The Corobin Mountain Pass

Starting from Digne les Bains, this 23 km road route on the Imperial Road – la Route Imperiale – allows drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists to discover the breathtaking landscapes such as Barre des Dourbes or Terres Noires.

From Digne les Bains, take the direction of the thermal baths and then the D20.

Estimated duration up to the mountain pass: 32 minutes by car and motorcycle / 1h40 by bicycle.

You can do a loop going down to Norante and back to Digne les Bains (45 km / 1h by motorcycle and car / 3h20 by bike).

The Corobin pass, at 1230 m of altitude, is a passage between Vallée de l’Asse and Vallée de la Bléone. Legendary for motor sports, it is one of the classical Monte Carlo Rally stages. The road rises very quickly and winds its way through a series of rough switchbacks. It goes through vast black pine forests and offers spectacular views of the French Prealps.

On the morning of March 4, 1815, Napoleon stopped at la Clappe, a small municipality of 300 inhabitants close to the pass. He went into the inn, sat down at the table and ate an omelet and a bottle of wine. Surprised by the high price of the meal, the emperor asked the innkeeper:

« Are eggs that rare in the area?  ». « Not the eggs, but the emperors » answered the innkeeper.

A few kilometres away from Digne les Bains you can go to the pretty village of Entrages, starting point for the Cousson hike. (slight detour via the D120).