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Gap

Population: 38,600. Elevation: 733 m

Department of Hautes Alpes


At the intersection of N75 (155 km from Aix en Provence) and N85 (103 km from Grenoble) and 87 km from Briançon by route N94.


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Gap - City map
Between Provence and Dauphiné, Gap is on the Route Napoléon linking Grenoble to the Mediterranean. In the middle of an extraordinary natural environment of mountain landscapes and nature parks, Gap benefits from a temperate Mediterranean climate due to its altitude of 750 m.

In the winter you'll be able to enjoy the numerous ski resorts in the surrounding area and in the summer you'll be able to discover the sundial road, botany at the Domaine de Charance (3,000 species of wild plants over 200 hectares of mountain pastures, rocks and forests).  

There are roughly a hundred peaks over 3,000 m, and almost as many waterfalls and mountain streams. The most unusual feature of the landscape is known as Les Demoiselles Coiffées (the hatted young ladies): in the middle of nowhere, an astonishing series of stone columns with a hat-shaped rock formation on the top of each !

 
In the middle of Gap, as you wander around the renovated town centre, you'll discover the history of what was once a fortified town, in the Middle Ages. In the vast pedestrian area, after strolling along the shopping streets, you'll come across the mayor's office and the 19th century cathedral. The town museum invites you to take a journey in time. You'll see the town of Autan as it was in 1550, as well as many of the cultural treasures of the Hautes Alpes department.






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Museums, walks :

The departmental Museum. The Park of La Pépinière. Puymaure hill (panoramic view of Gap).
Domaine de Charance.
Ecrins National Park.
Excursions by horse-drawn carriage
(town and Plateau Bayard).
Geological excursions.

Leisure activities :

Bicycle touring. Horse riding
Hiking : waymarked routes. Fitness trail.
Bathing : Pellautier lake 12 km, Serre Ponçon lake 30 km. White water sports. Canyoning. Fishing. Squash. tennis.
18-hole golf course. Swimming pool. Climbing.
Pot-holing. Bunjee jumping.
Aerial sports : parachute, paragliding, gliding, microlight.
Winter sports : Cross-country skiing.
Downhill skiing and all types of winter sports

Accommodation :

Hotels
Campsites.
Holiday rentals - Bed & breakfast.

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