Road trip guide: 26 hairpin turns to Pas de l’Escous

Pas de l’Escous is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.012m (3,320ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in France.

Pas de l’Escous

Tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, near the Italian border, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called D21. The pass is 10.3 km (6.40 miles) long, running south-north from Lucéram to D2566, the road to Col de Turini. The drive offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

Set high in the Maritime Alps, access to the pass is open all year round. The drive is pretty challenging, with 26 hairpin turns and hitting a 9.1% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. There is practically no traffic.