This is a collection of the best road trips in Europe we experienced so far at our home continent Europe. (There are a lot more and I´m sure we will do a lot more in the future.)
So far: Trust us that the following road trips are the ones you definitely shouldn´t miss while being in Europe.
First Things First: What is considered a great road trip?
a) The landscape is one of a kind.
b) You can enjoy nature and see special places.
c) The roads are interesting. We don´t talk about driving down a boring highway hundreds of hundreds of kilometers. We want to have fun on the road. This means that sometimes the roads can be a little bit challenging like the narrow roads in Ireland or the winding roads up to a gorge or in the mountains.
Our Ideal Road Trip
We like doing road trips with a campervan as often as possible. Here are some reasons why you should consider it too: Reasons For Traveling And Living In A Campervan.
As for Ireland: We always booked the car in advance and picked it up at Dublin airport.
Ireland with its green and wild landscape is the perfect place for a road trip. After getting used driving on the left side (which isn´t as hard as you might think) you will enjoy the rough coast, narrow roads protected by a canopy of trees and the famous stone walls.
Duration: 7 days
Best Time: Summer or winter – if you are comfortable driving in winter time (with the possibility of some snowflakes during the road trip) you can do it in winter too. We were there in February having a great time because there were only few tourists around. In case you don´t want to drive in winter, (Note: always check the weather forecast) summer means more tourists and the sights can be a lot more crowded.
2. France – Along the Lavender Route
The Lavender Route in Southern France is the place if you like the color and the smell of the purple flowers. But it´s not the only reason why you should do a road trip along the Lavender Route at least once. The road is winding up along one of the largest gorges in Europe. The turquoise water of the Verdon flows slowly between the cliffs and you can take a rest at the different lakes along the road which we highly recommend.
(We included some information about a road trip to the Provence – see 5. Provence, France)
Duration: you can do the route in a couple of hours but we enjoyed our time and it took us 3 days.
Best Time: July and (beginning of ) August
Driving along the coastal highway in Croatia, you can´t do anything wrong. There are many stops and places to enjoy. The only downside driving the coastal highway in Croatia that it might take some time (a lot of time) because of certain speed limits.
Duration: 1 week
Best Time: Summer if you want to swim, otherwise the whole year.
If you like challenging roads and heights you will like the winding roads in the Austrian Alps. You find the best roads definitely in Tirol. Some of them include the Timmelsjoch between the Ötztal and South Tyrol, the Hahntennjoch between Imst and the Lechtal or the Hochtannbergpass between Vorarlberg and the Lechtal.
Best Time: Summer. In late fall (depends on the weather) and winter some of the roads are closed.
5. Provence, France
While driving the Lavender Route we wanted to see more of the Provence. Therefore we drove to the ocher town Roussillon, along the famous Gorges de l’Ardèche (which was too crowded for us) and to the Cascades du Sautadet, where we enjoyed the day swimming and cliff jumping.
Duration: Route de Lavande 3 days plus 2+ days for Roussillon, Cascades du Sautadet
Best Time: Summer
This was one of our spontaneous weekend road trips. 48 hours. From London to Stonehenge and the Blackpool Illuminations. Do you know the “Blackpool Illuminations”? If not, check out the post below the picture.
Duration: 48 hours
Best Time: End of October, November
“The journey is the destination.” – Dan Eldon
When I think about it, I would love to go back to the Provence and to Ireland. This are my favorite road trip destinations so far. What was your favorite road trip in Europe so far?