23 Jun Best Road Trips in Europe
Best Road Trips in Europe
With summer just around the corner, those dreams of a leisurely European road trip – the one you never quite got round to – float back into your thoughts . With another great summer of unforgettable events and incredible weather ahead there is no better time to embark on that road trip of a life time – but where is the best place to go?
A favourite with motorheads from all over Europe, the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is a “must see” for those who love sports cars and motorbikes. The drive takes you through the Hohe Tauern National Park offering unbeatable views over the Alps, hair raising hairpin bends and an ever-changing landscape through one of the most beautiful parks of Austria.
The road is open between May and November and only takes around an hour to loop without stopping. However, with so much to see and so many opportunities to pull over and savour the Austrian countryside we recommend putting aside a whole day to enjoy the road.
The Verdon Circuit in Provine, France is stunning during the summer months and is the perfect way to enjoy one of the country’s most popular regions. The road begins in a small market town before quickly rising through the mountains alongside the spectacular Verdon Gorges – known as Europe’s Grand Canyon.
The drive is best reserved for experienced drivers with 2000 ft cliffs down into the canyon and a number of hairpin bends to navigate. While the drive can be completed within just over four hours – the breathtaking views, endless hikes and spectacular picnic spots will have you stopping more often than not and a day or two is recommended to really experience the drive.
Both the Monti Sibillini loop and the road between Spoleto and Norcia are famed for their beautiful driving experiences. The famous route through the mountains is a perfect tour through the heart of Italy, offering delicious foods, traditional towns and some of the best roads in Europe.
The drive should only take a couple of hours, however allow a day to truly sample the real taste of Italy, with a number of beautiful vista points to enjoy, as well as a selection of traditional stone-built villages. The area is best to visit between May and August when the local flora is in bloom.
Norway is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful views and many of the drives through the country offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy them. The Trollstigen (the Troll’s Ladder) route through the Rauma region is one of the most beautiful in the country and offers spectacular views of the mountains, rivers and cascading waterfalls.
The road follows 11 hair pin bends before dropping into the valley and the regular “vista points” give you the chance to take great pictures of the spanning gorge and the spectacular 1,050ft Stigfossen Waterfall. The route is only open in the summer months and vehicles over 4m long are banned – allow for three to four hours to enjoy the road and all the vista points.
For those of us looking to escape on a budget this year, the UK features some of the best roads in Europe including the UK’s answer to Route 66. Scotland is home to the popular North Coast 500 route which circles the Scottish coast offering spectacular views over both the coastline and countryside.
The best time to travel to Scotland – when the weather should be drier and the view clearer – is during the summer months, but a waterproof and walking boots are still essential. The route is 500 miles exactly and is best enjoyed over (at least) a long weekend to give you the chance to enjoy everything the journey has to offer.
If you’re looking at planning your summer 2016 road trip, why not call your concierge to see how we can help?