The Napoleon Road

The Napoleon Road follows the Emperor’s journey from the Ile d’Elbe to the capital where he would regain power in 1815. It is 314 kilometres long and is one of the most beautiful roads in France due to its daring route and the diversity of the landscapes it crosses.

In the Hautes-Alpes the RN85 itinerary enters by the Val de Durance, alongside orchards of sun-gorged apples and pears. It is worth taking a break in Tallard to visit either the medieval castle or the aerodrome. 

Further on, the route arrives in the main town of the Hautes-Alpes, Gap, then goes over the Bayard Pass before heading into the agriculture lands of the Champsaur. You can venture off the main route to visit the Napoleon Refuges at the Noyer and Manse Passes that were built much later by Napoleon III.




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