Where to go in France | Tarn gorges area looks like the Grand Canyon

Gorges du Tarn, Tarn Gorges in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon in France is more than 50 kilometers long, with rock walls, which in some places are more than 500 meters high (its canyons are among the largest in Europe).

View over the cirque of Pougnadoire and Saint-Chély-du-Tarn village, in the Tarn Gorges, from the cirque of Saint-Chély.

View over the cirque of Pougnadoire and Saint-Chély-du-Tarn village, in the Tarn Gorges, from the cirque of Saint-Chély.

The gorge, carved by the waters of the Tarn is developed on the limestone plateaux in order to speak, “accomplices” in the formation of these spectacular natural environments. The most spectacular gorges, Les Detroits, are accessible by boat or canoe; their throat penetrates over 500 meters deep, with the upper edges of the walls, which are only 1,200 meters.

Tarn Gorges

Tarn Gorges

Among these gorges there are living important animal species, rare when it comes to those who live in the many caves that have been formed in this area. They are spectacular when it comes to large birds, such as the Egyptian vulture, the griffon vulture and monaco. Flora, fauna and man, with its many medieval castles, as the one of Castelbouc, La Caze, Hauterives, La Malene or Saint-Rome-de-Dolan, or its characteristic villages, Cirque de St Chély-du-Tarn first of all.

Tarn Gorge, France

Tarn Gorge, France

Needless to say that the whole area of the Gorges of Tarn is a destination for tourist routes, whether you want to discover the castles and villages or you like to do outdoor activities, from climbing to Kayaking. It is located 120 kilometers north of Montpellier.

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