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Top 10 European Road Trips

 

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By Beth Judd
June 07, 2017

10 European road trips to put on your bucket list
...in your favourite Classic car!

 

1. Autobahn – Germany


Autobahn – Germany

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Germany’s legendary highway system, with its nearly non-existent speed limits lures driving enthusiasts from across the world to its tarmac. The Autobahn is almost 13,000 kilometres long, pedal to the metal throughout. (Except in urbanised, substandard, accident-prone, or under construction areas). The route is littered with lovely picturesque German cities & towns for you to stop off and visit en route.

 

2. Amalfi Coast – Italy


Amalfi Coast – Italy

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Take in the best of the Italian scenery by driving along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Follow the amazing coastal road and see the impressive views of the Tyrrhenian Sea combined with the incredible architecture of southern Italy.

 

3. Trollstigen – Norway


Trollstigen – Norway

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This beautiful mountain pass is recognised as being one of the most scenic drives you can take in all of Europe, however it is probably even better known as the go to place to spot some wild Trolls! Trollstigen, better known in English as the Troll’s Path, is a striking route that takes you from stunning mountains to glorious waterfalls as you travel through the heart of Norway, just make sure to keep an eye out for any pesky trolls that might try to disrupt your journey.

 

4. La Route des Grandes Alpes – France


La Route des Grandes Alpes – France

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Driving through the high alpine snow-capped mountains of France may seem a little daunting at first but the route was built solely for tourists so they could drive a scenic route through the region. This path is filled with picture perfect spots, taking you through 4 national parks, 16 mountain passes and the beautiful Geneva Lake so don't forget to pack your camera.

 

5. Transfagarasan – Romania


Transfagarasan – Romania

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The meandering roads of the Transfagarasan mountain highway has an average peed limit of just 25mph - due to its hairpin turns and steep climbs. The twisting roads pass through the Carpathian mountain range where you can take in the astounding views the Arges River gorge, historic viaducts and the castles and architecture that hasn’t changed for centuries. A stop you can’t miss is the Poenari Castle, famous for its connection to Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Count Dracula. Another is the Bran Castle, commonly called Dracula’s castle, another supposed inspiration for the location of Bram Stoker’s famous novel.

 

6. Glen Etive – Scotland


Glen Etive – Scotland

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The Scottish Highlands make up for some of the most idyllic drives in all of the United Kingdom, however most visitors only want to frequent one specific site. The spectacular, jaw- dropping views of Glen Etive. Made famous by two particularly popular film franchises. The drive attracts huge numbers of visitors who want to see where films such as James Bond Skyfall and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 were shot.

 

7. Stelvio Pass – Italy


Stelvio Pass – Italy

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Another Alpine route famed for its beauty and hairpin turns is the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The route was featured in Top Gear in 2008 where it was named as the “greatest driving road in the world” (however was later beaten to the top spot by another route on this list – the Transfagarasan highway in Romania). Nevertheless, the Stelvio Pass remains one of the most important pilgrimages for all car enthusiasts to visit. The route also takes you to close to where some of the most iconic car chases in cinema have been filmed, such as that memorable opening scene from The Italian Job, or if you head north across the Swiss boarder you can go along the Furka Pass, where James Bond pursued Goldfinger in his glorious Austin Martin DB5.

 

8. Ring road – Iceland


Ring road – Iceland

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The ring road gets its name because it circles the entire country of Iceland, starting and ending in Reykjavik. This means you can see all of the dramatic landscapes the country has to offer, from fjords, geysers and volcanoes to traces of Viking history still remaining. The Landscape is always changing with new things to explore and discover everyday of your trip.

 

9. Athens to Olympia – Greece


Athens to Olympia – Greece

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Travel the roads of the Greek gods from Athens to Olympia and see the remarkable locations that you learnt all about in school. Starting in Athens you can drive along beautiful coastal roads while stopping off to explore the ruins of iconic historic locations such as the Pantheon to the Temple of Hephaestus. Visit Sparta, see the gorgeous olive groves, take in the glorious sunsets and finishing the journey off at Olympia and see where the ancient Greeks took part in the first ever Olympic games.

 

10. Ring of Kerry – Ireland


Ring of Kerry – Ireland

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The ring of Kerry is the best way to see what the Irish countryside has to offer. The route takes you from mountains, though medieval villages, along stunning coastline and plenty of traditional pubs to grab a pint of Guinness in, (but we don't recommend you drink & drive obviously). While you are there try to go for a walk along the Kerry Way one of the best walking trails to be found on the Emerald Isle.

 

Our Wild Card: Bordeaux – France


Bordeaux – France

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For anyone who appreciates good food and wine then Bordeaux is the place to be. Packed with Michelin-starred restaurants and vineyards with wine-tasting courses it is the perfect place to indulge, just make sure to make plenty of BnB reservations for sleeping off hangovers and food comas.

 

 

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