Clue du Pérouré

Clue du Pérouré, a balcony road in France

A short but dramatic stretch of the D900a road, from Verdaches to Digne-les-Bains (France), goes through the Clue du Pérouré, a narrow road going among deep canyons. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

This extremely narrow road is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and belongs to the Alpes Maritimes. This amazing road is carved into the mountainside. It’s a road to die for (or die on, if you're not careful!). 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. There are a few narrow sections, totally impassable for 2 medium cars. Along the road there are several signs about the limited maximum height of the road, ranging from 2,8m to 3,2m. 

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. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and narrow unlit tunnels. When you take this road as picturesque as it is narrow, with its many surprising meanders, drive carefully, and above all don't miss the parking spaces that have been provided. The little town of Barles is situated at an elevation of 985m above the sea level, in the Bès valley. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera!