A view of Pont-en-Royans
|Canton||Le Sud Grésivaudan|
|Intercommunality||Bourne à l'Isère|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Bernard Grindatto|
|2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||280/km2 (730/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||183–788 m (600–2,585 ft) |
(avg. 210 m or 690 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
The town is located near the Isère valley at the gates of the Vercors Regional Natural Park. It lies at the meeting of the rivers Bourne (which rises in Lans en Vercors) and its tributary the Vernaison (which originates in the territory of Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors). Both rivers collect most of the waters of the Vercors. The left bank and the river after its confluence are located in the department of Drôme.
Today, Pont-en-Royans is a village which shows the medieval architecture of the sixteenth century and is famous for its colorful hanging houses. Its original architecture is due to an ingenious adaptation to the environment of the village to promote its trading activity with timber.
- The water museum aims to explore the water in all its forms. A bar allows water tasting of more than 900 bottled waters of the world.
- The Choranche caves lead through an underground river of stalactites. Unique amphibians (the proteas) are survivors from the time of dinosaurs.
- Circus choranche and cascading Gournier.
- Route des Gorges de la Bourne between Pont-en-Royans and Villard-de-Lans. Corbelled road carved into the rock and classified three stars in the Michelin guide. Work is being undertaken since 2008 to secure the route to the source of many accidents
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