Domaine de Charance

THE GARDEN IN TERRACES

 

Located in front of the castle of Charance, the garden - classified Garden Remarkable - consists of 4 terraces. Their basic structure dates back to the 16th century. At this time when the estate is home to the bishopric of Gap, the garden had a vocation more utilitarian (orchard and kitchen garden) than ornamental. The town of Gap acquired the estate in 1973 and launched a landscaping competition in 1993 to restore the garden. Wild plants and cultivated plants rub shoulders on all four terraces to reflect the rich biodiversity of the Hautes-Alpes. Opening: every day from April to the end of October with free access. In July and August come and relax on the sun loungers at your disposal.

 

THE COLLECTION OF ANCIENT ROSES

 

A unique collection of 600 varieties of old roses. The generosity of their bloom and their intoxicating scents will remind you of the rose gardens of yesteryear.

 

Opening: from mid-June to mid-July, every day with free access.

 

 

 

ARBORETUM

 

Walk around the lake with 15 panels describing the trees of the estate. TRAIL SPACE

 

Discover the courses of the biggest Trail race of the Southern Alps - the Gap'en Cîmes (6 courses, 2500 participants)! For the most athletic, head for the Pic de Charance, discover the village of Rabou, walk along the peaks of the Pic de Bure and climb the majestic Pic de Gleize.

 

Practical information - summer period: A FREE Linéa bus line (n° 73) takes you from the city center to the Domaine de Charance. An Information Point is open on the parking Charance: Monday to Friday from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h, WE and public holidays from 14h to 18h. Snack.

Toutourisme: Dogs on a leash. Numerous streams and water points all over the area. Accessible walks and hikes, varying difficulties.