The 10 best road trips to do in Europe
For some people, travel means roaming. And the best way to marvel at a multitude of landscapes and to stop in unique cities as the days go by is to plan a road trip by car, van or motorbike. Europe is rich in a wide variety of natural environments, historical cities and has excellent roads for those who wish to experience a nomadic holiday. From Germany to Spain, Romania, Scotland and Norway, here are 10 road trips you should definitely take on the Old Continent, with the promise of coming home with beautiful images and memories.
1- The Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany
Looking for a romantic road trip? Then don't hesitate to go to our German neighbours to take the Romantic Road in Bavaria in the south of the country. The trip promises to be a sight to behold. Starting from Frankfurt, you reach the historic city of Würzburg to contemplate its many churches and stroll along the Main. We are also in the middle of a wine-growing region where we take the time to taste some delicious dry white wines. The next part of the tour is made up of exceptional medieval towns and strolls through charming alleys such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbühl with its colourful facades. The magnificent castles of the Romantic Road, which overlook the breathtaking natural surroundings, are also worth a visit. Neuschwanstein Castle and its neighbour Hohenschwangau are definitely worth a visit and are the gateway to a hilly, green landscape full of crystal clear lakes
2- The Amalfi Coast, Italy
A road trip in Italy has something unique and makes many people dream. The Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Europe. Of course, the trip can start with a visit to bustling Naples, before hitting the road and keeping an eye on the surrounding cliffs and mountains. The road trip then takes families or groups of friends through a series of incredible villages, some white, some colourful. Sorrento, with its port and picturesque streets, Positano clinging to its mountain, Amalfi with its Byzantine style Duomo and Ravello with its palaces. All these destinations have in common that they are surrounded by breathtaking nature and offer idyllic views of the sea. Of course, a road trip to the Amalfi Coast is always punctuated by sweet treats. Who still doubts the quality of Italian gastronomy?
3- Route 1, Iceland
Route 1, also known as the Circle Road, is the main road inIceland. It goes around the island and stretches for a little more than 1,000 km. Depending on the season, you can decide to travel it by van or with a tent in the car, but also to stop in cottages and hotels when the weather is more capricious. The adventure often starts in the capital Reykjavik, where we take the time to enjoy the architecture and the serenity that reigns in the city. Then, the road trip follows the highlights of Icelandic nature with the volcanoes and mountains of Landmannalaugar, the Skógafoss waterfall, the Vatnajökull National Park and its frozen lake of Jökulsárlónn, the eastern fjords and the craters that spew hot water around the village of Geysir. It is easy to understand that Route 1 is a must to enjoy the many treasures of Iceland.
4- The Transfagarasan Road, Romania
This road, which takes place in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, often appears in the rankings of the most beautiful roads in the world. Although it is only 90 km long, you have to be extremely careful when driving it and take your time, as the road zigzags through the beautiful Fagaras mountains. On the way, we stop to enjoy for several days the two unmissable places that are the Retezat National Park and the Cerna Valley Natural Park. In the first one, we can observe more than 60 peaks, glacial lakes and cross the road of lynx, bears, chamois and other wild boars. The second one reveals deciduous forests and endemic species. This road trip is an opportunity to enjoy nature in Eastern Europe. Be careful, the Transfagarasan road is inaccessible from mid-October to mid-June because of the snow
5- Touring the Isle of Skye, Scotland
In Scotland, the Isle of Skye seems blessed by nature. Between its wild coasts, its transcendent landscapes and its amazing geological formations, it is not surprising that it attracts thousands of tourists every year to enjoy its charms. Among the landscapes encountered on the island, it is impossible not to mention Old Man of Storr, an incredible monolith dominating a striking nature. We are then in the heart of the Trotternish peninsula, which is home to mountain ranges, lochs, cliffs and sea. The Strathaird Peninsula quietly reveals the Cuillin Mountains, lakes and animals that live in total freedom. Animals can be seen almost all along the journey, with the unavoidable seals of Loch Dinvegan. And then, among the other beautiful surprises of a road trip on the Isle of Skye, there is also the lighthouse which seems to be located at the end of the world on the site of Neist Point Lighthouse, and the colored houses which give a crazy charm to the small village of Portree
6- Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is a road that takes place in the southwest of Ireland. We have all heard about the beautiful landscapes of the country at least once in our lives, and this route could be the best way to understand why. The Ring of Kerry is approximately 200km long and offers unrivalled panoramic views of the Kerry mountains and the Irish coastline. Among the jewels of the route, the Killarney National Park, where you can leave your car or motorbike for a while to walk on the paths among the reliefs, lakes and old stones. You can also enjoy the view from the small cape of Lamb's Head on the beach of Derrynane, one of the most beautiful in Ireland. The Black Valley and Lake Cloon are other natural wonders to be seen. And don't miss the stops in the villages, with Waterville and Sneem, a small colourful village whose pubs offer traditional Irish dishes.
