About the Southern French Alps

The Southern French Alps is the area that covers the southern most end of the Alps mountain chain in France. It starts just south of Grenoble and goes all the way to Nice. It has a very different in character than the Northern Alps with almost twice as much sun and a much more varied topography with a Provencal and Mediterranean influence. 

For our activity base, we have focused on a small section of The Southern French Alps in and around the city of Gap on the edge of the Ecrins National Park. We chose this area as it offers a great variety of activities thanks to its unique topography and great weather. 

There is everything from 4000m mountains with glaciers to beautiful beaches by the Serre Poncon lake all within an hour of each other. This makes it great for summer activities like canyoning, via ferrata, rock climbing, mountaineering and more.

In the winter the snowy high altitude of the ski resorts and Alpine villages offer a great variety of winter sports and as it is less well known it tends to be quieter and cheaper than the Northern Alps. Snowshoeing, ski touring and ice climbing are very popular activities in the winter.

Thanks to the large nature reserves and rugged terrain the Southern French Alps is also a haven for wildlife and birds with the largest population of wolves in France.

Winter Activities to do in the Southern French Alps... Coming Soon...

Map of the Southern French Alps

The highlighted shape is where the majority of our activities are but some of our activity providers do travel outside of this for specific activities so please do ask if you want to do something that is outside of our main activity base. You can see the main transport icons for getting here too with the closest airports being Marseille and Grenoble and the most central train station being Gap.

Most Popular Activities in the Southern French Alps

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