The route Napoléon is the one that the emperor followed to regain power. It is today a grandiose tourist route.
An adventure for the reconquest of power
Full of culture and dotted with grandiose landscapes, the Napoleon road is an emblematic escape through Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, from the shores of Vallauris to the citadel of Sisteron. On March 1, 1815, on his return from the island of Elba, Napoleon landed with a small troop of 1,100 men at Golfe-Juan. Then began an incredible adventure for the reconquest of power which was to culminate in Paris, the following March 20, with the entry into the Tuileries left in all haste by Louis XVIII. The Hundred Days were beginning. The Napoleon Route, named in memory of this epic, is the one followed by the Emperor from Golfe-Juan to Grenoble. Indeed, Napoleon himself declared: « Until Grenoble I was treated as an adventurer, in Grenoble I was a prince ».
A 331 km long road
It is therefore this road which today has become a tourist route dotted with commemorative plaques and various monuments. 331 km long, it allows, in addition to its historical interest, a wonderful discovery of the Alpes-Maritimes, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Hautes-Alpes and the Isère.
• On February 26, 1815, he left the island of Elba, landed in Golfe Juan on March 1, accompanied by two to three thousand men.
• In order to avoid the royalist troops stationed in Lower Provence, he then decides to reach Grenoble via the interior of the country.
• He crossed Castellane and Digne-les-Bains on March 3 and 4, 1815, then reached Paris, with his men, on March 20, 1815.
By following the Napoleon road, you cross various landscapes. Castellane, such a picturesque village, dominated by its rock, gateway to the Gorges du Verdon, a paradise for white water sports and hiking. Then pass through the villages of Senez and Barrême where heritage and outdoor activities come together to ensure you a rich and unique stay. Continue your route through the clues of Taulanne and Chabrières, an astonishing mineral landscape and don’t be surprised to come across the famous Pignes train. Digne-les-Bains offers medical treatments for well-being or prevention, in particular with essential oils of lavender to better launch an assault on its famous Via Ferrata. Along the Durance, a once turbulent river, discover Malijai where the vivid memory of the Emperor’s passage is celebrated every even-numbered year in July by a parade of troops in Napoleonic costume.