Gorges de Daluis is a balcony road in France

Gorges de Daluis is a deep, narrow canyon on the upper Var river located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

Gorges de Daluis

Tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, the road through the gorges, also known as Chocolate canyon, is totally paved. It’s called D2202. The road features 17 unlit tunnels and the iconic Pont de la Mariée quartzite bridge. It’s at its best during the winter thaw when the melted snow swells the river to offer adventurers a maximum adrenalin rush and long lasting memories.

The road through the six-kilometer-long canyon formed by the river Var is 11.2 km (6.95 miles) long running north-south from Guillaumes to Daluis. If you are afraid of heights the road is not easy because some sections are hanging on the precipice. The other direction goes through tunnels. It’s part of the Route des Grandes Alpes.

Located within the Gorges de Daluis Regional Nature Reserve, the gorges are locally nicknamed as the Little Colorado of Nice. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 15 and 25 minutes. Half way up the valley, the road begins rather twisted, as it passes through narrow cuttings and even narrower tunnels alongside the real gorges, with steep red-rock cliffs following the river.