Nature and fishing
The Hautes-Alpes enclose natural treasures and through the diversity and wilderness constitute a unique field of play that includes natural parks, Natura 2000 zones, high mountains, apple and pear orchards, fields of lavender, great passes, impetuous rivers, waterfalls and lakes.
Prestigious flowers such as blue thistles, rhododendrons, gentians, edelweiss and orange lilies can be spotted along the footpaths whereas marmots, ibex, mouflons and chamois roam the rock faces and pastures. For more curious visitors, a stop at the Jardin Botanique Alpin du Lautaret (Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden) is a must. Among the most beautiful in Europe, 4500 m² of rockery are home to 2000 plant species. The Conservatoire Botanique National Alpin de Charance in Gap (National Alpine Botanical Conservatory) is also a must.
The Hautes-Alpes are also greatly appreciated by fishers: streams, rivers, altitude lakes and even Serre-Ponçon provide good catches for anglers or fly-fishers.