A scenic paved road through the Gorges du Tarn
Gorges du Tarn is a canyon formed by the Tarn River, located to the north of Millau, in the Lozère department of the Massif Central, northern Langudoc-Roussillon, in southern France. It’s one of the scenic French balcony roads.
The gorges are traversed by the paved D907bis road. The road features a high risk of rockfalls. This scenic drive follows alongside the gorge and it has lots of stopping places, although not always in quite the place that you want to stop. The riverside road is notorious for summer traffic jams. Best avoid busy holiday weekends and if possible the peak weeks between mid-July and mid-August. It’s narrow and not recommended to large vehicles. The tunnels and rocky overhangs along the route will be hazards to negotiate with care.
The road is located on the valley of the Tarn and offers spectacular views inside the canyon. The road lets yourself to be transported by kilometres of meanders which reveal a succession of rocky cirques and chaos. Many castles have been built along the gorges, most of them dating back to the Middle-Age. Following the course of the Tarn River for 50 kilometres, the Tarn Gorges are among the deepest gorges to be found anywhere in Europe. They are also extremely picturesque - perhaps one of the most scenic parts of France - and offer several great vantage points. Characterised by steep cliffs slicing through sparkling blue-green water, the gorges are one of the Cévennes’ most scenic sights.
The road through the gorges is 26.5 km (16.46 miles) long and runs from La Malène (in the Lozère department) towards (in the Aveyron department). Plan 40 minutes without any stop to complete the drive without any stop. Best visited from March to November. The first road through the gorges, called ‘Route des Gorges du Tarn’, was built in 1905. And ever since, it has remained one of France's most spectacular touring routes. This road is one of the most famous balcony roads in the country.
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