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What is a coliving?

Coliving is about merging work and life spaces with like-minded individuals. Our coliving space caters to those who cherish freedom and independence, yet appreciate having an active community within reach. Surrounded by peers who share your values but bring diverse life experiences, you’ll find ample opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

How is Briançon like?

We chose Briançon for its blend of mountain living and small-town conveniences, far from the usual tourist-heavy villages that are dead off-season. Here, you can enjoy a bowl of ramen at L’atelier du Cachalot, sip a creamy matcha latte at Gogo Café, or treat yourself to ice cream from Maestro Gelataio. Shop for gourmet items at our favorite organic store, Biocoop l’Epine Vinette, or work remotely from Bloc 027 climbing gym, relax with a swim and sauna at Centre aquatique, train at Crossfit Onyx 1326, play badminton at Alp’Squash, catch a unique film at Eden Studio or a blockbuster in English at Cinéma Cosmo. Get creative with the 3D printer at Cimelab, enjoy live music and dance at Théatre du Brianconnais, gamble at Circus Casino, or relive the ’90s at our local Bowling.

Where is Briancon and how to get there?

Briançon is nestled in the southeast of France, deep in the Alps and just 20 km from the Italian border. Reach us easily via the nearest airports in Turin, Lyon, or Marseille, followed by a bus or train connection. During the winter season, there are also direct shuttle services from Turin or Lyon airports. Alternatively, you can take a night train from Paris for a unique travel experience. Let us know your starting point, and we’ll guide you to the best route to get here. Find out more here

Where is da haus and how do I get there?

The address of the house is ‘3 rue Louis Faure, 05100 Briançon, France’. Look for the large pink building at the base of the old fortified town. If you’re arriving by bus from Italy, exit at the ‘CHAMP DE MARS’ stop—the first stop in Briançon. From there, it’s just a 5-minute walk downhill through the old town. Arriving by bus from Grenoble or by train? Continue to the final stop at the train station. Then, take city bus line 1 or 3 from ‘GARE SNCF’ to ‘PORTE D’EMBRUN’. From Porte d’Embrun, it’s a quick 3-minute walk to the house. For more details, visit the city bus website.

What is included in the stay?

Accommodation in either private or shared rooms, coworking, and fully equipped kitchen with everything you might need. AND towels and bedsheets, no joke, we provided them! But just bring one for outside, we don’t provide outside towels, only inside towels :D. Find out more here

What types of rooms do you have?
  • 2 Private Room Double Bed (Ensuite Bath.)
  • 3 Private Room Double Bed (Shared Bath.)
  • 2 Private Room Single Bed (Shared Bath.)
  • 1 Japanese-Inspired Quad Dorm (Shared Bath.)

Check out The House page for more details.

How fast is your internet?

Our main link is fiber (~500 Mbps), but in order to ensure uninterrupted service, we also have Starlink and 4G back-ups. The house is properly covered with Ubiquity access points, so that you can stay connected wherever you are seamlessly.

Do I need a car for Briancon?

Everything you’ll need to survive is at walking distance (check the map of our favorite spots). However, if you own a car and can easily bring it with you, do it! The mountains are vast and there are many beautiful locations that are only reachable by car. You can use shuttles and bus services to go here and there (see here), but it will require you to be way more organized as they only run couple times per day (especially in summer). Alternatively, you can also rent an electric bike or rent a car once you are here!

What is public transport like?

Briançon has its own network called Altigo. A few lines will bring you wherever you need around the town. The closest stop to the house is “Porte d’Embrun” (2 min walk). You will be able to use this network for FREE (as we are paying occupancy tax for you). If you want to travel a bit further, another company called Resalp deserves the valleys around. The closest stops to the house are “Champ de Mars” and “Lycée d’altitude” (both 5 min walk). With this same company, you can go until Grenoble, or Oulx in Italy. Last but not least, Linkbus can make your life easier as it connects Briançon to Lyon and Turin airport.

What outdoor activities can I do around Briancon?

