Norway: The 63 from Geirganger to Trollstigen
There is no place in the whole continent that does jaw-dropping-scenery as well as Norway. The hardest part of planning a driving holiday in this Tesla-loving nations is picking which scenic road you want to speed down. The country has 18 National Tourist Routes unspooling from the sunny south to well north of the Arctic Circle. The most strange of this rides may take stick-jockeys around 11 hairpin turns, past waterfalls, along fjords, and through the verdant Geirangerfjord valley, which is the only spot en route where it’s well-advised to press the pedal all the way down.
Switzerland: The Furkastrasse from Zurich to Pontresina
Love speed & hate oxygen? Call Ultimate Drives, rent that Aston-Martin, & roar through Stelvio, Bernina, and San Bernardino, three of Switzerland’s most scenic alpine passes. Yes, you do recognize the winding Frukastrasse from the chase scene in Goldfinger and, yes, you should splurge on a nice hotel. After spending your day gaining momentum, enjoy at the Grand-Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, a five-star European classic with sweeping views of the mountain peaks.
France: The Route-Napoleon startingDigne to Grasse
One of Europe’s best drives, the journey from the lavender-scented Dignes-les-Bains in southeastern France to the ville of Grasse on the Cote d’Azur, happens to follow the path traveled by Napoleon on his return from exile on the Italian island of Elba. “The road’s curves are usually enough to challenge a driver,” says Olivier Chavaren, the founder of the European tour-company-Coloratour. “Around every bend is another stunning view of the Alps, it’s a thrilling driving experience.”
Croatia: The 414 from Orebic to Trstenik
Istria & ancient cities tend to hog Croatia’s press, but the country has much more than its fair share of beautifully planned and maintained roads, which run along the Adriatic in the less-visited south.
Ireland: The R558 Around the Dingle Peninsula
Hire a vehicle from Shannonairport or Cork (we’d recommend a Land Rover, the road is rough in spots) and depart for a clockwise route around Ireland’s rugged Dingle Peninsula. “There are sandy beaches, ancient archeological sites, early Christian heritage, and mountain walks as well as surfing and other outdoor activities,” Darren McLoughlin,Irish photographersays , a fan of the area.
Greece: The Distomou Iteas between Athens and Delphi
The peninsula route is the long way between the popular tourist cities, but well worth the detour. The asphalt threads through the rocks, up and over scenic lookouts, and along the top of cliffs that drop straight down to the sea. feel free to use the above top 5 roads in europe for an awesome ride to various destinations across this continent.
Wherever you’re driving in Britain or France, it’s a good idea to carry some cash. The reason for this is threefold: First, older gas stations may still be on a cash-only basis. Secondly, there are many toll roads, which you will need to pay for in cash. And thirdly, in many countries (France, for example) tickets are “on the spot,” which means that if you get pulled over the officer is going to expect you to pay him immediately! Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but it’s good to be prepared.
Now that you’ve got a leg up on driving in Europe, be bold! European drivers may seem reckless and aggressive, but in fact they’re accustomed to their way of doing things. So as long as you obey the rules, pay attention, and pull over when you’re asked, you should be fine.