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Impressive drive and views

An incredible road to drive (or cycle, as you will see) to a high pass where we went for a 4 hour... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Eva K
Spectacular col route running through a gorge for several km towards the valley

One of the best road cycling descents in the Ubaye Valley. A gentle 3% gradient makes it easy to... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

An incredible road to drive (or cycle, as you will see) to a high pass where we went for a 4 hour hike to, amongst others, see marmots! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eva K
Reviewed June 17, 2018

One of the best road cycling descents in the Ubaye Valley. A gentle 3% gradient makes it easy to ascend and also a leisurely descent.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

That was an excellent moment we had. At half an hour from barcelonette there's this place from which several hikes start. We climbed from 2300m to 2600+m high. At the summit you can see 2 lakes, one from each side. The air is fresh and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Patrice H
Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

Great tourist route for drivers and superb for bikers. Narrow single track in parts. Wonderful views from top to bottom.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Knowmygrub
Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

Cycled this Col in July 2017. Fantastic! It has gentle approach with views through the Gorge and waterfalls everywhere.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank helenc509
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Great place for a picnic, cycling or hiking. Lovely rocky cliffs, fab views from the top. Road very narrow, drive carefully.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank JaneP655
Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Great hiking in the national park, beautiful vistas into the Var valley, all amidst a carefully managed national park. The paths are beautiful and expertly marked and maintained so that even our 6 year old daughter had no problems.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Bonnemot
Reviewed July 25, 2016

A beautiful pass quite and untouched full of marmots who play with you. A must of you like Southern Alps on the way to the beautiful city of Barcelonette. Narrow road! Do not take it at night

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank L8771VCericm
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This Col has wonderful views and walks. We rode over it by Motor bike and walked from the top to picnic by one of the lakes. Great rides for motorcycles and bikes.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank 66anita
Reviewed May 27, 2016

Been to Cayolle a few times but it's still fun to drive. The north side is more twisty and narrow. The road surface in Mercantour National park area is not very good, but still not a real problem for road bikes. South side is wider...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank krummeh
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CharliesGirl
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Advice re car route via Alps from S. France to Switzerland (5 Replies)
I've been seeking advice regarding a car route from Southern France, where we will be staying, via the French Alps into Switzerland and so far have been told to include Col d'Izoard, Col de la Bonnette, Col de la Cayolle etc and some parts of the Route des Grandes Alps. Does anyone know the most logical way to bring this altogether into one plotted route? Or does anyone have other ideas, maybe if they have done this before? In Switzerland itself, we were told to drive the big ones,...More
February 21, 2009|
Response fromwigwam3|
It would help if we knew where you were departing from in France and where you were heading to in Switzerland
CharliesGirl
Brentwood, United Kingdom
The Big Ones - Scenic Car Routes through Switzerland (9 Replies)
I've been seeking advice regarding the best routes from Southern France, where we will be staying, via the French Alps into Switzerland and so far have been told to include Col d'Izoard, Col de la Bonnette, Col de la Cayolle etc and some parts of the Route des Grandes Alps. In Switzerland itself, we were told to drive the Big Ones: SUSTEN, GRIMSEL and NUFENEN. Does anyone have any ideas on the most logical way to bring this altogether into one plotted route? Maybe if you have done...More
February 21, 2009|
Response frommube|
trips via mountain passes take much time, so biggest question is: how many day are you planning to stay in Switzerland? There are not many possible mountain passes for you to go into Switzerland. An idea is to the small and the big St. Bernhard / Bernardo All high up mountain passes in Switzerland are great. On the road to the Susten there is a small road right of the hotel (small fee) to the Steingletscher (glacier). On the road to the Furka there is a glacier cave in the Rhone...More