Gorges du Hourat

D934-Gorges du Hourat, a balcony road in France

The D934, going through the Gorges du Hourat, is one of the great drives in south-western France. It’s one of the French balcony roads. The road is located in the wooded Hourat gorge, running through neat box hedges.

Located in the Osseau valley, there is little room for error on this road. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes. The surface of the road is asphalted and is very narrow. 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.
The road starts from Laruns, a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France and ends in Spain, in Frontera del Portalet, Huesca. There are not many roads like this in Europe, if you can handle the height and the prospect of a very long freefall this road absolutely has to be on the list of any road connoisseur. The road follows the Gave d’Ossau river. 

It 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. It’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. 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 suprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided.


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