Domaine de Charance

Le Domaine de Charance : Mountain, park and garden

The headquarters of the Conservatoire Botanique and the Parc National des Ecrins, the estate is located 4 km from the town centre of Gap. 
This exceptional natural site welcomes walkers, sportsmen and families.
In Charance, you will find all the desires of nature.


Leaning against the Charance mountain which protects it from the winds, the Domaine de Charance is a sunny balcony located at an altitude of 1000 metres.
Dominating the Gapençais basin and the Val de Durance, it is a unique place in the Southern Alps to discover and admire Nature.
The Town of Gap owns and manages Domaine de Charance.

Go in the morning to attack the peak of Charance which dominates Gap from the top of its 1852 m.
Take the "squirrel's trail": a fun family walk; a giant snail, a perched owl and other new features on the course, which, from surprise to discovery, will lead you to the perched balcony of Le Rochasson, one of the most beautiful views of Gap.
Then continue to reach the summit, you will be rewarded with an exceptional panorama, with an orientation table just above the Breche, a natural gateway to the crests, as an air balcony over the vast landscapes of Gapençais, Dévoluy and Champsaur.


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.



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.



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

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 Peak of Charance, discover the village of Rabou, walk along the peaks of the Peak of Bure and climb the majestic Peak of 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.


Stroll "La piste de l'écureuil" / free
Track game "Le Mystère des Ténèbres" / 15€ (pack on sale at the Information Office Gap and Tallard/ service Animations Charance)


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