’Gorges de Daluis.’
There are spots where hardly any light reaches the bottom of the steep and narrow Gorges de Daluis (Alpes-Maritimes, France). Carved in red slate, with its shades of purple and violet, it is one of the most beautiful and spectacular canyons in Europe. At just 1,5 hours from Nice and the Côte d'Azur it is more accessible then its famous counterparts in the American Southwest, but you meet fewer hikers. If you don't mind getting wet feet you can walk its complete length. Photo Paul Smit.