La Garde en Oisans is one of the most “vertical” villages in France as it includes 11 hamlets at altitudes ranging from 720 m to 1450 m.
Thanks to its incline and surroundings, La Garde en Oisans is an outstanding location for cycling enthusiasts. Indeed, the commune includes 10 of the 21 switchbacks leading up to Alpe d’Huez. After a few kilometres of unequalled gradient, the incline becomes less severe at the steeple of the Eglise Saint-Pierre.
For hiking enthusiasts, a network of paths starts from the village itself. In winter, the village is directly linked to Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski via the chairlift situated in the hamlet of Maronne.
The name « La Garde » refers to a a high place, enjoying an uninterrupted view and a strategic position, where a “guard” post was located. Here, the place is perfectly matches the definition. On the road up to Alpe d’Huez , this village.