PART 2 OF THE SERIES: BEST ROAD TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD
When it comes to road trips, Europe basically invented them. The Roman Empire was established with an advanced road system, apparently just to create the opportunity for the Grand Tour.
No doubt you have wondered what it would be like to take your own European highway adventure. From rugged coasts to sandy beaches. From rolling vineyards to massive Alpine peaks, Europe offers some of the best views nature has to offer.
Couple that with a variety of culture and incredible history, it’s no wonder so many tourists visit each year.
That’s why we have compiled some of the top suggestions for the best road trips in Europe. This is part 2 in our series Best Road Trips Around the World and features some of the best new travel writers tantalizing you to take one of these trips.
By Ingrid at Ingrid Zen Moments
The Amalfi Coast is by far one of the most scenic road trips anyone should take in a lifetime, so add it to your bucket list if you haven’t done it already. Endless winding roads twisting and turning along the blue sea and some of the most stunning villages in Italy.
While the road itself is not so long, you can start your trip from Naples and drive all the way to Vietri sul Mare or Salerno, stopping along the way in some of the most photogenic towns on the Italian Riviera.
From Naples go on a boat trip to one of Italy’s hidden gems: the Island of Procida, plan your stops in Sorrento, visit the ancient town of Pompeii, drive all the way to the popular Positano, take in the breathtaking views from Ravello, and skip the crowds in Vietri sul Mare.
It is worth knowing that the road is narrow and might get challenging especially in the full season when plenty of buses make their way from one end to the other of the Amalfi Coast. Another thing worth knowing is that this one particular road trip is not for beginners, but mostly for experienced drivers.
On top of that, finding a parking space can prove to be challenging particularly in the most popular towns (such as Positano or Amalfi), and prices can be very high.
by Martina & Jürgen from PlacesofJuma
A road trip through Montenegro is an unforgettable experience and a real insider tip for an exciting round trip. On a tour, you can expect a fabulous mix of sea, beach, culture, national parks, and mountains.
The best place to start your road trip is Kotor. Driving along the so-called Kotor Bay you will discover wonderful small coastal towns, especially Perast and its monastery islands and Herceg Novi is worth visiting. But you should not miss the old town of Kotor, a real pearl on the Adriatic Sea!
The journey continues to the Budva Riviera, where you can enjoy the unique beaches of the extra class. You should definitely make a stop at Sveti Stefan, a picturesque peninsula and famous photo motif. If you like, you can bathe here on the dream beach and enjoy the brilliant scenery from the sea.
Now the road trip continues into the mountains. On the way, you explore the Lovcen National Park and enjoy an excellent view from the Njegos Mausoleum. If you love the mountains you should plan your road trip even further. You will first drive to the famous Skadar Lake, the largest lake in the Balkans, and then continue through Moraca Canyon to Biogradska Gora National Park. Here numerous hiking trails await you.
As a highlight in Montenegro, you should visit the Durmitor National Park in the very north of the country, where you can ski in winter and hike in summer. On the way back you can plan a side trip to the Ostrog Monastery.
–Martina & Jürgen
by Jackie Rezk from Jou Jou Travels
A road trip through Northern Ireland is a must especially if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones where many scenes were filmed. To get here, fly into Belfast Airport and pick up your car rental. The perfect place to base yourself and have a unique experience is Ballygally as you will have the chance to stay in a castle! Ballygally Castle Hotel is located only 35 minutes from the Belfast airport and within close proximity to other highlights for your road trip.
For the road trip, be sure to first head to Ballycastle and explore the charming town center enjoying lunch at Thyme & co or Ursa Minor. After that, head to what might be the smallest castle, Kinbane Castle, and enjoy the beautiful views.
Next, drive to the Dark Hedges which you will recognize in the Game of Thrones. It’s an avenue of beech trees built by James Stuart to impress incoming visitors. Dunluce Castle is nearby – a ruined medieval castle worth stopping inside.
