Le Bourg-d’Oisans is located on a mountain plain. Its economy is based on agriculture, while at the same time being one of the Isère department’s leading tourist destinations. Its proximity to the ski resorts of Alpe-d’Huez and Les Deux-Alpes, near Oz-en-Oisans, makes it even more attractive to holidaymakers. Our 5-star campsite with heated indoor swimming pool is located in the commune of Bourg-d’Oisans, offering an ideal location for enjoying all the charms of this area rich in tourist activities in Isère.
30,000 years ago, an imposing glacier covered the Romanche and Vénéon valleys. Global warming led to the gradual melting of the ice. The result was the disappearance of the ancient Lake St. Lawrence. It was drained in the 19th century to enable farming on particularly rich alluvium.
But even though the Bourg-d’Oisans plain remained marshy and subject to flooding, it didn’t wait for the diking and drainage works to develop. As early as the 11th century, a priory already existed at the foot of the mountain, at Saint-Lauren-de-Lac, which later became Bourg-d’Oisans. As a sign of its importance, the site was protected by a solid rampart. Inside this fortified town stands a majestic castle, just a stone’s throw from the church.
The economic and cultural life of Bourg-d’Oisans revolved around this castle, with the creation of a fair in 1313 and a tollgate in 1330. The city grew to become the economic hub of the region. It still plays this central role for the six Oisans valleys. The village of Bourcat offers views of the most beautiful Alpine massifs, such as the Belledonne massif, and remains a popular destination for high-mountain enthusiasts.