Find the Shoe that Fits
Explore art, history, and a fortified town
Forget your GPS for a moment, for hiking in the Southern Alps means you first have to choose which route to take. The Route du Temps [Time Route] connects Digne-les-Bains to Sisteron and promises a very beautiful panorama over Provence and the Alps. As you trace the footsteps of Roman soldiers on the Via Domitia, look at the impeccable geometry of the Vauban fortresses in Briançon and Mont-Dauphin.
On the Via Alta, nourish your spiritual side with a stop at the Abbaye de Boscodon, in Serre-Ponçon or at the foot of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-du-Réal, a gem of Roman architecture, in Embrun,. In the Alps, our small steps follow those of great figures like Napoleon – the Routewhich bears his name connects Grasse to Sisteron. Perched a few metres above the Durance, the town also sees pilgrims pass as they cross the Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle [Santiago de Compostela].