France

Balcony roads in France

Driving the best balcony roads of France

In France there are a few balcony roads: hair-raising lanes 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. Dramatically carved out rock on the side of mountains, the balcony roads are a unique experience for any rider.

Col du Chaussy

Col du Chaussy is an improbable road with 17 hairpin turns

Col du Chaussy is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.533m (5,029ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in France. The road to reach the summit starts with the famous “lacets de Montvernier”, a special 3 km stretch with 17 hairpins as the road virtually climbs a cliff. It's an improbable road clinging to the edge of the cliff. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Les Grands-Goulets

Les Grands-Goulets is a French balcony road

Built between 1844 and 1851, Les Grands-Goulets is the name of a legendary road located in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France. The road was closed to vehicles and pedestrian in 2005. Vertigo guaranteed. It’s one of the French balcony roads.

Passage du Gois

Passage du Gois is a road flooded twice a day

Located on France’s Atlantic coast, Passage du Gois is a natural passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier, flooded twice a day by the high tide. Pack an inflatable boat for driving this 4.3km road because just say for some crazy reason you mix up the tide times, then – like vehicles in the past – you might disappear beneath the salty brine.

Col de Turini

Col de Turini is a drive that needs to be ridden with respect

Col de Turini is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.607m (5,272ft) above the sea level, locaed in the Alps in the department of Alpes-Maritimes in France. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world. Helter skelter corners and changeable weather conditions mean this road is far from safe. Lethal in bad weather, this road can often be covered in snow and ice making it one of the most treacherous roads in the world.