Clue de Saint Auban

Clue de Saint Auban is a scenic balcony road in France

Clue de Saint Auban is the name of a spectacular gorge carved by the Esteron River on the border between the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Alpes Maritimes, in southeastern France.It’s one of the French balcony roads.

Can you drive the Clue de Saint Auban?

Tucked away in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, the road across the gorges is totally paved. It’s called D2211. It’s a challenging road snaking its way through the clue on a ledge and passing a chapel cut out in the rock where a service is held every September. It’s a roller-coaster journey through forests and mountains to finally climb up the clue of St. Auban, one of the deepest, steepest and most spectacular clues in Provence. The road has been a key stage of the famous Rally Monte-carlo.

How long is Clue de Saint Auban?

The most demanding section of the drive is 7.3 km (4.53 miles) long, running from Saint-Auban to Briançonnet. For this distance, the narrow one-lane road contours up the sheer ravine wall with a roof of rock overhead much of the way. High risk of rock slides. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. Here one says a prayer that nobody is coming towards you until the road widens some kilometres further.

Is Clue de Saint Auban challenging?

This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and narrow unlit tunnels. When you take this road as picturesque as it is narrow, with its many surprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided.


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