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“Gouged by "God" !”
Review of Gorges de Galamus

Gorges de Galamus
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The beauty or scariness of this place is in the eyes of beholders of course ! But majority of people will find the experience truly wonderful. We went past Bugarech ( where was supposed to be saved fron the End of The World at 121212 but never happened) and just thinking what were all the hype about that Mountain and suddenly hit by this Road! Since we were travelling morning time the traffic lights were not operating yet and that is it ,a vehicle comes face to face and one dares to squeeze pass without a perspiration somewhere on his/her body! Couple of times I took my eyes of the road momentarily and looked down the side, since my car is right hand drive (British), I felt as though I was on the edge of the Planert and sensed tinkling in my feet, feleling that was echoed by my 7 year old son too!
We all had a pair of trainers in the car except guess whom ?( no point for answering the wife!) yes she didn't bring hers so we were deprived of walking down the bottom as one said previously would have been a nice experience not to mention that weather was beautiful on that day.
So we left much to delight of my son vowing never to return which has changed since for the sake of thrill seeking! Soon enough got to the village of Saint Paul de Fenouillet which is delightful village for chilling out after visiting the Gorges and a must visit to the busy bakery and buy famous local biscuits as well as tasty bread. I will say was worth the trip definitely .

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Reviewed 10 August 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.

2  Thank Ethan G
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Reviewed 31 July 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.

2  Thank Mickc123
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Reviewed 27 July 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.

Thank Blade9
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Reviewed 4 June 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.

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