Driving through Gorges de la Cadière, a French balcony road

Gorges de la Cadière is a canyon formed by the Argentesse river, located in the Gard department, in Occitanie region of southern France. It’s one of the famous French balcony roads.

Gorges de la Cadière

The gorges, also known as Gorges de l'Argentesse, are traversed by the D296 road. It runs as a single track road along the mountainside for some distance with nowhere to pass another vehicle. The road is 6.0 km long, running south-north from La Cadière-et-Cambo to Cambo. This cliff road is totally paved. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. This natural site is remarkably good for whitewater sports. The water is very clear.

It’s said to be one of the most beautiful balcony roads of 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. 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.