Beginning in Castione, Switzerland, and heading north on highway 13 Blue this road follows the Mesolcina valley over the mountain, and on to Hinterrhein in Switzerland.
From Jausiers in the North to Saint-Etienne-de-Tinee in the south, this is possibly one of the most famous roads in the Alps, and at 2802M, stated to be the highest road in Europe. The actual pass finishes at around 2700M with a recent addition taking it to the full height constructed to retain the title.
Route Napoléon is a 325-kilometre section of the Route Nationale 85, taken by Napoléon on his return from Elba in 1815. The route begins at Golfe-Juan, where Napoleon disembarked in March 1815, beginning the Hundred Days that ended at Waterloo. The road was inaugurated in 1932; it leads from the French Riviera to the southern Pre-Alps. It is marked along the way by statues of the flying eagle symbol.
The Col De Turini is one of the stages previously used in the WRC, with cars running both in daytime and at night!! The road has also been used in the Tour de France, and is a challenging drive with long straights linking 34 hairpin bends running from Sospel to La Bollène. At its highest point the road reaches 1607 metres and the views as might be expected, are awesome.
An absolutely stunning piece of road across the Pyrenees and undoubtedly one of the best anywhere in Europe. Jeremy Clarkson recently declared it his new favourite road! The road has light traffic, but a few bikers, and classic mountain twists and turns that make it a delight to drive.