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“What is all the hype about?”
Review of Gorges de Galamus

Gorges de Galamus
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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21 reviews
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“What is all the hype about?”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

I came across a photo of this somewhere, read the reviews on TA and thought, "Wow! I really must see this!!" Drove across 117 and spent half a day to get here. It's OK, but not "amazing" as some have said.

The road is a narrow one lane road, but it's wide enough to easily negotiate with a normal vehicle and the road has stone guard rails, so there's no chance of slipping into the gorge. Hardly any scarier or harder to drive then the mountain passes in the Pyrenees (and these have much more impressive views). All I can say is this is not a thrill ride but a short 2 km narrow road at slow speed past walking visitors in a line of cars controlled at each end by a traffic light. Moreover you can't see much from the car, especially if you're the driver.

What is impressive however is WALKING the gorge. The views over the edge of the pools and river far below the road are stunning.

You can also take a short walk to the small religious site above the gorge, which again is interesting but not amazing -- don't expect spots like those in Tibet or Bhutan for example. But it is nice.

If you do come here arrive early and bring a swimsuit (assuming you come in summer). The river has some great swimming holes and you won't be disappointed. Just avoid the place if it even looks like rain because it is a narrow mountain gorge and flash flooding could be deadly.

For my time and energy there are better things to do in the surrounding areas, but if you've never seen a mountain gorge and want a nice swim and happen to be driving 117, it's worth the stop.

Visited August 2013
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“Fantastic experience”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We visited the area in August 2013 and approached the Gorge from the direction of Peyrepartuse in our campervan. Just before you enter the gorge there is a small campsite (13 euros per night) which has a small bar and restaurant.

From there we walked through the gorge. It is impossible to get through the gorge in anything bigger than a transit type van so don't attempt it!!

The gorge is amazing to walk through and when we returned we climbed down the lower slopes and had a sunbathe/paddle in the stream.

One word of warning, in some parts the gorge is very windy which can take you by surprise when you turn a corner, for anyone with pushchairs etc i would advise caution.

The place is worth a visit, and we'll certainly visit again.

Visited July 2013
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Kansas
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“Exciting drive!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We took TA advice and timed our trip through the gorge in the afternoon as suggested elsewhere. Unfortunately, the rain we experienced throughout our week in the Languedoc decided to get serious just as we entered the chasm where we were greeted with a torrential thunderstorm. This made getting out to take the walking trail out of the question, but it actually made for a very memorable experience—thunder echoing off the walls as we snaked our way through the gorge.
I have to say the drive was not nearly as scary as some reviews here might lead you to believe. Yes, there are plenty of blind corners, sheer drops, and low overhangs and the road is single-lane, but the traffic moves slowly and pullover spots are well-spaced. On the other hand, I was happy to be driving a subcompact and no doubt the weather likely did induce the little traffic we encountered to drive more cautiously.
Bottom line: I highly recommend Galamus for the dramatic views as well as the interesting drive.

Visited May 2013
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“A surprising find”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Don't be put off by the road sign - any normal vehicle will be able to negotiate the turns and overhangs but don't even think about it in a campervan.

We were en route from the Chateau de Peyrepertuse to the D117 and selected this road as an alternative to the one we had driven on to the castle. The road sign informing us that the road had a maximum width of 2 metres and a height limit of 2.7 metres followed by another sign requiring campervans to turn back was somewhat daunting but when one's on holiday one has to be a little bold.

And what a journey it turned out to be! Not only is the gorge extremely narrow in places but it quickly gains depth as well with the road clinging to the side of the gorge. The road is mainly single track with passing places at nearly every corner and as we were travelling down the gorge late afternoon we were able to stop in the passing places to get some photographs as there was no traffic coming the other way.

As one leaves the narrowest part of the gorge one comes across the hermitage and this too is worth a stop as it is the former home of a hermit who built his home here many years ago and established a chapel in a crevice in the rocks behind. Unless one has read a guidebook to the area this is something that could so easily be missed.

Visited April 2013
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“Wow, what a drive!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We came across this drive by accident.. the map said it was a tourist drive through a gorge and we didn't know just what we were letting ourselves in for :D This is NOT the type of drive we are used to in Sydney!

Much of the road is single lane with a gigantic drop on one side, leading to the deliciously terrifying thought of cars coming in the other direction and needing to reverse (on the wrong side of the road for us) to let them by. It passes through narrow passages and winds around the mountain around hairpin bends and sweeping curves where, thankfully, you can see cars coming for some of your journey and wait for them to pass by. We were particularly happy to see the car park at the end and amused at the religious icons showing that others have had reason to thank God they made it to the other side!

I would highly recommend this drive to anyone but those terrified by heights. It's as good as the best of rides in amusement parks.. a real life adrenalin buzz.

We didn't visit the hermitage due to lack of time, but would have loved to do so. Maybe next time?

Visited September 2012
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