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Gap town guide

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Visitors to Gap will find that it is one of those mountain towns which has a different personality summer and winter. It is probably better known by winter sports enthusiasts as a gateway to the major Alpine Resorts being within easy reach of the slopes in France, Italy and Switzerland. In winter, the place buzzes with full hotels and chalets providing the apres ski experience.

In the summer, the pastel shades of the old buildings contrast with the colours of the mountain scenery that surrounds the town. Without the snow to attract visitors the local tourist trade make great efforts to attract summer visitors, they put on various events throughout the summer and provide the facilities for all kinds of outdoor activities in the mountains. The use of mountain guides makes it possible for even the inexperienced walkers and cyclists to get high into the mountains and enjoy the views.

In this area the gourmet specialities are mainly of the sweet variety, there is plenty of honey from the bees which feed on the local fields of lavender and this provides the raw materials. There is a good museum which covers all areas of local life and contains some lovely examples of Faiences pottery.

Visitors with a hire car will find Gap an excellent base for touring the French Alps.

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