Via Ferrata in the Gorges de la Dourbie: the Boffi spot

Via ferrata Gorges de la Dourbie

Looking for thrills in Aveyron? Here’s the Boffi spot, an exceptional place for via ferrata in the Dourbie gorges.

How beautiful are the gorges de la Dourbie! You’ve probably already seen them if you’ve watched « La Grande Vadrouille » with Louis de Funès and Bourvil. One of the best scenes was filmed here!

This verdant, winding 18-kilometre canyon is located very close to the town of Millau, in the Aveyron region. In places, it forms a vertiginous gully between the Causse Noir and Causse du Larzac. This exceptional natural itinerary is dotted with villages and hamlets perched on the cliffs. Cantobre, Saint-Véran and Montméjean are just a few examples.

During the summer season, visitors from all over France come to enjoy the area’s geological sights. Caving, hiking, canyoning… But today, we’d like to introduce you to a very special activity to be enjoyed here. Here’s how to do via ferrata in the Dourbie gorges at the Boffi spot. And off you go!

The Boffi spot

Via Ferrata du Boffi, Gorges de la Dourbie

Photo credit: Facebook – Antipodes Sport Nature

Difficulty: Athletic 2/4; Gas 3/4; Iron 2/4; Terrain 2/4

Level: easy to difficult

Style: sporty

The famous Boffi spot is a must for via ferrata climbers in the Dourbie gorges. Easily accessible from the town of Millau, it’s easy to see why the Boffi spot is so popular. Nestled at the entrance to the gorge, it offers sublime panoramic views of the gorge, Larzac and the Millau Viaduct.

Boffi offers two distinct courses for both beginners and experienced ferratists. In both cases, expect extreme sensations! Completely renovated in 2015, they offer unique views of the Dourbie gorges. There are two vertiginous footbridges, four technical monkey bridges and two fast zip lines. If you don’t feel up to the latter, don’t worry: they’re optional.

You can have fun with your family, friends or experienced riders. Some even complete both courses in one day…

Practical information


Via ferrata climbing in the Dourbie gorges costs around twenty euros. This price includes access to the site and equipment hire (helmet, karabiners, harness…). These prices are fairly similar, whatever the spot you choose.

If you choose a guide to accompany you, expect to pay an additional 20 euros per person.

Additional information

Here is some additional information before you decide to go via ferrata in the Dourbie gorges:

  • Commitment levels range from F (Easy) to ED (Extremely Difficult). We also give you the style and difficulty of each route. So you can better understand the rating of each via ferrata presented here;
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and a bottle of water. And in summer, don’t do the tour during the hottest hours of the day;
  • This sporting activity is subject to weather conditions. Your course may be closed if heavy rain soaks it;
  • Make sure you wear comfortable, sturdy clothing. Shoes must be closed and laced;
  • If you’re a minor, you’ll need parental permission. In some cases, you’ll need a medical certificate if you’re over 55. If you have no contraindications (osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart problems, pregnancy or epilepsy), you’re all set;

  • Be sure to follow the instructions to make the most of this extraordinary moment.