From the Middle Ages, its strategic location between Provence and Dauphiné it has become an important trading center and a step on the road to Compostela connecting Turin to the Rhone Valley.
Located at 735 m altitude, near the Parc Naturel des Ecrins, the Country Gapençais offers an infinite range of sites, moods and activities.
Preserved in this universe where the sun shines 300 days a year, clean air, sport, recreation and culture will revel without restraint.
The high-alpine cuisine is based on the traditional mountain cuisine, made based on simple and natural elements. Among the specialties you will find the tarts with potatoes, meat or prunes, the "Donkey Ears" (gratin of fresh pasta with spinach and cheese country), ravioli (made from potato gratin baked with milk, cream, butter and cheese), volumes, blocks ...
The Historic Downtown:
The current configuration of the city center is about the general appearance of the medieval town.
While walking on foot you will discover the Hotel de Ville 18th century cathedral and 19th (historical monument) and the squares and streets closely related to life and local history.
The Departmental Museum Museum:
Departmental Museum The Museum is a cultural bridge for all. The works and objects collected and preserved continue to diversify: grass and stuffed animals, archeology and numismatics, cookies and stories of local history, ethnology alpine valleys and distant lands, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, digital installations .. .
Free, the museum opens at all.
The team multiplies the opportunities to come back and exhibitions, recreational activities, educational, scientific, cultural, introductory workshops, exchange of expertise, live shows ...
Domaine de Charance:
Domaine de Charance, leaning against the mountain that protects the winds, this vast area of 220 hectares situated at 1000 m altitude and a few kilometers from the city center is part of the heritage city of Gapençais since 1973.
The Municipal animation offers guided tours of the botanical collections of garden terraces classified "remarkable gardens" in 2005, the eco-museum of agricultural and gardening workshops, cosmetics, cuisine, introductory orientation, conferences , exhibitions and theme days.
The Conservatoire Botanique National Alpin mission to study and protect rare plants and endangered wildlife throughout the Alpine region. It also has a role in conservation of heritage plants and the role of public information.
The administrative headquarters of the Parc National des Ecrins is also the area of Charance within the castle, it has a role in reception and information to the public.
Wednesday and Saturday morning farmers' market. Friday afternoon: organic market.
April: Race walking Gapen'ville
May: Gap Fair Expo, Festival of amateur theater, Raid mountain bike paths from the sun, The Choc'Rando ATV.
The 1st Monday of May Fair Gap.
June: Day roses Charance, Music Festival, Festival of St John.
July / August: Festival "On the Crossroad of Artists".
July: International Folklore Festival, European University of Saxophones.
August: The alpigap, great cyclists.
The 2nd Monday of August: Fair Gap.
September: Criterium Bouliste, Feast of St Arnoux, European Heritage Days.
October: Trail Gapen'Cimes.
The 2nd Monday of November: Fair Gap.
December: Christmas Market.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Site Gap-Bayard: Located 7 miles north of Gap, at 1250 m altitude, the communal property of 220 ha has 50 km of cross country skiing. In 1989, a public golf 18 holes on 120 acres is made between forests and pastures as well as two health course.
Site Gap-Tallard: Platform internationally recognized, characterized by frequent weather favorable for all air sports airfield Gap-Tallard welcomes both training and competition in a large number of practitioners. This is the 1st Parachute Center in Europe.
The Mountain Céüze 20 km Gap offers numerous hiking trails, horseback riding and mountain biking. She is known for its cliff climbing equipped and accessible through the neck of Guerin (Sigoyer).
Chaudun, this site occupies a vast mountainous amphitheater on three common Gap, Rabou and La Roche-des Arnauds at an altitude ranged between 1000 to 2700 meters. Former village Chaudun is now owned by the Forestry Commission and has become "biological reserve" which have developed summers of trails from Col de Gleize of Rabou and Roche-des-Arnaud.
The Balcony of Gapençais, circuit open to hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, to discover the many treasures Gapençais Basin, its landscapes, heritage.
The proposed activities for children are very varied. In summer: swimming, fishing, water sports, ropes course, educational farms, climbing, air sports, mountain biking, hiking, pony rides ... In winter: skiing, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, walking, dog sledding or skiing joëring (pulled by a horse) ...