Tourist Roads

Hilltop villages circuit

When you arrive in the area, stop at one of the seven information points (RIS ” Relais Informations Services “) which present the “hilltop villages circuit “. By car, by motorcycle or even by bicycle…



Follow the circuit to discover 14 villages and climb up to visit 11 of them by following the markings along the roads.

Enjoy the surrounding landscape thanks to the 8 viewpoint indicators giving information on the amazing 180° to 360 ° panorama:

  • Châteauvieux : On the hill abovef the village, close to Serre-Pierrot (last part accessible on foot)
  • Fouillouse : In the town hall square
  • Jarjayes : close to the remains of the church 3 Châteaux(accessible on foot from the village)
  • Lardier &Valença : Along the D19 connecting the village to the Col de Foureyssasse
  • Pelleautier : Above the lake, follow the D19, then alongthe D319
  • Sigoyer : In front of the chapel of the hamlet Saint-Laurent
  • Tallard : On the road of the aerodrome (Chemin de l’Aérodrome) and on the esplanade of the castle

Enter the heart of our region by reading the information signs

  • On Tallard : at the 4 ancient doors of the medieval centre
  • On Jarjayes : on entering the village
  • On Sigoyer : near the wash house in the village
  • On Pelleautier : near the town hall

Stop for a while to discover our recently built or renovated fountains and wash houses

  • In Neffes
  • In Sigoyer
  • In Pelleautier

The aerodrome of Gap – Tallard

The most important European airfield for aerial sports
since its creation , in around 1937, the aerodrome of Tallard has constantly been developing its activities, now counting about 60 000 flights per year and 80 000 skydives. The airfield is recognised as the most important European airfield for aerial sports thanks to its exceptional aerology allowing all light aerial sports to go alongside
aeroplane, helicopter, skydiving, microlight, glider, hot-air balloon, paraglider , paramotor…

The setting of the air field offers visitors a place to relax and to enjoy aerial sports.

Aerial sports are widely developed in the Alpes du Sud
.
Find all information on: www.alpes-envol.fr

The world-renowned aerodrome welcomes many visitors 
 but also media events such as:

* 1995 : World formation skydiving Championship

* 1998 : Mondial de l’Air
(Light and leisure aviation show)

* 1999 : Mondial de l’Air

* 2001 : French cup skydiving

* 2003 : 1st World Parachuting Championship: 37 nations competing in different sports: 
 formation skydiving, canopy contact, precision landing, sky surf, free-fly…
and regularly small championships, competitions, skydiving festivals…

* 2011 : World’s oldest hot air balloon race: “The Gordon Benett” gathers teams from all over the world for one challenge: 
 travelling the longest distance by balloon! 
No itinerary, over several days , no stopping and across borders 
 A real Jules Vernes adventure !

* 2012 : International Junior Aventure : Adventure and sports racing for children and teenagers with teams from different countries. 
 Trials took place in Tallard – Barcillonnette area, with a festive day “Air & Patrimoine” organised at the aerodrome.

The mountain of Céüze

“Céüze”: an absolute must-see… Mythical climbing spot for climbers all over the world!

While fallen rocks and gullies were the only features of the landscape in 1890, a very nice artificial state forest covering 1900 hectares now offers a wonderful green landscape. A majestic wall, world-renowned among climbers, stands in a semicircle around the forest providing a view of, on the other hillside, a vast grassy plateau.

It is one of the most beautiful climbing walls in France since it also offers some of the hardest routes in the world: Biography
At the foot of the mountain range the lake of Pelleautier/La Freissinouse is a pleasant place to walk.
Professional climbers come from all over the world to climb the majestic face of Céüse. 


The Via Ferrata of Céuse

You’re not “professional” climbers? Enjoy this Via Ferrata to climb the mythical face of Céüse.

Access ladder at the plateau of Céüse – Height of the route: 40 m – No going down the route (ascent only)

Start: camper van car park aux Guérins (first car park on the way up) ; Approach: 1 ¼ hours ;

Follow the blue arrows and the blue dots on the ground

Descent from the plateau of Céüse, about 1 ¾ hours walk

Climbers climb at their own risk.

* Don’t climb if you don’t have any mountain experience.
* All people climbing this via ferrata must wear compulsory safetyequipment
(helmet, harness and approved via ferrata lanyards).
* Only you can judge whether you can climb unaccompanied.

SAFETYINSTRUCTIONS:

  • Only climb when the weather is good
  • Climbing roped up is highly recommended
  • Always be connected to steel cables
  • Keep a safety distance between climbers in steep sections
  • Only one person between anchorage points
  • Never quit the itinerary
  • Beginners are advised to climb accompanied by a professional

Zone Natura 2000

A well deserved tribute to the richness 
 of the flora and fauna of the Durance

Thanks to its identity, its landscapes and its biodiversity this remarkable territory, which for a long time was dedicated to farming, is now the mission of naturalist and socio-economic activities studies. This research is to allow the development and planning of the territory as well as the protection of nature and of the quality of our environment.

What is at stake ?

-To reconcile development and the protection of the environment
-To protect and to value our natural and historical legacy

The aim of the Natura 2000 network is to put the natural world at the heart of all our considerations, in all projects; to promote biodiversity, taking account of economic, social, cultural and regional requirements.

The environmental richness and diversity of the PACA region are amazing; The Hautes – Alpes and the Durance occupy a prime location: this is a diverse region between mountain, Mediterranean and temperate environments.
 It is a route towards the south for northern wildlife species and towards the north for southern wildlife species.

In the region of the Durance, many bird species find the rich and varied environment necessary for their reproduction, overwintering and migration. More than 260 species visit the valley, and 130 of them reproduce here: grey heron, ducks, black kite, Eurasian hobby, Common Kingfisher, European bee-eater…

It is also possible to see endemic plant species that are impossible to find anywhere else. For example the “Benoite” flower present on the Piémont of Céüse.

Of course wild fauna also thrives on the mild temperatures, the sunshine and beauty of these landscapes…


Two sites were put forward to be part of the Natura 2000 network;

Oneunder theHabitats Directive:« SACs » Special Areas of Conservation for habitats.(A habitat is a natural area gathering all physical and biological conditions necessary for the development of one or many species)
The Habitats Directive invites us to think about projects which are shared by men and nature.

The otheris underthe Birds Directive: « SPAs »Special Protection Areas for birds.
These areas are designated for management and protection activities as well as projects to promote activities that are favourable to the maintenance or the improvement of biodiversity.

The wetland of les Piles, a recommended outing

The wetland of les Piles, situated in La Saulce (05), easy to access by car and by bus, is an area managed by the LPO PACA. Various habitats make up this area:alluvial forest, reed beds, ponds, meadows…


All you have to do is to follow the dragonflies and the information signs.

All along the path you will find information signs with explanationsqui about the habitats and species of the site.
Test your knowledge with thegames offered along this walk.

At the beginning of spring you will be able to watch the awakening fauna and flora after a long winter.
This site offers some wide biodiversity with 22 recorded species of Odonata but also amphibians, mammals and birds.

It is a great opportunity to go out with the family for a few hours, where everyone can learn something.