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.

A wild road to Col du Bouchet in the Massif de la Vanoise

Col du Bouchet is a high mountain peak at 3.004m (9,855ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

A curvy road to Col de Scalella, in Corsica

Col de Scalella is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.193m (3,914ft) above the sea level, located in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. The pass is traversed by the D27 road.

An old military road to Col de Mallemort

Col de Mallemort is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.543m (8,343ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, in the southwestern part of the Alps, in France. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s terrible narrow and the drop offs are a bit intimidating. There’s only enough room for one car to go up. There is no turning around if you change you mind.

Travel guide to the top of Col de Pause in the Pyrenees

Col de Pause is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.542m (5,059ft) above the sea level, located in the Ariège department of the region of Occitanie, in France.

Col d'Ares, a 5 stars road in the Pyrenees

Coll d'Ares is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.513m (4,964ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrenees on the border between France and Spain.

Travel Guide to Col de Lagues

Col de Lagues is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.408m (4,619ft) above the sea level located in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France.

A paved road to the summit of Col de la Luzette

Col de la Luzette is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.350m (4,429ft) above the sea level, located in the Gard department in southern France.

Travel guide to Pas de la Graille

Pas de la Graille is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.597m (5,239ft) above the sea level located in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in France.

Courage is required to drive to Col de l’Herpie

Col de l’Herpie is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.970m (9,744ft) above the sea level, located in the Isère department in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

Travelling through the claustrophobic environment of Grotte du Mas d'Azil

Located in the Ariège department in southwestern France, the Grotte du Mas d'Azil is a 500 metre long tunnel dug by the Arize River in the Ariege Pyrenees. It is the only cave in Europe that can be crossed by car.

A wild road to Fort de la Turra

The Ancien Fort de La Turra is an abandoned high mountain fort at an elevation of 2.493m (8,179ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

An epic mountain road to Signal de Bisanne

Signal de Bisanne is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.930m (6,332ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. This pass is one of two climbs in France classified by the ASO as "Epic" which is like an HHC.

A mule track to Col d’Artzatey

Col d’Artzatey is an international mountain pass at an elevation of 662m (2,171ft) above the sea level, located on the Spanish-French border, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

A scenic paved road to Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin

Col de la Pierre Saint-Martin, or Piedra de San Martín, is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.760m (5,774ft) above the sea level, located on the France-Spain border in the western Pyrenees in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (France) and Navarra (Spain).

D29, a balcony road in France

D29 is a short mountain road with a length of 14.3km located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. The road links the villages of Guillaumes and Valberg

Col de la Met, one of the highest mountain roads of Europe

Col de la Met is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.750m (9,022ft) above the sea level located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Faux Col de Restefond is one of the highest paved roads of France

Faux Col de Restefond is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.656m (8,713ft) above the sea level, located located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, in southeastern France. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Travel guide to the top of Col dés Ves

Col dés Ves is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.793m (9,163ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. It’sone of the highest roads of Europe.

Dare to drive the challenging Col de Spandelles

Col de Spandelles is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.378m (4,520ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées, in southwestern France, part of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

Travel Guide to the Cirque de Gavarnie

Cirque de Gavarnie is a large rock amphitheater, at an elevation of 1.690m (5,544ft) above the sea level, located within the commune of Gavarnie, in the Pyrenees National Park, on the border of France and Spain. The road is totally closed to vehicles.

The unpaved road to Col de Moulata in the Pyrenees

Col de Moulata is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.685m (5,528ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of France.

Les Détroits-D907 is a balcony road in France

Located in the Lozère department in southern France, Les Détroits is a thrilling experience. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. It’s one of the famous French balcony roads.

Lac d'Aumar, one of the highest paved roads in the Pyrenees

Lac d'Aumar (also known as Lac d'Aumer) is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.192m (7,191ft) above the sea level, located in Hautes-Pyrénées, a department in southwestern France. It is part of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

D29, an iconic French balcony road

D29 is a short mountain road located in the Aude department in southern France. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

A hairpinned paved road to Col du Coq

Col du Coq is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.434m (4,704ft) above the sea level, located in the Isère department in southeastern France. The pass is traversed by the D30E road and presents some similarities to the Alpe d'Huez. It also has 21 hairpin turns.

Travelling through the spectacular L’Ubayette Bridge

Located within the Mercantour National Park, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, L’Ubayette Bridge is a short wooden bridge. It’s one of the most spectacular bridges in the world.

An awe-inspiring road to Col du Raspaillon

Col du Raspaillon is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.525m (8,284ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments in southeastern France.

A curvy paved road to Col de la Chambotte

Col de la Chambotte is a mountain pass at an elevation of 650m (2,132ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

A wild road along the Gorges de la Jonte

Gorges de la Jonte is a canyon formed by the Jonte River, located in the border between the Lozère and the Aveyron counties, in southern France. The road through the gorges is the challenging D996 road.

A thrilling (scary) off road experience to Col de Chérine

Col de Chérine is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.295m (7,529ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.

Chris Froome has become the first man to cycle non-stop the Eurotunnel

Chris Froome has become the first man to cycle non-stop between Folkestone in Kent and Coquelles in the Pas-de-Calais, France. Froome rode through the tunnel at training-pace, completing the 32-mile journey in 55 minutes and reaching 65kmph.

Adventure Along the Wild Road to Col de Cluy

Col de Cluy is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.813m (5,948ft) above the sea level, located in the Isère department in southeastern France.

Col de la Chambre: this drive is not for timid drivers

Col de la Chambre is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.879m (9,445ft) 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.

A delightful yet challenging road to Col du Soulor

Col du Soulor is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.474m (4,835ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France.

A memorable road trip to Pic Blanc

Pic Blanc is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.067m (10,062ft) above the sea level, located in the Isère department in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

Driving through the iconic Tunnel du Galibier

Tunnel du Galibier is a high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 2.576m (8,451ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Savoie and Hautes-Alpes departments, in south-eastern France. Before 1976, the tunnel was the only point of passage at the top. The tunnel was closed for restoration until 2002, and a new road was constructed over the summit.

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