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Gap

gateway to an Alpine wonderland

Set at the foot of the Hautes-Alpes, at the crossroads of an array of mountain roads and hiking trails, Gap knows no limits. A proud ambassador of the Southern Alps, it is a haven for sports, nature and culture lovers alike.

100% Made in Gap

Local traditions in all simplicity

Begin your tour of Gap with a stroll around the town’s maze of little lanes leading to Place Jean-Marcellin and its rose and ochre facades, redolent with southern French atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, the air is laden with delicious scents as local producers pile their stalls high with ravioles, tourtons and tartes du Champsaur. Next, head to Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Arnoux and the Musée Départemental de Gap, retracing the history of the region since Prehistoric times. The museum also boasts a fine collection of ceramics and paintings.

 

Naturally rejuvenating

All the goodness of the mountains

You’ll definitely want to visit the magnificent, 543-acre Domaine de Charance, overlooking the valley. The domain’s remarkable garden and rose garden, planted with 600 varieties of heritage roses, are set on a ledge at an altitude of 1,000 metres. The views from the various terraces are simply breathtaking. Domaine de Charance is also the departure point for hikes to Pic de Charance. The “Piste de l’écureuil” squirrel walk is a must if you’re visiting with children. Perched at a height of 1,200 metres and located 10 km from the town centre, Plateau de Gap-Bayard is a favourite haunt for walkers and offers stunning views over the peaks of Haut-Champsaur and the Falaises de Ceüse cliffs.

Eminently challenging

An all-terrain destination!

After your walk, head to Plateau de Gap-Bayard for a relaxing round of golf on the 18-hole course. Alternatively, you can opt for a fitness trail or spot of cross-country skiing.

The reputed Gap-Tallard airfield is a one-stop shop for adrenaline feaks, with skydiving, paragliding and ultralight flights on the menu. A variety of trail races are held just next to Écrins National Park, including Gapen’cimes, suitable for beginners and confirmed runners alike, while the valleys around Gap attract many mountain bikers and freebikers. The town also offers an indoor skating rink where you can perfect your twists and turns before heading to the ski resorts of the Ecrins or Dévoluy. Last but not least, if you’re more of a spectator sports fan, check out the exciting Monte Carlo Rally, starring top-drivers such as local born Sébastien Ogier.

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