Pas de Tous Vents - Clue de Gréolières

Pas de Tous Vents-Clue de Gréolières, a balcony road in France

Pas de Tous Vents is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.052m (3,451ft) above the sea level, located in the heart of the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It’s one of the French balcony roads. Escape from the Cote d'Azur jetset by driving the scenic Route de Thorenc like James Bond did in Goldeneye.

The road to the summit is stunning and dramatic. It’s called D2 (Route de Thorenc or Route de Gentelly) and goes within the Clue de Gréolières, a collection of tunnels and cliffs perched on a road carved into the rocks. The drive is worth it. The road is asphalted, very narrow, includes a lot of turns and ends in Gréolières, a pretty Medieval village perched on a ridge against the southern flank of the Cheiron mountain, in the hills 25 km north of Grasse. This scenic drive is not without a surprise, listed as one of the most stunning roads in the world.
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.  Kick off your journey in Vence, 20 km outside of Nice. Head for the awe-inspiring Col de Vence and prepare for some panoramic views and hairpin bends in the spectacular mountains. This stretch of the road trip offers unusual rocky arches. This short but exceptional daytrip in the French Riviera can't be missed.

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 gorge is famous for its bewildering network of subterranean caves, a few of which are open to the public. 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.


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