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Highest mountain roads in Europe

A signpost at the foot Col de la Bonette makes the claim "Col de la Bonette - Restefond, 2.802 m above sea level, the highest road in Europe". But this claim is incorrect for several reasons.

The two kilometre long teardrop shaped loop around the Cime de la Bonette peak (2.860m) from either side of the pass is one of the highest paved through route in the Alps, and in France. But there are more road passes whose altitudes are higher in Europe:

Mountain Pass Elevation Country Surface
Mount Elbrus 4.044m (13,267ft) Russia Gravel
Terskol Ice base 3.675m (12,057ft) Russia Gravel
Pico del Veleta 3.369m (11,053ft) Spain Asphalt
Bontadini-Lift 3.332m (10,931ft) Italy Gravel
Mount Erciyes 3.330m (10,925ft) Turkey Gravel
Yanıkçukur Road 3.304m (10,839ft) Turkey Gravel
Mount Ararat 3.291m (10,797ft) Turkey Gravel
Mount Artos 3.225m (10,580ft) Turkey Gravel
Collado de Carihuela 3.209m (10,528ft) Spain Gravel
Cime de Caron 3.182m (10,439ft) France Gravel
Col du Jandri 3.165m (10,383ft) France Gravel 
Stubaier Glacier 3.150m (10,334ft) Austria Gravel
Monte Chaberton 3.131m (10,272ft) Italy-France Gravel
Passo del Madriccio 3.123m (10,246ft) Italy Gravel
Collado El Lobo 3.115m (10,219ft) Spain Gravel
Refugio Villavientos 3.094m (10,150ft) Spain Gravel
Pik Terskol 3.092m (10,144ft) Russia Gravel
Col du Plateau Rosa 3.088m (10,131ft) Italy Gravel
Bellecote 3.071m (10,075ft) France Gravel
Pic Blanc 3.067m (10,062ft) France Gravel
Refugio de la Caldera 3.053m (10,016ft) Spain Gravel
Verçenik Tepesi 3.047m (9,996ft) Turkey Gravel
Top Mountain Star 3.023m (9,917ft) Austria Gravel
Rifugio Pirovano 3.018m (9,901ft) Italy Gravel
Gaislachkogel 3.018m (9,901ft) Austria Gravel
Col de la Montée du Fond 3.007m (9,865ft) France Gravel
Col du Bouchet 3.004m (9,855ft) France Gravel
Ziyaret dağı 3.002m (9,849ft) Turkey Gravel
Col de Caron 2.996m (9,829ft) France Gravel
Karabek Geçidi 2.994m (9,822ft) Turkey Asphalt/Gravel
Col del Sommeiller  2.993m (9,819ft) France-Italy Gravel
Cima Bianca 2.977m (9,767ft) Italy Gravel
Col de Rosael  2.977m (9,767ft) France Gravel
Inferno Mürren 2.970m (9,744ft) Switzerland Gravel
Danakıran Road 2.961m (9,714ft) Turkey Gravel
Aiguille de Péclet 2.951m (9,681ft) France Gravel
Grand Col 2.939m (9,642ft) France Gravel
Col des Lessières 2.936m (9,362ft) France Gravel
Pic de Château Renard 2.936m (9,362ft) France Gravel
Mount Tendürek 2.928m (9,606ft) Turkey Gravel
Passo delle Platigliole 2.908m (9,540ft) Italy Gravel
Col des Gentianes 2.906m (9,534ft) Switzerland Gravel
Cresta Sobretta 2.901m (9,517ft) Italy Gravel
Cime Bianche 2.899m (9,511ft) Italy Gravel
Plattachbahn mountain 2.898m (9,507ft) Austria Gravel
Marsis Mountain 2.888m (9,475ft) Turkey Gravel
Mont Malamot 2.885m (9,465ft) France Gravel
Cugnai Lift
2.884m (9,471ft) France Gravel
Glacier du Varet 2.883m (9,458ft) France Gravel
Col de la Chambre 2.879m (9,445ft) France Gravel
Pic du Midi 2.877m (9,439ft) France Gravel
Viderjoch 2.876m (9,435ft) Switzerland-Austria Gravel
Rif. Francesco Petrarca 2.875m (9,432ft) Italy Gravel
Col de la Bailletta 2.852m (9,356ft) France Gravel
Abano Pass 2.850m (9,350ft) Georgia Gravel
Cima Ciantiplagna 2.849m (9,347ft) Italy Gravel
Mont de la Chambre 2.844m (9,330ft) France Gravel
La Colletta 2.843m (9,327ft) Italy Gravel
Mamisoni Pass 2.836m (9,304ft) Georgia-Russia Gravel
Laghi di Cedèc 2.833m (9,294ft) Italy Gravel
Ötztal Glacier Road 2.830m (9,285ft) Austria Asphalt
Rifugio Madriccio 2.828m (9,278ft) Italy Gravel
Col de Lauzun 2.809m (9,215ft) France Gravel
Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi 2.809m (9,215ft) Italy Gravel
Monte Jafferau 2.805m (9,202ft) Italy Gravel
Le Bouchet 2.803m (9,196ft) France Gravel
Cime de la Bonette 2.802m (9,193ft) France Asphalt
Col dés Ves 2.793m (9,163ft) France Gravel
Pointe de la Masse 2.790m (9,153ft) France Gravel
Bellevarde 2.783m (9,130ft) France Gravel
Klukhorskii Pass 2.781m (9,124ft) Russia-Georgia Asphalt
Col du Parpaillon 2.780m (9,120ft) France Gravel
Mount Nemrut 2.779m (9,117ft) Turkey Gravel
Col de Fresse 2.777m (9,110ft) France Gravel
Col de l'Iseran 2.764m (9,068ft) France Asphalt 
Passo dello Stelvio 2.757m (9,045ft) Italy Asphalt
Cap de les Raspes Roies 2.754m (9,035 ft) Spain Gravel
Kaunertal glacier road 2.750m (9,022ft) Austria  Asphalt 
Col de la Met 2.750m (9,022ft) France Gravel
Col de Viraysse 2.746m (9,009ft) France Gravel
Lac de Céma 2.745m (9,005ft) France Asphalt
Col Agnel-Agnello 2.744m (9,003ft) France-Italy Asphalt 
Col de Chassoure 2.739m (8,986ft) Switzerland  Gravel 
Forcella d’Entova 2.738m (8,985ft) Italy Gravel
Col de la Vallée Étroite 2.735m (8,973ft) France Gravel
Punta Bagna 2.730m (8,956ft) France Gravel
Col de La Madeleine 2.716m (8,910ft) France Gravel
Roche de Mio 2.716m (8,910ft) France Gravel
Col de la Bonette 2.715m (8,907 ft) France Asphalt
Rifugio Pizzini 2.706m (8,876ft) Italy Gravel
Col des Vaux 2.705m (8,874ft) Switzerland Gravel 

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