The Col D’Izoard is a regular location on the route of the Tour de France, and the peak is at the top of a winding road which takes you through forests and valleys. The natural rainbow of colour in the summer months make this a gorgeous place to capture on film, with the grassy fields, dark pine trees and coloured rocks. There are several hikes starting at Col D’Izoard, and you are sure to see some amazing wildlife along the way too.
Col de Granon
The long journey to Col de Granon is worth it for the views at the peak – on clear days you can see all the way to Italy. The mountain pass is popular with cyclists, following the narrow tarmac road on the southern approach to the top. Beyond the pass, there are gravel roads which are part of a military training area. The vistas seen along the way are incomparable, and you are sure to snap several photos as you head to the top of the pass.
Le Pied du Col
Take a detour off the main road between Briançon and La Grave to Le Pied du Col. The small village in the Alps has countless photogenic spots, from the views of the La Romanche river to the colourful dam. Getting closer to the river, the blue summer skies reflect on the water, and the water flows rapidly below. You may want to set up a tripod and while away a few hours taking lots of photos of the surrounding hills and mountains.