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Cloud Citadel
Co-living Space In The French Alps

A Mountain Base For Those Who Enjoy A Location Independent Lifestyle

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What is Cloud Citadel

Cloud Citadel is a coliving and coworking space for mountain loving digital nomads and remote workers. It is an ideal place if you are looking to get inspired and productive in your professional life and to spend your free time doing mountain-based activities. Located in Briancon, Europe’s highest town in the heart of Ecrins National Park and at the foot of one of France’s largest ski resorts, Serre Chevalier.

Boasting 300+ days of sunshine a year, Briancon offers nomads the perfect balance of work and activities in the outdoors. The Hautes-Alpes contains treasures of nature and is a playground exemplary in its diversity and its wild character. Briançon lies at the meeting point of five valleys, and its adjacent national park, Les Ecrins, host several glaciers and culminates at 4101 meters high.

We love people and we think that when they come together, magic happens

Everyone has their unique path in life, has been through a unique set of experiences and accumulated specific knowledge. When we share time together, we get surprised, we get smarter, we laugh, we cry, we challenge ourselves, we learn from our mistakes, we help each other, we realize that we are all facing the same kind of issues, we connect with each other, we reconnect with ourselves, and all of that enables us to blossom, each of us in our own beautiful way.

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A Mountain Base for Digital Nomads & Remote Workers

The UNESCO protected citadel of Briançon, aka “Cité Vauban”, feels like a village within the town. It has its own ecosystem and people living there are referred to as “Gargouillards”. The citadel’s narrow streets host many cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries, and other wonders. Various guided historical/cultural visits are organized on a regular basis by the city.

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A Mountain Base for Digital Nomads/Remote Workers

The UNESCO protected citadel of Briançon, aka “Cité Vauban”, feels like a village within the town. It has its own ecosystem and people living there are referred to as “Gargouillards”. The citadel’s narrow streets host many cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries, and other wonders. Various guided historical/cultural visits are organized on a regular basis by the city.

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Europe’s highest town in the heart of Ecrins National Park

Located in Briancon, Europe’s highest town in the heart of Ecrins National Park and at the foot of one of France’s largest ski resorts, Serre Chevalier. Boasting 300+ days of sunshine a year, Briancon offers nomads the perfect balance of work and activities in the outdoors.
With Serre Chevalier, the most well-known, Montgenèvre, the oldest and the mythical La Grave-La Meije, three of the largest ski resorts in France, the Briançon area is undeniably focused on winter sports and summer mountain activities.