One of the most unique experiences could be walking across the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge connecting two cliffs if you are feeling brave. The Giant’s Causeway is also a noteworthy place to visit and one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland.
If you’re a nature lover and want to see some of the most scenic places, a road trip through Northern Ireland is highly recommended!
by Chrysoula Manika from Greece Travel Ideas
The Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece is connected to the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth. The Peloponnese has a wonderful mixture of villages, unspoilt landscape, beautiful beaches, and important archaeological sites.
The best way to explore the Peloponnese is on a road trip as there are good roads and you can stop wherever you want. The trip will take 10-12 days to see the essential places or longer to take life at a more leisurely pace!
The archaeological sites include Ancient Olympia, dedicated to Zeus the father of the gods, and a really significant site, Mycenae and Epidaurus are equally well-known sites and all are worth spending time exploring. Near Epidaurus is the Venetian Palamidi Fortress that has 913 steps to the top – and the effort is rewarded with amazing views. The ancient site of Methoni is said to be the birthplace of Zeus and it is fun to take the boat from Methoni to Sapienza to enjoy its untouched beaches.
Amongst the places to see on the middle peninsula of Mani is the main town of Areopoli with its pretty harbour. The tip of the peninsula at Akrotainaro lies just beyond. Gytheio is a pretty harbour with colourful buildings and a broad promenade and Navagio Dimitrios is the shipwreck that grounded just off Valtaki beach in 1981. The famous underground caves of Diros with their stalactites and stalagmites are best explored by boat.
by Arzo Reist from ArzoTravels
Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and also one of the best countries to road trip.
Switzerland really knows how to spoil road tippers – here is what you need to know before road tripping the country.
Switzerland´s roads are overall in good condition, making it pretty easy to drive. However, mountain roads can be a challenge for most people. The mountain streets are often very narrow, and several of the mountain passes are 2000+ meters above sea level.
Yes, driving might not be for the faint-hearted, but it is so well worth it! The window views are beyond amazing. The Alps are the prettiest in Switzerland, and it seems they do not want to hide. Keeping your eyes on the street is not easy, so plan in enough time for breaks.
You could spend weeks and months road-tripping but if you are short on time, check out these highlights of a Switzerland road trip (some are part of the Grand Tour in Switzerland).
– Driving around Lake Thun, especially the northern shores from Interlaken to Thun
– Take your time and explore the area around Lake Lucerne with stops at Weggis, Vitznau, and Lucerne
– Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken via the Brünig Pass and stop at the dedicated vantage point
– Plan to drive some mountain passes (some are not open in winter) like the Furka and Julier Pass, or Bernina Pass
– As beautiful as nature is in Switzerland, also visit towns (like Thun) and cities like Zurich or Lugano
Planning a road trip in Switzerland needs some preparation, but if you plan in enough time (at least ten days), you will probably experience one of the most beautiful road trips you can imagine!
Isle of Skye, Scotland
by Fiona Boyle from TravelingThirties
The Isle of Skye, located on the west coast of Scotland is a rugged, dramatic, and breath-taking place that leaves you wanting to return time and time again. It will feel as though you have left earth and headed to a mystical land far away.
If you love nature with a hint of magic, then the Isle of Skye is the place for you. From the fairy pools to Highland Cows and views that you will have to tear yourself away from there are plenty of things to do on the Isle of Skye.
The Isle of Skye is located two hours from Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Whilst, the Isle of Skye can be done as a day trip from Inverness it is recommended that you spend at least a night or two. You can choose to stay in the biggest town or Portree or in one of the remote areas of the Isle. However, make sure you book in advance. The Isle of Skye is a small place and is very popular among tourists and locals.
The best time to visit Skye is from May to September, the Scottish summer. The weather is milder and the days are longer which means you have more time for exploring.
Before arriving on the Isle of Skye you will come across Eilean Donan Castle, spare 20 – 30 minutes to visit the castle, and then cross the bridge onto the Isle of Skye.