If you visit in winter, after enjoying the 250 km of slopes at Serre Chevalier, you can check out nearby resorts or venture into snowshoeing or ski touring to explore the less trodden paths of the Ecrins and Queyras national parks. For relaxation, consider a day at the thermal baths, easily accessible right from the slopes. For the thrill-seekers, La Grave’s off-piste ski resort is just a 45-minute drive away, and Lautaret’s pass, a top European snowkite spot, is 30 minutes by car. Summer offers even more variety: rock climbing, via ferratas, alpinism, all forms of biking, kayaking, rafting, canyoning, hiking, trail running, paragliding, and wild camping. Whatever the season, we’re at the heart of all the action!! See The Area page

Do I need to be in extreme sports to come?

Nope. We are primarily a community of remote workers who also enjoy mountain activities, though 90% of our guests are beginners or at an intermediate level. We usually organize weekly excursions that everyone can join without any special skills needed. For those interested in more specific activities or adventures, groups often form to either hire a guide or autonomously plan their trips. This way, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the mountains at their own pace.

What is the best time to come?

Cloud Citadel delights year-round, closing only in November and December. Each season offers its unique charm. Winter (January – April): Embrace the magic of winter with skiing, snowshoeing, and watching snowflakes drift down. Unwind in thermal baths, cozy up with a hot chocolate under a warm blanket, and enjoy daily fires in our coworking space. Spring (May – June): As nature reawakens, it’s perfect for climbing, hiking, and biking. Experience the mountain’s full force with overflowing water, snow-capped peaks, and lush greenery. The air is crystal clear, offering breathtaking views. Summer (July – September): The most social season, with the old town buzzing with restaurants, bars, live music, and festivals. Enjoy barbecues, lake swims, wild camping, berry picking, and star-gazing. Venture out for hiking in alpine meadows, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canyoning, and cycling to high passes. Autumn (October – November): A spectacular display of colors awaits as south slopes are adorned with larch trees and conifers that shed their needles. Watch the mountains turn a palette of yellow, orange, and red, and explore the woods during mushroom season. Each season at Cloud Citadel offers a unique way to experience and appreciate the breathtaking Alps.

What is the weather like usually?

The weather here changes with the seasons, yet we enjoy over 300 sunny days a year. This means that even in winter, you’ll be greeted by blue skies—perfect for outdoor activities. Despite the sunshine, we also experience substantial rainfall annually and significant snowfall in the winter. This unique microclimate makes our location an exceptional destination for visitors year-round.

What do I do about food?

Our coliving space boasts a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need. Just steps away, you’ll find a convenient small supermarket, with larger and organic options available in the lower part of town. Be sure to explore the bi-weekly farmers’ market, a feast of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, fish, and pastries from both French and Italian vendors. Craving mountain cuisine like fondue, raclette, or tartiflette? A variety of quaint restaurants serving these delights is just a street away. Craving a creamy latte, ramen, sushi, or other trendy treats? Check out our top three hip eateries downtown!

I do not speak French, is this a place for me?

The official language of Cloud Citadel is English. This is a touristy town that is slowly becoming more visible to international tourists so English is making its way here. Do not trust the stereotype of French not liking English language and be surprised when you buy your eggs on the market. If you are interested in some French lessons while here, let us know and we can organize it for you. Also, there is a growing international group of people who came here for the unique opportunity of living in the mountains.

What sort of community events do you have?

Every Monday evening, we come together to plan the week ahead, tailoring activities to what our colivers are eager to explore. Our schedule is packed with variety: enjoy a family dinner every Saturday, unwind with a movie or documentary night on Sunday, and engage in a mix of short indoor and outdoor activities during the weekdays. The weekends are reserved for longer excursions. Here, the only limit is your imagination—everything is possible! See The Community page

Do you offer any sort of guided activities?

We don’t lead activities ourselves, but we connect you with English-speaking guides who specialize in a range of group adventures, including ski touring, climbing, canyoning, etc. Sometimes, experienced colivers lead less gear-intensive activities such as hiking or via ferratas.

Can I come with my dog?

Although we love them, unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in our coliving space. We need to ensure the comfort of all guests, some of whom may have allergies or prefer not to share their space with pets. Additionally, the setup of our house does not provide the ideal environment for a dog.