Col des Tempêtes

Col des Tempêtes is a road famous for its strong winds

Col des Tempêtes is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.829m (6,000ft) above the sea level, located in the Provence region of southern France. The climb can often be hard due to windy conditions and/or heat. One is very exposed to the elements at higher altitude on this mountain.

The road to the pass is asphalted. It’s called D164 road, and the pass is located just 1 km far from the epic Mont Ventoux, the "Giant of Provence", or "The Bald Mountain". The road leading to the pass was opened in 1900. At the summit there's a small road leading to Tête de la Grave, a pass at an elevation of 1.650m (5,413 ft) above the sea level. The road is 3.9km (2.42 miles) long, and has asphalted and unpaved sections.
The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time. The road over the mountain is often closed due to high winds. This pass is very famous for its strong winds. It can be extremely windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; wind speeds as high as 320 km/h (200 mph) have been recorded. The wind blows at 90+ km/h (56+ mph) 240 days a year. 

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The top of the mountain is bare limestone without vegetation or trees, which makes the mountain's barren peak appear from a distance to be snow-capped all year round (its snow cover actually lasts from December to April). Don’t forget your camera! Its isolated position overlooking the valley of the Rhône ensures that it dominates the entire region and can be seen from many miles away on a clear day. The view from the top is correspondingly superb.


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