When visiting the Isle of Skye you must visit Portree and explore the colourful harbor and the boutique shops and restaurants. Other can’t miss places are the fairy pools, the fairy glens, and the Kilted Rocks. The Old Man of Storr offers some beautiful hiking trails and some of the best views in all of Scotland.
Ring of Kerry in Ireland
by Anisa from Two Traveling Texans
The Ring of Kerry is a 111-mile circular drive in the southwestern part of Ireland known for the dramatic natural scenery and quaint towns. While it’s not a long road trip, you will want to plan a few days to explore the area because there is so much to see. Don’t worry there are plenty of charming places to stay near the Ring of Kerry.
Start your journey in the town of Killarney and head counterclockwise. The Gap of Dunloe should be your first stop. It’s a narrow mountain pass between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain that was created by glaciers. The landscape is rough, but it’s a good spot to get out and stretch your legs. If you are up for a challenge it’s a good area for cycling.
Next, it’s on to the scenic coastline. You will want to take a ferry to Valentia Island and also make a stop at the Kerry Cliffs. If you visit in the summer and the tide cooperates, you can take a side trip to the mysterious Skellig Michael, which has been featured in Star Wars movies. The remains of the monastery and most of the island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Be sure to book in advance.
The road trip wraps up in Killarney National Park where you can visit Muckross House, Ross Castle. and Muckross Abbey. You could also go for a hike to the Torc Waterfall or a kayak ride on one of the lakes. It would be easy to spend a full day exploring Killarney National Park.
Balkan Road Trip – Budget Adventure in Eastern Europe
by Phil from Journication
Compared to world-famous European travel destinations like Paris, London, Berlin, or Venice, Eastern Europe is for many travelers still a white spot on the map. Unjustly! This region and especially the Balkans are full of hidden gems and great things to explore.
Start your Balkan road trip in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina full of exciting history. Via Mostar with its famous bridge, you will travel to breathtaking Dubrovnik (Croatia), the pearl of the Adriatic Sea – world-famous not only since Game of Thrones. Afterward you drive through the southernmost fjord in Europe: the Bay of Kotor. Montenegro has some great landscapes to discover: The wild Durmitor National Park in the north and the long coast with countless beaches.
Via Kosovo, Skopje, and Matka Canyon you will reach Lake Ohrid, the Garda Lake of the Balkans. Afterward, Tirana and the fantastic beaches of Albania are waiting for you. With some time you can still include the impressive Meteora monasteries and the Greek capital Athens.
The Balkans are wonderful for backpacking or a road trip. With a road trip, you have full flexibility and can easily reach places that otherwise become difficult.
Look forward to cheap travel countries and delicious delicacies from Balkan cuisine.
Northern Italy’s Lakes
By Or from My Path in the World
A road trip through northern Italy’s lake district is a must-have on any Europe-lover’s travel bucket list. From the colorful lakeside towns to the surrounding scenic landscapes to the delicious food, the Italian lakes are pure magic.
The first stop is Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, which deserves at least 3-4 days of exploration. Wander through beautiful towns such as Sirmione, Malcesine, Limone sul Garda, and Riva del Garda, visit the nearby turquoise Lake Tenno and Varone Waterfall, and head south to the hidden village of Borghetto sul Mincio.
Next, spend a couple of days on Lake Como, which is known for its luxurious villas (and yes – you can visit quite a few of them!). Varenna and Bellagio are must-see towns on this lake, but there are plenty of other beautiful places to visit.
Before ending this road trip in the cute village of Orta San Giulio (on Lake Orta), spend a day or two on Lake Maggiore. The city of Stresa and the town of Cannobio will surely win you over, but don’t forget to take a ferry to the Borromean Islands to see the enchanting Isola dei Pescatori and the palace and gardens of Isola Bella.
Romantic Road in Germany
by Daniel and Ilona from Top Travel Sights
Driving along the Romantic Road in Germany is one of the best road trips you can do.
