Gorges and Clues
Gorges in Provence range from mini-Grand Canyons to sites of prehistoric habitation; a Clue is a narrow slot through a rock-walled valley.
The Gorges de l'Ardèche is a 30-km long canyon formed of a series of gorges on the Ardèche river in the South of France, near Montélimar and Orange. It's a beautiful site for touring and observing, for prehistoric caves and for canoeing, swimming and other water sports.
A wild and somewhat remote gorge 5 km from Bagnols-en-Forêt in the Var department. The rocky outcrops in this garrigue region are red, contrasting beautifully with the deep blue sky and the green flora.
This is a deep, narrow gorge on the upper Var river, following the river south from Guillaumes to the N202 road (and Train des Pignes) between Annot and Entrevaux.
The narrow and beautiful Gorges du Loup cuts north-south through the hills at the foot of Gourdon village north of Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes.
The Gorges de la Nesque cuts through the mountains between Mont Ventoux and the Plateau de Vaucluse. The small D242 road that follows the gorges has one end at Villes-sur-Auzon to the west and next to Sault to the east.
This is a beautiful, steep-sided canyon winds down from the Col des Leques, just west of Castellane on the Route Napoleon. The road runs along the side, at one point passing through a needle-eye hole in the rock wall (called Clue de la Roche Perchée).
This 21-km long canyon is deep, compact, wild and beautiful. On the north side a 45-km long road goes between Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (Lac de Sainte Croix) and Castellane. Another road from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie goes via Aiguines and along the south side of the Canyon, to Comps-sur-Artuby in the Var.