Dominated by its mountains which peak at over 4,000 metres, the department of Hautes-Alpes is a paradise for skiers, hikers and para-gliders. Enthusiasts of the flora and fauna of the region will love the nature parks of Ecrins and Queyras. Property in Hautes-Alpes is affordable, even if it is more expensive near the ski slopes. You can choose a property for sale in Briançon, a very pleasant fortified town at 1,300 metres of altitude, or an apartment in one of the many family ski resorts. But if you are looking for the atmosphere of Provence, Gap is the place to go.