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What people say about us

  • I had a fantastic time at Cloud Citadel. Jelena and Joe are great hosts and made us feel super welcome. There was a delicious potluck dinner the night we arrived which was allowed us to get to know the other guests. On Friday evening we went camping up to a beautiful, remote alpine lake. We packed some challenging but fun via ferrata mountaineering in during the weekend before we left. The work space is ideal, quick internet, proper office chairs, and importantly super comfy bed. I will definitely be back!
    Plunkett Dangerfield
    First Circle
  • It was so amazing to stay and work in an former 19th century military barracks. Cloud Citadel was the perfect mix of things to do and a slow pace of life to get work done.
    Roberta Doyle
    Unsplash
  • Cloud Citadel is the perfect place to be active and work remotely. There are lots of opportunities to socialize, but also to have privacy. Jelena and Joey, the hosts, will do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Guests were friendly and active, and we organized daily activities together, such as skiing, rock climbing, hikes, and shopping trips. The house is large and very comfortable with different spaces to co-work and socialize. The hosts organized several events like family meals, movie/board game nights, pub quizzes and picnics, which made the stay very interesting. The house is located a few minutes’ walk to Briançon’s city center and the Serre Chevalier ski resort. It is possible to walk to Serre Chevalier in the morning, have a nice snowboarding session and be back to the house in the afternoon to work. It is also possible to rock climb all year long in literally thousands of routes within 30 minutes’ drive from the house. The types of rock and routes are varied and suitable for all levels of rock climbers. There are countless hikes and areas for ski touring nearby. Other popular activities are trail running, biking, paragliding, kayaking, rafting and snow kiting. There is also a nice crag and via ferrata about only 15-20 minutes’ walk from the house. I had an amazing stay at Cloud Citadel and I will definitely come back.
    Leila Loezer
    Ryan Software
  • I’ve spent a lot of time working and living in places around the world, and Briancon is without a doubt one of the most special places I’ve ever been. The mixture of the outdoors, culture, and community are really hard to beat. Cloud Citadel is something you have to experience for yourself.
    Matt Doyle
    Splitter
  • 2 weeks in cloud citadel and more to come, we've been there in winter time and we cannot wait to also experience it in the summer time. We've had enough time to ski in the morning or have a hike to the mountain right behind the citadel, and then get back to work for lunch time. About the internet, I need a proper download/upload because of my work, and it was really good, we were often 7-10 ppl at the same time and never felt any downtime. the beds are awesome, the shared bathroom are not an issue as I never had to wait to use them, ok maybe once... ! 😀 Jelena & Joey are great hosts, thank you again and see you soon!
    Clement Yerochewski
    Mobile development
  • THE BEST co-living place ever! You shouldn't doubt a second, just book your stay here. Location is incredible especially if you like mountains. Co-working space is great, community is amazing, bedrooms are super comfy. My favourite co-living in the world so far! If you like hiking, skiing, rock climbing or just spending sunny days in the nature, this place is definitely for you.
    Ilona Bernotaite
    Business consulting in Talent and Learning
  • What was supposed to be a one month stay quickly turned into 4 months and counting :D. When countries were starting to announce that they were about to lock down in March 2020, I knew there was no reason for me to try to go anywhere else. You have everything you could possibly need here. The surroundings are breathtaking. Amazing paths for hiking or MTB riding, climbing routes are a 20 min drive away in any direction, and snow/ski in winter has been loads of fun here, with plenty of runs just 12 min away on foot. So yes, if you want nature, you have it all here, but even just hanging out at the house has been such a nice experience. The internet is top notch, real office chairs in the coworking space and I don't even know where to begin when talking about the hosts, Jelena and Joey. They're model colivers, always thinking about nice things to do for the rest of the community here. Whether it's making crêpes on Sunday morning or organizing countless group activities, you can tell that they genuinely enjoy doing this stuff and spending time with you. Thank you guys for welcoming me with open arms and putting up with me for longer than anyone should ever need to haha >:D<
    Vlad Tamas
    Freelance Software Dev
  • Wonderful place! We stayed there for 3 weeks in January and loved every minute of our stay. The house is gorgeous, well equipped and spotless clean and the coworking space has probably one of the most amazing mountain views ever.We also enjoyed the location a lot! Briancon is a beautiful town and the outdoor options are almost infinite. In January we went skiing in the morning, headed for a couple snowshoe walks, ski touring while others went climbing. Winter is awesome there but to be honest summer and autumn must be equally amazing since the area looks like a hiker's paradise. We'll be back that for sure!Jelena and Joey are 2 truly amazing hosts who will always make sure everything is perfect for their guests. We will be back without any hesitation and highly recommend this beautiful space to all outdoor enthusiasts.
  • I stayed at the Cloud Citadel for a few months this summer (2020). I absolutely loved it! The view from my bedroom was insane! And it was awesome to see the mountains when at work. Joey and Jelena, the owners, were always good to be around. They worked really hard to try and come up with activities to accommodate everyone: Family Dinners, Hikes, and Rafting to name a few. I am a Climber though, and I actually heard how good Briancon was for Climbing while living in New Zealand. There are so many different styles near the town. It is a perfect base for anyone who loves climbing. Or anything outdoors for that matter. Oh and Cloud Citadel have a banging tupperware collection! 😉
    Evan Davies
    XiTENYS
  • This place is a true gem, hidden in the French Alps! At Cloud Citadel, I found a comfy place to stay, a reliable office space, many friends and an opportunity to spend time in nature, doing what I love, climbing and hiking and hopefully snowboarding this winter. Plus, Jelena and Joé make the place feel like home. So... yeah, I'll be back! 🙂
    Marie Vitkova
    Digital Marketing Freelancer
  • Stayed there for 10 days, and it was an amazing experience. Very productive coworking space and coliving in the Alps, with amazing hosts Also, the fact that Cloud Citadel is located in the Alps gives you the perfect opportunity to practice tons of outdoor activities. Finally, thank again both Jelena and Joey for being the perfect hosts.
    Agustin J Ch
    Anceu Coliving
  • I came for a month and ended up staying for 4... A fantastic mountain coliving and coworking place in a beautiful part of the Alps. During winter I was able to walk to the ski lifts but as my stay extended into Spring the surroundings were just as good for mountain biking and climbing. Joey and Jelena have really created a magical spot to hang out, make new friends and work. Highly recommended!
    Tobias Biberach
    Split My Fare
  • Absolutely awesome! super productive workspace, comfortable office chairs and open fire. skiing, snowshoeing, hiking in the snow covered mountains and then resting at night in one of the best beds i have had in a long time 😄. Jelena and Joé manage to create a real community in the Cloud Citadel. Many evenings are spent together in workshops or partying, cooking together or film nights. I'll be back, we'll see, maybe next time in summer to discover the many more outdoor possibilities.
    Julja Schneider
    Virtual Team Development Coach
  • I spent one week at Cloud Citadel and I had an excellent time! The location in the old town is terrific, the number of available activities incredible, and I still can't believe how nice the weather was! Not to mention, the view on the mountains from the bedroom and the coworking space! More importantly, the hosts, Joey and Jelena, radiate the perfect vibe to create an excellent coliving place, attracting a community of like-minded people, facilitating deep connections and great shared experiences. Will I come back? Count on it!
    Jean-Philippe Policieux
    Devenez le Héros
  • "The Cloud Citadel community quickly made us feel like we were part of a family. Then there’s the place itself; a monumental historic building that Jelena and Joey have renovated with serious swag. Then there’s the location: a UNESCO heritage site at the foot of some of Europe’s best slopes? STOP. The coworking facilities and professionalism of the work side of things are matched by the easy going vibes on the social side, whether you're slinging back a glass of vin rouge in the kitchen or playing board games in the common room with the crew. All I can say is: good luck leaving, this place starts to feel like home fast.
    Grace Austin
    Extreme Nomads
  • I stayed for 2 weeks in Cloud Citadel. It's really amazing that Joey and Jelena created this nomad-HOME, as it's so much more than just a co-working space! I don't do any winter mountain sports but still decided to come here in January to create focus-time for myself and my business. The fresh Alpine air, inspiring people, stunning views (through all the windows!) and great facilities made that I got a lot of shit done, but also felt like I got a lot of self-care opportunities here being in a nature environment. The (cheap) direct night train from Paris is also a big advantage! Definitely coming back soon and will be recommending it to my friends!
    Minne Marlo
    Compass To Connection
  • Such a lovely place, beautiful decoration, delicious family dinner and incredibly comfy mattress. The view of every window is stunning. I want to come back for winter 🏂🌧️🏔️ 🤩💕
    Sara Leidinger
    TEDxZurich
  • Great location, in a classified building within the fortified Vauban city. Friendly and committed hosts. I highly recommend for digital nomads who love the mountain!
    Paul-Antoine Arras
    Quarkslab
  • I’ve spent a lot of time working and living in places around the world, and Briancon is without a doubt one of the most special places I’ve ever been. The mixture of the outdoors, culture, and community are really hard to beat. Cloud Citadel is something you have to experience for yourself.

