The Barles Water Gaps

A gap is a geological formation that is a low point or opening between hills or mountains, or in a ridge or mountain range.

The road along which it is situated is a scenic one. Here is a suggested route with several interesting stops before and after the site.

From the town centre of Digne-les-Bains, take the road that passes in front of the bus station and travel in the direction of the village Barles (D900A).

After leaving Digne, make a stop at the Ammonite Slab.

Continue on this road for around 10 km for the second stop: the site of the Robine Ichthyosaurus. It is a 2h hike to discover this unique marine reptile that is millions of years old.

If the weather is really warm, feel free to take a dip in the Bès River to cool off. If not, continue on your way and admire the stunning landscape as you reach the Clues de Barles.

Keep your eyes open! On the surrounding rocky ridges at 1887 m, you might see a diverse range of fauna such as mouflons, ibexes, chamois, eagles and other birds of prey. A pair of binoculars is strongly recommended. Do not forget to keep an eye on the road as the bends are very sharp.

6.9 km after Barles, take the fork in the direction of Auzet (D7). 500 m away lies the Saut de La Pie waterfall, another stop not to be missed.

Pass through the village of Auzet (the village is known for its breads), its bar-restaurant and its many fountains… We also recommend a stop at the Béridon Farm if you would like to see reindeer and bison among the other animals reared there.

Next, go in the direction of Seyne-les-Alpes. Travel through the village centre, continue until Selonnet then in the direction of La Bréole (D 900). Little by little, the Serre-Ponçon Lake will gradually reveal itself. We highly recommend a stop to admire this spectacular expanse of water. Relaxation guaranteed!

Go in the direction of Le Lauzet / Barcelonnette (D900B) when you arrive at the intersection between the D900and the D900B. Follow the signs towards Digne-les-Bains. Continue on the D900 via Col Saint-Jean. Return to Seyne-les-Alpes and this time, make a stop to visit its citadel, a well-known monument of military architecture.

Take the D900 towards Digne-les-Bains via the Col des Maures, then the Col du Labouret. Return to Digne via La Javie and Le Brusquet.

Estimated duration for this route: 2h by car or motorbike, 6h by bicycle.