Gorges de Daluis

Gorges de Daluis, a balcony road in France

The Gorges de Daluis is a deep, narrow gorge on the upper Var river located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

The famous gorges are a six-kilometer-long canyon formed by the river Var within the D2202 road, running south from Guillaumes to Daluis. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! 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 gorges are also known as the “Colorado Niçois”. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). It’s extremely narrow and there are several tunnels. Half way up the valley, the road begins rather twisted, as it passes through narrow cuttings and even narrower tunnels along side the real gorges, with steep red-rock cliffs alongside the river.

This road 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.

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. Some parts of the road are just one way. If you are afraid of heights the road is not easy because some sections are hanging on the precipice. The other direction goes inside tunnels.