7- The Algarve, Portugal
A road trip to the Algarve is an excellent way to satisfy all your desires, all under the generous sun of this region of southern Portugal. First of all, you have the opportunity to follow the coast and to stop in the superb city of Faro, with its remarkable heritage and tempting cuisine. Faro also boasts small, heavenly beaches that rival the beauty of the Praia do Pinhao in Lagos. The Algarve coastline is also renowned for its superb seaside caves to explore, such as those at Benagil. You should also not hesitate to go inland to visit towns that are sure to catch your eye, such as Monchique. Located in a wooded area, the village has beautiful white houses, some of which stand out for their colour. Silves is another municipality with character. It is home to the largest castle in the Algarve, and the surrounding nature, with its Mediterranean flavour, is a gentle invitation to go hiking
8- The Troll Road, Norway
Head to the north of Europe and Norway to follow the Trollstigen, the Troll Road. This route full of myths and legends connects the towns of Åndalsnes and Valldal. As well as testing your ability to concentrate on the road, it offers a summary of the wonders to be found in the country with the Bispen, the Kongen and the Store Trolltind, impressive rock formations that you cannot get enough of. At another point, by taking the Ørnevegen, the eagle road, you climb to an altitude of 800 m to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Geiranger Fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, during the road trip, don't hesitate to park the car or the van to walk on the paths. In particular the one which, although physical, allows you to reach the beautiful waterfall of Stigfossen.
9- The Great Alps Road, France
France offers the possibility to organize various road trips. In the heart of the vineyards, along the coast or in the mountains. The Great Alps Road starts at the shores of LakeAnnecy and its translucent waters. Then, you pass through various passes to marvel at the high mountain landscapes. The Aravis, Iseran, Lautaret and Vars passes never cease to amaze travellers with their relief, fauna and flora. Then, what about the Mercantour National Park, with its waterfalls, its white water and the possibility to do many outdoor activities. We also take time to discover the heritage of Barcelonnette and to stroll in the mountain village of Bourg-d'Oisans. At the end of the journey, we reach the Mediterranean to finish with the warm colours of the facades that make the town of Menton one of the pearls of the French Riviera.
10- The Cantabrian coast, Spain
This is not the region of Spain that we hear the most about, but it is nevertheless full of wonders. Cantabria is particularly delightful for sea lovers, with a multitude of towns to visit to enjoy a relaxing environment. Somo, a small seaside resort, is a delight for surfing enthusiasts. Langre is another peaceful spot, between countryside and cliffs overlooking the sea. The city of Santander welcomes holidaymakers to stroll through its old town, see the royal palace of La Magdelana, eat seafood and go out to the bars. The next part of the route takes you through the beautiful landscape of the Dunas de Liencres Natural Park, one of the most important dune complexes on the Cantabrian coast, with an abundance of flora and fauna. Once in San Vicente de la Barquera, the road trip ends in the best possible way, with walks along the beaches and through the old town. Without forgetting to look back at the snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa.