Cruise along the Amalfi Coast or snake through the hair-raising Alps: The best road trips in Europe revealed

  • There's incredible scenery to be seen on a road trip in Europe and a new infographic has suggested eight 
  • You can travel from France to Spain by driving through the Basque Country, trying the incredible food en-route
  • Alternatively in Italy, you can indulge in the best of the Amalfi coastline during a relaxed drive along the shore

Many great adventures start on the road but in a world ruled by GPS it's all too easy to whizz past the highlights.

Revelling in the journey, rather than just getting from A to B, a new infographic has been released to inspire holidaymakers in Europe to get behind the wheel.

The eight illustrated routes reveal some of the best road trips the continent has to offer with journeys through the Swiss Alps, along the Amalfi Coast and the Norwegian mountains featured. 

Alpine adventure 

If you love hiking or biking in mountain terrain, this is a route not to be missed. There's plenty of opportunity for both in the Stelvio National Park and South Tyrol along the way

With 180 degree bends, 48 hairpin turns and low barriers, Stelvio Pass in Italy is not one of the easiest drives but it is spectacular

The infographic, created by, offers journeys for just about everyone. 

For an alpine adventure, drivers should start in Livigno in Italy, travel through Switzerland and finish back in Italy in Bolzano.

You can immerse yourself in the great outdoors by exploring Stelvio National Park or hike through the mountains. 

If your tired muscles need a little respite, try the natural thermal springs in the South Tyrol. 

Driving the Autobahn 

If going really, really fast is what you want to do on a road trip, there's nowhere better than the German Autobahn. You can even squeeze in a little history in Berlin en-route

For those who like to travel fast, the infographic recommends trying Germany's Autobahn where there are long stretches of road without speed restrictions.

Start your journey in Hamburg and drive through Berlin before finishing in Dresden for the 475km trip. 

Along the way, you can also indulge in a little history by stopping at the remains of the Berlin Wall and pass through Checkpoint Charlie.

The Amalfi Coast 

The journey along the Amalfi coast might be a short one at just 40km but you can pack a lot in, including scooter tours in Sorrento or boat trips from Marina di Praia

Amalfi in southern Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, in part, thanks to its incredible coastline.

If you're road-tripping along the 40km route, start with a scooter tour of the coastline in Sorrento.

From there, travel on to Positano and Amalfi before finishing in Ravello.

Of course, food lovers should not miss some of the local fare and the fresh pasta comes highly recommended.

The Transylvanian circuit

You can't get away from vampire legends in Transylvania but when they include historic sites such as Bran Castle and Poenari Castle, the view could certainly be worse

Explore the legends of Dracula on this adventurous route in Romania.

The round trip from Bucharest to Corbeni and Brasov is 500km and will take you through some stunning scenery, including Lake Vidraru and the famously winding Transfăgărășan Road.

As well as learning about the background of vampire stories, there's also lots of historic architecture to see like the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest or Bran Castle and Poenari Castle.

Fine wine and gastronomy

There's plenty of good food and fine wines to be enjoyed on this route but if you feel like a work out, try a spot of surfing in Biarritz

Some of the best wines in the world can be found in Bordeaux and this trip starts there.

From France, you can drive through the Basque country into Bilbao in Spain.

Along the way, make sure you stop for the pinchos in San Sebastian - although there's plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from as well.

For a spot of culture, make the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao your last stop. 

Journey of Vikings

This road trip across Norway is not for the faint-hearted but you'll get to see glaciers,  waterfalls and plenty of coastline before visiting the fairy tale town of Alesund

Those who have a phobia of being underground should probably find an alternative route to the Laerdal Tunnel in Norway, which remains covered for a whopping 15.2 miles

The Norwegian adventure is the longest of the routes suggested but it will take you through the world's longest tunnel and across the seas via the Atlantic Ocean Road. 

It will be a test of your driving skill as the route also passes through The Troll Path, an almost impossibly twisted section of road that will test your ability to take sharp turns.

You will also get to experience some of the glaciers and waterfalls as well as see the Art Nouveau town Alesund. 

Romance in Germany

Driving through lush forests and passing charming old towns will certainly throw romance in the air and you could be spending date-night wine tasting

For a romantic drive, a journey from Wurzburg to Fussen has been suggested as the best way to take in the sights.

Your stops for dates can include wine tasting, an overnight in a medieval village or a visit to the zoo.

Of course, if those don't tickle your fancy, there's also stunning scenery to be found along the way. 

Glamorous Riviera

Glamorous Riviera has long been popular with the rich and famous and you will see plenty of supercars as drive up to the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco

The coastline of the French and Italian Riviera is perhaps one of the most glamorous routes and where you'll find the best examples of Mediterranean food.

In Monaco, just a short drive from Nice, where your journey starts, you can try your hand at roulette in the Monte Carlo casino. 

From there, drive across the border to the region of Liguria where you can finish the journey in Genoa with a spot of shopping in the Italian city.


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