The Romantic Road starts in Würzburg, close to Frankfurt, and finishes in Füssen, just next to Neuschwanstein Castle. It goes past multiple medieval towns and villages, where you have the chance of admiring traditional German architecture. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most well-known towns along this road, and you can easily get lost in its Old Town for a day or two.
You can also discover multiple UNESCO world heritage sites on this road trip. Before you get in your car in Würzburg, make sure to visit the Würzburg Residence, a baroque palace.
The second UNESCO site along the way is the Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church. It’s one of the most famous rococo churches in Europe, and you should take your time exploring the stunning interior.
Once you reach Füssen, at the end of the Romantic Road, it’s time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Many believe that this castle inspired Walt Disney when he designed Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. You will need to book your entrance ticket in advance, but it’s well worth the planning.
The Romantic Road is only around 400 kilometers long, but due to the many attractions along its way, you should take at least a few days to explore it. Ideally, you’d have a week to properly see all of the medieval towns and castles this region of Germany has to offer.
–Daniel and Ilona
by Milijana Gabrić from World Travel Connector
Awe-inspiring Tuscany is home to some of the most beautiful towns in Italy like magnificent Florence, glorious Siena, and marvelous Lucca.
Tuscany is also home to some of the most picturesque Italian villages, gorgeous medieval hilltop towns, striking rolling hills, sweeping fields, celebrated Chianti vineyards, romantic castles, ancient fortresses, incredible villas in Tuscany, lovely farmhouses, adorable Tuscan countryside homes, delicious trattorias, and stunning wine cellars.
This enormously beautiful Italian region can easily be seen in a relaxing 10-day road trip. Fly to Florence or Pisa in Tuscany, rent a car at the airport, and head exploring this extraordinarily beautiful region by car.
Book a place in idyllic Montaione in central Tuscany in the middle of the Florence-Siena-Pisa triangle, and make it your base for your Tuscan vacation. Lucca Sienna, Pisa, Viareggio, San Gimignano, Volterra, Florence, and the famous Chianti area are within one or two hour drive from there.
The best time to go take a Tuscany road trip is from May to October. May and September are the best months for visiting Tuscany for perfect weather and fewer crowds. And the busiest months are July and August when the crowds come.
If you want to see one of the most beautiful regions in the world in one of the most amazing road trips ever, book your flight and head to Tuscany!
Photo: Pisa in Tuscany, Italy
by Tristan from Traxplorio
As with any good road trip, it is important to take care of a few things in advance. The most important thing is certainly to organize a rental car. When choosing a rental car, you should take your time and pay special attention to the insurance and other conditions.
On this Croatia road trip, we will also drive for short stops across the border to Bosnia. Therefore, this should definitely be considered when booking a rental car. Important preparation information can be found on this Croatia packing list.
Zadar – Krka National Park – Plitvice Lakes – Omis – Makarska – Kravica Waterfalls (Bosnia) – Mostar (Bosnia) – Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik Airport.
At the airport, the rental car is handed over, so that no time is lost. In Croatia, many roads lead along the sea, which allows you to enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful view even while driving.
The nature of Croatia attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. So do the first two national parks. The Krka National Park is especially famous for the possibility to swim in front of waterfalls.
With Omis, a rather unknown small town awaits you, but it has everything to offer that you could wish for. Here you can also do adventurous activities like zip-lining or rafting.
After the action, the road trip will continue to Makarska. Here are some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Croatia.
The next stops are in Bosnia. Here is a small national park on the way to Mostar. Mostar is a beautiful city. The old town has a very special charm and also in terms of culinary a lot to offer.
Back in Croatia, the medieval city of Dubrovnik should be visited. Among other things, it has gained worldwide fame through Game of Thrones. What’s wonderful about Croatia is that you can make as many stops as you like on this route and discover a new adventure every day.
by Joanna from the world in my pocket
Taking a road trip around the Cotswolds is one of the best ways to explore the British countryside. The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding national beauty (AONB) where you will find some of the most picturesque villages in the entire country.
