Gorges du Tarn

the perfect south of france road trip

the perfect south of france road trip

Exactly a year ago, we were in the middle of an 11-day road trip around the South of France.  It was an absolutely massive undertaking to plan, inspired by cheap flights from Madrid to Toulouse and Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips book.  I pieced together many of the different road trip itineraries in the book and added in some additional stops based on blogs and sites I'd read online.  The final plan was very ambitious and had us covering quite a bit of southern France, but the end result was...fabulous (if I do say so myself).  Now, when I think about going anywhere in Europe on vacation, a few places come to mind, and the South of France is without a doubt at the top of that list.

gorges du tarn, france

gorges du tarn, france

The main sight on the second day of our French road trip was the Gorges du Tarn.  We began the day with our kind Airbnb hosts at the market in Marcillac-Vallon, then took a walk around picturesque Belcastel, and made a stop at the Viaduc du Millau before we started our drive into the Gorges du Tarn.  The gorge is one of the deepest in Europe, and follows the River Tarn for 50 kilometers.  We stopped at different view points and in little villages along the way, as well as for a picnic lunch at the 'point sublime,' which offers the best vantage point of the whole drive (and the photo ops where it looks like we put ourselves in danger, but I promise, it was really a safer situation than it looks, although as I combed through the photos recently I really did question if that was the case...).