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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

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 ...

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.5596380 (N 44° 33’ 35”)
Longitude6.0797580 (E 6° 4’ 47”)
AltitudeFrom 625m to 2360m
Surface area110.43 km²
Population42641 inhabitants
Density386 inhabitants/km²
Insee code05061
IntercommunalityCA du Gapençais

Nearest cities & towns

Rambaud6.1 km (12 min)
La Bâtie-Vieille8.2 km (12 min)
Neffes9.1 km (15 min)
Jarjayes9.8 km (15 min)
La Rochette9.9 km (17 min)
La Bâtie-Neuve10.2 km (12 min)
Châteauvieux11.2 km (21 min)
La Freissinouse11.4 km (17 min)
Laye11.7 km (15 min)
Pelleautier12.4 km (16 min)
Manteyer13.2 km (19 min)
La Roche-des-Arnauds14.3 km (16 min)
Lettret14.3 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride or trek in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 68 € La Roche-des-Arnauds (9.6 km)
Canyoning in the Ubaye Valley
Sports sensations42 € Saint-Vincent-les-Forts (25 km)
Tubing on Lake Serre-Ponçon
Sports sensations17 € Savines-le-Lac (26 km)
Canyoning or via ferrata in the Buëch Valley
Sports sensations30 € La Faurie (26 km)
Tour of an artisan liqueur and aperitif distillery
Local flavours1 € Corps (31 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Notre-Dame du Laus
HikeIntermediate5h00La Bâtie-Vieille (6.6 km)
La Bâtie-Vieille - Rambaud
HikeEasy3h00La Bâtie-Vieille (6.6 km)
The white bridge trail
HikeEasy3h00Saint-Laurent-du-Cros (9.6 km)
Tour of Moissière
HikeEasy2h30Ancelle (12 km)
The Arche and the Aiguille
HikeAthletic3h00Ancelle (12.2 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals