Gap, located in the Hautes-Alpes department, is a tourist destination particularly appreciated for its cultural and natural heritage. Nicknamed the sweet capital of the Southern French Alps, the city has played a key role and was an important interchange hub, linking Marseille to Grenoble.
Make the most of your holidays in Gap to discover, alone or with a guide, the tourist attractions and historical monuments such as the cathedral, the Chapel of the Penitents or the town hall. Culture holds a special place in Gap. Musée Muséum Départemental, a public museum in Gap, allows you to discover the archeological remains, paintings from the 14th to the 20th century and earthenware of yesteryear. To learn more about the local history, the “écomusée de l’artisanat,” the Ecomuseum of Gap, recounts the economic and human agricultural history of the department from 1790 to 1950. You can also discover the workshops of the peasant, the clog maker, the blacksmith…
Gap is above all a destination renowned for its natural territory. If you are a nature lover, head for Domaine de Charance. The park is ideal for both families and sports enthusiasts. The domain enjoys an exceptional panorama with a remarkable garden, a rose garden, hiking trails, trail runs, and more. You can also go to Plateau Bayard to try your hand at cross-country skiing in winter and golf in summer.
Make the most of your holidays and taste some of the local products. Visit the town on market days to treat yourself to the region’s delicacies such as tourtons for example. Gap is also famous for the production of apples and pears.
Gap hosts many events throughout the year such as the Monte Carlo Rally, the Carnival of the Alps or the Tour de France.
Musée muséum départemental
Musée Muséum Départemental unveils an exhibition on art and history on nearly 2,600 m². Various rooms make up the museum and are associated with exceptional works and collections: archeological remains, paintings, earthenware, ornithological space, ethnography room and temporary art exhibitions. There is also an educational workshop, a store, a conference room and a library space. Certified as a Musée de France, Musée Muséum Départemental mixes the periods, the creations, the heritage of Gap and elsewhere…
Ecomuseum of Gap
Revealing the economic history of Hautes-Alpes between 1790 and 1950, the Ecomuseum of Gap offers collections divided into several themes. You can thus discover the workshop of the peasant, the clog maker, the blacksmith, the wheelwright and the mechanical energies. Yves Brochier decided to open the ecomuseum to share his collections and his passion. The visits are educational and fun. He invites visitors to discover the trades of yesteryear, technical developments and the tools used.
Gap Cathedral was built in Place Saint-Arnoux, in the center of the town, in the 5th century, on the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to Apollo. Over time, the monument was destroyed and then rebuilt to become what it is today. Listed as a historical monument, the cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. The Romanesque and Gothic styles of the building blend together, enhanced by colored stones from various quarries.
Domaine De Charance
Domaine de Charance is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters. It overlooks the Gapençais Basin and the Durance Valley. The domain is a privileged natural site which welcomes families for a playful stroll. You can also enjoy a breathtaking view of Gap. Botany lovers will appreciate the visit of the gardens located in front of the castle of Charance. Classified as Remarkable Gardens of France, they are organized into four terraces. In summer, go to the rose garden to admire the different varieties of old roses in bloom. The most athletic can walk along the trail runs.
Plateau Bayard is a vast area of 250 hectares located at an altitude of 1,250 meters. The site is the junction between Champsaur and the Gapençais and it is made up of meadows, swampy areas, pine forests… Throughout the year, you can practice various outdoor activities. In winter, you can take advantage of the 50 kilometers of tracks to try cross-country skiing, but also snowshoeing and sledging. In summer, try your hand at golf on the exceptional 18-hole course. There are also many hiking trails for those who love to hike or mountain bike.
- Tourist Office of Gap: https://www.gap-tallard-vallees.fr/
- Road service: RN85 or RN75 national road (from northern France), RN94 national road (from Italy), A51 Highway (from the Mediterranean coast), D994 or D993 secondary road (from the Southwest and the Rhône Valley)
- Air access: Marseille Provence Airport (1 hour and 50 minutes), Grenoble-Isère Airport (2 hours)
- Railroad access: train station