The yellow limestone houses decorated with flowers, the small rivers passing through, and the rolling hills, are only some of the few things that make this area worth spending at least a long weekend in.
There are plenty of places to stop along this road trip. Most of the villages in the Cotswolds have large visitor parking lots. Some are free but limited to one and a half hours, some are pay and display.
Among the most beautiful villages to stop by along the way are Castle Combe, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Broadway. Each of the villages has plenty of attractions, enough to spend the entire day exploring them.
The Cotswolds is an area where you will also find amazing restaurants that are using the local produce to create mouth-watering dishes. The local Cotswolds Distillery is offering tours of their premises to learn how they make their famous gin.
If you visit the Cotswolds in summer, you must stop and enjoy some relaxing time at the Cotswolds Lavender farm.
Italy Road Trip – Rome to Venice
by Pamela Drager from The Directionally Challenged Traveler
Driving through Italy is at the top of many traveler’s bucket lists and for good reason. The incredible views of Tuscany, mouth-watering food, and pristine history makes it one of the best road trips in the world! Rome to Florence and Florence to Venice are only three-hour drives – perfect for one day of driving. By starting in Rome and ending in Venice, you can save money on rental car fees.
In Rome, public transportation is reliable and fast – making it easy to visit all the highlights including the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Roman Forum. Spend at least a day in Vatican City absorbing the monumental history.
After spending at least three days in Rome, head to Florence. While its reputation is for art and museums – including the Uffizi Gallery – there are so many things to see in Florence. The personality comes alive with live music coming from piazzas all over town. Head to the Piazza del Michelangelo for panoramic views of the city.
From Florence, head north to Pisa and then to Cinque Terre. The idyllic seaside area is home to five towns (hence the name) and incredible food. Spend at least one night here so you can see the incredible sunset on the Ligurian Sea.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of Cinque Terre, it’s time for a cross-country drive to the micro-country of San Marino. Depending on the time you have, you can visit Bologna as well. San Marino is often overlooked by visitors, but the castle at the top of the hill boasts incredible views of the countryside. It’s also the oldest country in the world!
From San Marino, continue north to the floating city of Venice. There’s no driving on the islands, so drop off your car and use the water taxis to get around. Cross the Rialto bridge, enjoy cicchetti at a waterfront restaurant, and wander through the canals on a gondola for a truly Venetian experience.
The variety of history, things to do, and breathtaking landscapes make Italy home to some of the best road trips around the world!
by Kerry from VeggTravel
Malta is an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Africa. At 316km squared, Malta is a relatively large island with many beautiful sights to explore.
A road trip around Malta is also easy. Within 10 minutes of picking up your rental car at Malta International Airport, you can be at the first beach. The Maltese drive on the left side, which will be welcomed by some, but also different for others.
To make the best road trip, this short Malta travel guide will ensure you discover some of the most beautiful beaches.
First, a unique stop off on your road trip is St Peter’s Pool in the South East of the Island. This ‘pool’ is a small bay etched into the rocks that you can jump into and swim out to sea.
The North of Malta is home to some of the best sandy beaches; Mellieħa Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa, and Golden Bay, and these are the most popular in the country.
A Malta road trip would not be complete without a dose of culture. Head to Valetta, the capital city of Malta where you can learn all about the Maltese torrid history.
Here you will find the impressive and ornate Grand Masters Palace, the Auberge de Castille which is a castle from the 1500s set atop a tall hill overlooking Malta, and old fortifications, just to name a few. Also check out the Mdina cathedral to the west for more stunning architecture, culture, and history.
If you still have time, you can take your car by ferry to Gozo island and explore Game of Thrones sites such as the red keep. There are so many things to do in Malta, this is one of the best road trips in the world.
by Nadine Maffre from Le Long Weekend
There are few places in the world more beautiful and varied than Provence, France. From the imposing Calanques on the coast to the rolling fields of lavender, to the hilltop villages and chateaux, it’s a landscape worth taking your time to explore.
