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21 times stage town — 41,000 inhabitants (Gapençais) The capital of the Hautes-Alpes is located on the Napoleonic route that goes from Golfe-Juan to Grenoble.
A commemorative plaque on the rue de France marks the place that in 1815 the Emperor stopped on his return from the Island of Elba.
In the previous century, in 1692, the town has been set alight and destroyed by the Duke of Savoy’s troops.
Today, with more than 50% of the Department’s turnover, 2,000 businesses and 20,000 jobs concentrated for the most part in the tertiary sector, Gap has a bustling centre and is the business capital of the Alpes de Sud.
Close to the city centre, the Domaine de Charance has been classified as a ‘remarkable garden’ and you can admire a collection of roughly 1,000 varieties of rose and many hundreds of fruit trees. It is also home to the National Alpine Botanical Conservatory and in the Spring hosts the International Blacksmiths Competition.
Throughout the summer many cultural events will punctuate the life of the city, such as Estivad, new music festival, the International Folklore Festival and Gap en Fa Mi Sol.
27 times stage town – 1,400 inhabitants (Huizats) A winter and summer sports resort, Alpe d’Huez, nicknamed the Sunshine Island, is situated at the heart of the Grandes Rousses massif.
At 1,860 m high, south facing, it is blessed with plenty of sunshine, an average of 300 days of sun each year.
From the highest point in the resort, the Belvédère du Pic Blanc which reaches 3,300 m high, there is a superb view of 1/5th of French territory looking over the Écrins National Park, Mont Blanc, Mont Ventoux, the Massif Central as well as over Switzerland and Italy.
In the winter, with its 250 kms of pistes, the Grand Domaine of Alpe d’Huez can claim to be one of the best skiable areas in Europe.
Recognised for its uneven slopes it is a joy to ski for expert skiers as well as beginners.
During the summer, it is mountain biking that takes up the baton in the Grand Domaine of Alpe d’Huez.
There are 250kms of bike routes that link Alpe d’Huez with seven other resorts and villages in the Massif : Allemont, Auris-en-Oisans,Bourg-d’Oisans, le Freney d’Oisans,Oz-en-Oisans,Vaujany et Villard-Reculas.