Best Road Trips in Europe – The article belongs to the site European Best Destinations
You want to escape and discover the most beautiful landscapes, the most beautiful places in Europe? We have selected for you the best road trips in Europe. You can choose either to travel with your own car or rent one upon arrival at the airport. In both cases, an unforgettable holiday is awaiting you. Get ready to discover the most beautiful roads and the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
Get ready to cross the Amalfi Coast, Catalonia, the Croatian coastline from Dubrovnik to Pula or stroll along the Romantic Road in Germany. Experience freedom on the best roads in Europe.
- From Dubrovnik to Pula, Croatia
Everything starts from Dubrovnik! What a wonderful starting point for an unforgettable road trip in Croatia, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe! Rent your car upon arrival at Dubrovnik airport; the medieval city is awaiting you. It has inspired many film makers and many celebrities use to have their holidays there.
Book your accommodation in Dubrovnik for one night or two, fill up with petrol and enjoy a 5-star road trip through the country. The journey is not that long (about 8 hours), but we advise you to stop as often as possible to enjoy the beautiful Markarska, Bol and its beach ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Europe, but also the beautiful city of Split, Trogir and Sibenik.
Do not miss Zadar at sunset, or Nin (one of the most romantic cities in Europe). Walk along the coast and drive up to Rijeka, Opatija. Stop at Motovun and enjoy a truffle risotto and a drink in Rovinj, (Saint Tropez in Croatia). You can also book a few days in Pula, visit the Roman amphitheatre and treat yourself to a few relaxing days in a beautiful hotel before driving back to Pula airport.
- Madeira – Along the Island, Portugal
Madeira is not one but many islands; it is the main island but there is also the island of Porto Santo famous for its magnificent golden sand beach and the Desertas island (uninhabited except by a few seals).
Madeira is a perfect destination for a road trip. You can book your hotel, apartment, villa or guesthouse in Funchal, the main town of the island and visit Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Calheta, Porto Moniz and its volcanic pools classified among the most beautiful natural swimming pools in Europe, Sao Vicente, Santana and its traditional houses.
You can also climb to the top of the island by following the roads leading to Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, the highlights of the island. A new tunnel connects the north and south of the island; the traffic is very easy on the island of Madeira.
Do not hesitate to stop and walk in the magnificent Madeira Forest. We recommend the splendid Belmond Reid’s Palace where Churchill and his wife used to stay, or The Vine Hotel with its superb rooftop swimming pool. For nature lovers book your hotel in the south of the island at Quinta do Furao.
- Romantic road, Germany
More than 300 kilometres romantic landscapes are awaiting you. If you get to Germany by plane, stop at Munich airport and rent a car. If you drive your own car drive to Füssen, the starting point for this romantic road. Head to Wurtzburg via magnificent romantic villages such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Augsburg, Landsberg and Nördlingen. Book your accommodation in Bavaria for a perfect road trip in Germany.
- Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is certainly one of the most beautiful regions in Italy; it attracts travellers from all over the world every year. Start your trip in Florence and spend 2 to 3 days in the beautiful city by booking your accommodation. Head for Pisa and its famous tower, Lucca and San Gimignano. Spend one day or two in Siena and book your accommodation. Then head off to explore Bagnoregio, one of the best hidden gems in Europe.
- Atlantic Road – A mythical road, Norway
Is Bergen already the North of Norway to you? You will have to drive higher up to see the breathtaking landscapes along the Atlantic Road. It is only 8 kilometres long, but it crosses several small islands connected to bridges. Moreover, this road is free of charge. If you travel by plane, land at Kristiansund Airport; the Atlantic road is very near. Book your accommodation in Norway and make the trip a little longer by exploring Bergen or Oslo.
- Portugal Coast, Better than California
Land in Porto and enjoy a few days in the city and region; Porto is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Rent a car at Porto airport and start your journey from Pinhao in the Douro Valley; it is only half an hour’s drive. Book a one or two hours’ cruise on the Douro River and discover the vineyards. The Douro valley is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Come back to Porto to discover the coast of Portugal; do not miss Aveiro, (Venice in Portugal), then head towards Coimbra and admire one of the oldest universities in Europe. Drive along the coast, stop in Leiria and visit the fortress of Peniche on the coast. Stop in Sintra before getting to Lisbon and discover its magnificent castles and two very nice seaside resorts: Estoril and Cascais. You will soon arrive in Lisbon.
Keep on driving along the coast to Setubal down to the Algarve. It is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Discover Lagos, Portimao, Albufeira and treat yourself to a few days’ rest in Algarve by booking your accommodation as well as your best activities and tours in Portugal such as a sunset cruise along the Tagus River or a Douro Valley tour with wine tasting & lunch.
- Catalonia – The road to the sun, Spain
Catalonia is one of the regions most visited in Europe by travellers from all over the world. Do you know why? Because Catalonia is a dream destination with Cadaques, Rosas, Tossa de Mar, Girona, Palamos, Barcelona, Besalu.
The sun, sea, beautiful beaches, restaurants at affordable prices are awaiting you! Welcome to Catalonia! You can leave from Barcelona and drive along the coast through Tossa de Mar, Palamos, Rosas, Cadaques and back to Barcelona through Besalu and Girona. You will make an unforgettable holiday road trip in Spain.
Book your hotel, aparthotel, guesthouse, B&B in Catalonia and your favourite activities such as a VIP access to the tower of the Sagrada Familia, a ticket to Part Aventura Theme Park or a wine tour of Sitges and Montserrat.
- Budva – Kotor – Durmitor – Piva, Montenegro
You will enjoy amazing landscapes in Montenegro; they are as beautiful as the fjords in Norway!
Piva is on the border between Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina. Rent a car for a week from the airport,walk along the coast , enjoy the stunning scenery, stop at Budva and the sublime city of Kotor. Drive up to the hinterland and stop at the Durmitor National Park then go up the road to Piva.
- Ibiza – Discovering nature, Spain
When you hear about Ibiza you think of international DJs, parties and champagne… Forget all about it: Ibiza is also a paradise destination with unspoilt nature and stunning scenery.
Rent a car at Ibiza airport, leave your luggage in a hotel or book your hotel anywhere on the island of Ibiza. Come discover creeks with turquoise waters and pine forests the nature reserve of Ibiza, its orchards and unbuilt areas… You will love your road trip.
Book your hotel, villa, aparthotel or guesthouse in Ibiza at the best price, as well as your best activities such as a seabob jetski rental to discover the seabed of one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.
- Amalfi Coast – A 5-star road trip, Italy
Book your car at Naples airport, preferably a nice convertible, and treat yourself to an unforgettable road trip along the Amalfi Coast.
Be prepared to drive very slowly, the landscapes are stunning, so are the villages. Book your hotel, villa, guesthouse or Naples apartment and stop in the most spectacular villages of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello.
Make the most of your trip to Amalfi Coast by booking your favouriteactivities on the Amalfi Coast such as a visit to Pompei.
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