For an all-encompassing experience, start in the historic town of Avignon, taking time to sample the food markets and art scene before you head off.
Then, wind your way through the magnificent Luberon Valley that’s studded with picturesque villages, ancient olive groves, and endless vineyards growing the local tipple – Provence rosé. Make sure to visit the famed antique markets of L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, and the stunning Abbey de Senanque.
Then make your way over toward the Valensole plateau, which, if you’ve planned your road trip right, will be blossoming with fragrant lavender fields.
Stop by the Lac de Sainte Croix for a swim among the dramatic scenery of the Verdon Gorge and visit the village of Moustiers Sainte Marie to see the Star of Moustiers dangling between the cliffs.
Make your way down to the golden city of Aix-en-Provence for your culture fix, hitting up the many museums and galleries within the old town centre.
And finally, head down to Cassis for seaside strolling along the cafe-lined promenade and hiking to pristine beaches in the Calanques National Park.
Côte d’Azur, France
by Denise from Chef Denise
The Côte d’Azur, or French Riviera, should definitely be on your road trip bucket list. You can drive from Menton at the Southeast Italian border along the Mediterranean Sea to Cassis in a day. But to see this area properly, you should plan on 5 days to a week to soak up the sun at the best beaches in France, explore the small seaside villages, enjoy the fabulous scenery, and taste the famous French food of the region.
Start in the colorful town of Menton, roaming the pedestrian street Rue Saint-Michel, and visiting the museums, gardens, and some of the best restaurants in the world (literally).
From there, on to Monaco. If you like glitz and glamour, you’ll feel at home in Monaco and may want to venture into one of the casinos. If not, take a quick walk-through and cross another country off your list.
After a stunning, windy 20 minutes you’ll be at Villefranche-sur-Mer, a charming coastal village. Don’t leave without finding the tunnel-like rue Obscure, a medieval street that was used to protect the townspeople from bombardment.
The next stop is the biggest city on this route, Nice. If you want to visit more than just the coast, Nice is a great place to make your hub. Stroll down the 7 km Promenade des Anglais, have a drink on the beach, explore Old Town Nice, and you just may not want to leave.
Between Nice and Cassis, you have many beautiful towns and will not be able to visit them all. Some of the highlights will be Antibes with its fortress and Picasso Museum, Cannes with its sandy beaches, and swanky Saint-Tropez. Spend at least a day in Cassis at the Parc National des Calanques where you’ll enjoy gorgeous vistas and amazingly blue water.
by Joanna from Andalucia in My Pocket
Andalucia is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. With a rich Moorish heritage, fantastic fortresses and castles, charming white villages, and plenty of golden sand coastline, you could spend a year road tripping around Andalucia and not see all of it.
A reasonable time to be able to get a taster of what this region has to offer would be around two weeks. The road trip would start in Malaga, where all the cheap flights land, and follow the coast west, passing by Tarifa, towards Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera.
Tarifa is where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, where you can walk between the two bodies of water. In Cadiz, you will experience the vibrant local life, whilst in Jerez, you will taste the sherry.
Turning inland, you will head over towards the most beautiful cities in Andalucia: Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada. Here you will see authentic flamenco performances, explore the most beautiful Moorish Palaces (such as the Alhambra), relax at the Arabic hammams, and taste delicious tapas.
A road trip around Andalucia would not be complete without adding a few of the white villages for which the county is so famous for, to your itinerary. Setenil de las Bodegas is the most unique white village of Andalucia because, instead of being built on top of a hill, it was constructed inside a canyon. The houses here are dug inside caves. You can spend the night in one of them, as many have been converted to B&Bs.
The Fife Coastal Road in Scotland
by Lavina Dsouza from Continent Hop
The Fife Coastal Road in Scotland is a 125 kilometres long road trip route that is popular for its sweeping landscapes of the Fife council area’s coastline. Either endpoint of this route includes the Tay Bridge over the Tay River on the north end and the Kincardine Bridge over the River Forth on the south end.
