealth of fauna and flora, with rare plant species (such as the “Queen of the Alps”).

Read more: www.afbiodiversite.fr/fr/stage-17-la-mure-serre-chevalier

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