Roads of France

Plan the perfect driving adventure with this helpful guide! Learn more about the things to consider before driving the most spectacular roads of France.

An old military road to the summit of Mont Malamot

Mont Malamot is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.885m (9,465ft) above the sea level, located in the northern Cottian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The road to the summit is permanently closed to motorized vehicles. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Road trip guide: Conquering Pic de Château Renard

Pic de Château Renard is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.936m (9,632ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

The steep and hairpinned Road D80

Located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, the infamous D80 road isone of the most hairpinned roads in the world.

Col de Guery, a sensational drive

Col de Guery is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.268m (4,160ft) above the sea level, located in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in central France.

Col des Saisies, a fantastic road with great views to Mont Blanc

Col des Saisies is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.657m (5,436ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes. 

Lac de Cap-de-Long, one of the highest paved roads in the French Pyrenées

Lac de Cap-de-Long is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.161m (7,089ft) above the sea level, located in Hautes-Pyrénées, a department in southwestern France, part of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

Col de Valberg, a nice road in the Alpes Maritimes

Col de Valberg is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.672m (5,475ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

A paved narrow bumpy road to Château de Quéribus

Perched high up on a rocky hill, Château de Quéribus is a ruined castle in the commune of Cucugnan in the Aude département, in the Occitanie region of France.

A narrow road to Col du Solude

Col du Solude is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.680m (5,511ft) above the sea level, located in the Oisans region of the French Alps.

Travel guide to the top of Fort de la Marguerie

Fort de la Marguerie is a high mountain fort at an elevation of 1.842m (6,043ft) above the sea level, located in the Maritime Alps, close to the border between France and Italy.

Col du Grand Colombier, an iconic road in the western Alps

Col du Grand Colombier is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.501m (4,925ft) above the sea level, located in the department of Ain in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France. The road is very steep, with sections up to 19%.

An epic road to the summit of Col d'Arnostéguy

Col d'Arnostéguy is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 1.240m (4,068ft) above the sea level, located on the Spanish-French border.

Dare to drive the road to Mont Saccarel

Mont Saccarel is an international high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145ft) above the sea level, located on the French-Italian border between Liguria, Piemonte and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

A military unpaved road to Fort du Gondran

Ouvrage du Gondarn is a fort located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France, at an elevation of 2.347m (7,700ft) above the sea level.

A sensational road to Lac de Fabrèges

Lac de Fabrèges is a mountain lake at an elevation of 1.241m (4,072ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Col Saint Martin, an iconic road in the Alpes-Maritimes

Col Saint Martin is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.500m (4,921ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in Southeastern France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

Col du Somport, a mountain pass in the Pyrenees

Col du Somport (Puerto de Somport) is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.637m (5,370ft) above the sea level, nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range on the border of France and Spain.

Aiguille de Péclet, one of the highest roads of Europe

Aiguille de Péclet is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.951m (9,681ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

A wild road to Pierre-sur-Haute

Pierre-sur-Haute is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.631m (5,351ft) above the sea level, located in the Massif Central, in south-central France. It is in the Sauvain and Job communes, with the boundary between the Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne regions passing through the site. The access is closed to private vehicles.

Road trip guide: Conquering Col des Ruillans

Col des Ruillans is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.231m (10,600ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

Col de Joux Plane, one of the six major passes of the French Alps

Col de Joux Plane is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.697m (5,567ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps in Haute-Savoie, France. For cyclists, it’s renowned as one of the six major passes of the French massif, along with the Galibier, Izoard, L’Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux and the Tourmalet.

Col de Castillon, an absolute must for road lovers

Col de Castillon is a mountain pass at an elevation of 707m (2,319ft) above the sea level, located in the Maritime Alpes, in France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

Val Thorens, one of the longest and biggest climbs in France

Val Thorens is a ski resort at an elevation of 2.300m (7,545ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

A scenic road to Cratère Commerson

Cratère Commerson is a volcanic crater at an elevation of 2.328m (7,637ft) above the sea level located on the eastern side of Réunion island in the Indian Ocean.

Col de l'Arpettaz: If you like hairpins, this is the road for you

Col de l'Arpettaz is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.581m (5,187ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

The Mythical Road to Col d'Aspin

Col d'Aspin is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.489m (4,885ft) above the sea level, located in the French Pyrenees in the department of the Hautes-Pyrénées.

Col de Mantet: this road is not for the sissies

Col de Mantet is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.760m (5,774ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. The road is incredibly narrow with a steep unprotected drop to one side throughout. It's also regularly covered in snow making it even more trecherous.

Col des Gets, a classic road trip in the Alps

Col des Gets is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.170m (3,838ft) above the sea level, located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

Lac des Bouillouses, an absolute must for road lovers

Lac des Bouillouses (also called Llac de la Bollosa) is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.016m (6,614ft) above the sea level, located in Pyrénées-Orientales, in France.

D918 is a challenging balcony road in France

D918 is an extreme high mountain road located in the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

The steep rough road to Col de la Vallée Étroite is not for the faint of heart

Col de la Vallée Étroite is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.735m (8,973ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Adventure along the wild road to Col du Petit Mont Cenis

Col du Petit Mont Cenis is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.184m (7,166ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

A dizzying road to Col du Portillon

Col du Portillon/Coll de Portilló is an international  high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.293m (4,242ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrenees, a mountain range on the border between France and Spain.

Col de la Faucille, a great paved road in the Jura Mountains

Col de la Faucille is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,323m (4,341ft) above the sea level, located in the department of Ain in the French Jura.

The road to Crête de la Pendine is not for the faint of heart

Crête de la Pendine is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.705m (8,874ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Travelling through the scenic Route de l'Authion

Route de l'Authion, also known as D68, is a very scenic drive in the Mercantour National Park, Alpes-Maritimes, in France. Along the road there are several forts and military ruins.

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