Between the departments of Alpes de Haute-Provence and Alpes du Nord,
in the centre of the Hautes Alpes department, the "Gap Area - Durance
Valley" is an immense verdant agricultural basin, irrigated by the Gap
canal and Durance canal.
History enthusiasts can take the "Route Napoléon", following in the footsteps
of the Emperor, while gourmets can take the fruit and wine trail. Although
this valley does have some interesting architectural heritage, such as
the medieval castle of Tallard, for
example, which is still in good condition and can be visited, above all
it is the beauties of nature and Man's efforts to control nature that
attract visitors' attention: from the wall of the Dam at Serre-Ponçon
lake , a technical achievement 125 metres high, to the viewing point
at Col Bayard (1248 m), with an uninterrupted view of the town of Gap,
or at Lardier-et-Valença, the panoramic view from Saint-Pierre church
(826 m), which takes in the broad Durance valley, as well as natural curiosities
such as the "dining room of the hatted ladies " at Théus.
Finally, the brave cross-country skiers amongst you will find everything
you need to perfect your skating technique, whether its at Col des Guérins
(30 km of runs) or on the Bayard plateau (40 km).