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Route de Thorenc – South of France

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Route de Thorenc, a driving road that also goes by the name Route de Gentelly, is a breathtaking balcony road in Alpes-Maritimes. This road is one of our favourite roads in South of France, and also one of the best driving roads in Europe if you ask us. Côte d'Azur is a wonderful driving destination because of the mild weather year-round, and Route de Thorenc stays open in the winter. Occasionally there might be snowfall since the road is high up in the mountains, but from March to November there are usually no driving restrictions.

To reach Route de Thorenc you might drive over other scenic mountain roads as well. Col de Vence and Route Napoleon are two other great driving roads in the same area, and should definitely be driven as well.

Driving the Route de Thorenc

Perhaps you have seen photos of this road in car magazines, as it is a popular destination for car manufacturers to shoot their cars. No wonder as the tunnels carved into the rocks with a beautiful backdrop of the valley creates a spectacular image, with or without car. If you climb up on one of the high rocks that are situated by the side of the road you can enjoy an even more spectacular panoramic scenery of the valley.

The road D2 is long and all of it is a nice mix of hairpin corners and long straights. However the most picture perfect part with the carved tunnels is only about 8 kilometers long. It is located between Gréolières and a roundabout at the D2 / D802 intersection. If you want to stop for coffee or lunch in the area there are a few places in Gréolières, or if you pass by Vence on your route you could stop at Château Saint-Martin & Spa with a beautiful view to the coast from their terrace.

Experience the road on a driving tour

At Colcorsa we specialise in exciting road trip adventures in Europe, and we’d be happy to plan you the perfect driving tour to this thrilling mountain pass. We have tours starting from the French Riviera, where you’ll spend 1-3 days behind the wheel of the performance car of your dreams, and experience many great driving roads – including the Route de Thorenc. However we’d also be happy to design bespoke itineraries to suit your individual travel arrangements. Our team would also be happy to assist if you’re just looking for a rental car for your holiday to the South of France – in our fleet we have a large selection of sports cars and supercars.

Please note: For roads that close in the winter season the map might not display the correct route if you’re viewing it when the road is still closed.

Road trip stories

If you’d like to see more photos of this beautiful road you can have a look at blog posts below, with galleries from our team’s previous road trips.

Route de Thorenc Ferrari 488 Spider 

Ferrari 488 Spider on the Route de Thorenc
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Porsche 991 Carrera S Route de Thorenc Gentelly 

Porsche 991.2 Carrera S on the Route de Thorenc
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