    Matt Doyle

    Splitter

  • It was so amazing to stay and work in an former 19th century military barracks. Cloud Citadel was the perfect mix of things to do and a slow pace of life to get work done.

    Roberta Doyle

    Unsplash

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Things To Do

Climbing

Briançon is surrounded by more than 80 actual climbing sites, many with more than one sector, on 6 different rock types, grades ranging from 3c to 9 and a mix of single and multi-pitch with 300 days of sun per year and you get one of the world’s best climbing spots.

Biking

Mountain biking, Downhill biking, Road biking – Test the big mountain, singletrack paradise that is home to the best riding in the world or cycle the most famous and challenging etapes of Tour de France.

Hiking

Located at the edge of the biggest french national park the Ecrins, and not far from Queyras Natural Regional Park and Vanoise National Park this is an ideal place to discover all the refugees, mountain lakes and glaciers of the South Alps.

Rafting & Kayaking

Explore the best white waters of France, on the Guisane, Gyr or Guil river. Step into a kayak or a raft and see where it takes you. It will be one of life’s most memorable experiences.

Via Ferratas

Protected climbing routes also known as via ferratas are a great way to explore the mountains with less technical skills needed than for rock climbing. There are 27 via ferratas in the area, from beginner ones to the paths that will make you push your limits.

Trail running

Several races are organized every year around Briançon (http://www.trailenbrianconnais.com/) and many trails are available. The dry weather and 300+ days of sun per year offer perfect conditions for this activity.

Canyoning

Canyoning is a great way to explore some of the French Alps’ most inaccessible yet beautiful landscapes. A canyon with its gushing waterfalls, natural swimming pools and boulders for clambering over is like a huge natural water park.

Paragliding

Have you ever imagined flying free in the air like a bird – who hasn’t! Paragliding is the closest you can get to this amazing, fantasized and very unique feeling. The southern French Alps is a great destination for learning to paraglide thanks to its reliable weather conditions and predictable thermals.
  • Hiking

    Located at the edge of the biggest french national park the Ecrins, and not far from Queyras Natural Regional Park and Vanoise National Park this is an ideal place to discover all the refugees, mountain lakes and glaciers of the South Alps.
  • Biking

    Mountain biking, Downhill biking, Road biking – Test the big mountain, singletrack paradise that is home to the best riding in the world or cycle the most famous and challenging etapes of Tour de France
  • Climbing

    Briançon is surrounded by more than 80 actual climbing sites, many with more than one sector, on 6 different rock types, grades ranging from 3c to 9 and a mix of single and multi-pitch with 300 days of sun per year and you get one of the world’s best climbing spots.
  • Rafting & Kayaking

    Explore the best white waters of France, on the Guisane, Gyr or Guil river. Step into a kayak or a raft and see where it takes you. It will be one of life’s most memorable experiences.
  • Via Ferratas

    Protected climbing routes also known as via ferratas are a great way to explore the mountains with less technical skills needed than for rock climbing. There are 27 via ferratas in the area, from beginner ones to the paths that will make you push your limits.
  • Trail running

    Several races are organized every year around Briançon and many trails are available. The dry weather and 300+ days of sun per year offer perfect conditions for this activity.
  • Canyoning

    Canyoning is a great way to explore some of the French Alps’ most inaccessible yet beautiful landscapes. A canyon with its gushing waterfalls, natural swimming pools and boulders for clambering over is like a huge natural water park.
  • Paragliding

    Have you ever imagined flying free in the air like a bird – who hasn’t! Paragliding is the closest you can get to this amazing, fantasized and very unique feeling. The southern French Alps is a great destination for learning to paraglide thanks to its reliable weather conditions and predictable thermals.

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