Both these rivers ultimately drain into the North Sea and the Tay Bridge itself serves as a beautiful spot to explore the estuary region and its flora and fauna.
This road trip along the Firth of Forth coastline is unlike any other in the world as it runs along the coast almost entirely. What is especially unique about this route is that it passes along a variety of Scottish landmarks, castles, beaches, and fishing villages.
Of these, the fishing villages in the East Neuk area seem lost in time and are especially mesmerizing with their commanding views of the North Sea. The Royal Burgh of Culross is another site worth a visit that falls on the Fife Coastal Route.
The woodlands along the way are also one of the many highlights of this road trip as they are home to Scottish pine trees, red squirrels, and the Scottish red deer endemic to this region.
The stunning vistas, changing terrain, food from Fife, and historical sites on this route make for the perfect road trip for anybody and everybody!
by Victoria Heinz from Guide Your Travel
A two-week road trip is ideal for Portugal and will take you to hotspots like Sintra, Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve. The best time for a road trip in Portugal is definitely summer when the weather is nice and warm.
If you’re looking for beautiful scenery then the south of Portugal is definitely the place to go. This area has incredible beaches and impressive cliffs which are the perfect photo opportunities.
You’ll love little seaside villages like Albufeira which is the ideal beach getaway. Further north you should visit the cities of Lisbon and Porto. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and has stunning architecture and great nightlife. This is a great spot for sightseeing and affordable dining.
Porto is known for its delicious port wine which you can try at one of the many wineries in town. The city is located by the Douro River so going on a river tour is an absolute must.
A road trip through Portugal has a little bit of everything and will leave you wanting to come back for more.
by Anca from Dream, Book, and Travel
While most people visit Austria for the best sightseeing tours of Vienna – Austria’s capital city, the iconic city of Hallstatt or skiing resorts, few realize this landlocked country in the heart of Europe has plenty of advantages as a road trip destination.
It is a relatively small country with great infrastructure, amazing landscape, a rich gourmet tradition, and a significant cultural history as the former center of the Habsburg Empire.
Austria’s main cities – Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz – can constitute reference points for planning a road trip that starts and ends in Vienna. Depending on interests and time, destinations such as the lake district in the heart of the Alps, skiing or thermal resorts, natural park destinations, farm stays, or castles can be added to the itinerary.
A round trip around Austria would cover a minimum of 1000 km and could be undertaken for a time as short as one week.
by Elisa from France Bucket List
The Route des Grands crus in Burgundy, in Eastern France, is one of the best French road trips. This tour from Beaune to Dijon or vice-versa explores some of the world’s most famous wines and also picturesque villages, and historical buildings. This road trip in France is great for sightseeing, wine tasting and for its stunning scenery.
The distance from Dijon to Beaune is less than 80 km but there’s no rush, especially when there are so many beautiful spots to see on the way! For this road trip, we recommend spending at least four days – one full day in Dijon, one full day in Beaune and two days exploring the sites in between – so you have time to learn about the history of this region and taste some wines.
The main stops of this route are Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vougeot, Gebrey-Chambertin and Dijon. Along the way, you will also find beautiful chateau-hotels that know how to treat you like a king or queen for no more than a 4-star hotel so it is worth spending an extra day in one of these hotels to enjoy its grounds and facilities.
We recommend taking the Route des Grands Crus during the shoulder seasons, Spring or Fall, when the crowds are gone and the temperatures are mild.
I have to apologize for this list. It would be impossible to choose just one. So your only choice is to retire early and spend the rest of your natural life road tripping around Europe.
I want to thank each of the writers for their contribution. Be sure to check out more of their suggestions on their respective websites by following the links in their submissions.
Admittedly, this list is not complete. Did you think of one that should be included in this list? If so, comment below and perhaps we can revisit this post in the future to include even more.
In case you missed it, part 1 in this series covers the best road trips in North America. And be on the lookout for part 3 in this series later this week.