the best 25 European road trips

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Author Alessandro 8 October 2022
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Studying the map, tracing the route with your fingers, calculating distances and kilometers, discovering the best spots, and choosing where to stop. A road trip is an experience that remains etched in your mind and heart.

In this guide, I want to take you with me on a journey to discover the best 25 European road trips.

For each of my trips, I kept maps and diaries, and I decided to share with you the best excerpts to give you some inspiration for your next vacation!

Europe has some truly incredible but still underrated (unfortunately or fortunately) tours for those looking for an adventurous road trip in the old continent.

But I won’t go on any longer. Let’s start exploring the most beautiful on-the-road itineraries in Europe! 25 ideas for a road trip on a motorcycle, car, or camper in Europe.

Thebest 25 European road trips in Europe

The best 25 European road trips to be traveled at least once in a lifetime.

In this article, I decided to exclude the beautiful Italy, as I have covered it extensively in the article The Best 15 On-the-Road Itineraries in Italy.

France: French Riviera Tour

Francia: French Riviera Tour
Francia: French Riviera Tour

The first road trip in Europe I want to recommend is the French Riviera tour, from Menton to Cannes, on breathtaking roads that will leave you speechless.

Let’s start with Les Corniches, three panoramic routes that wind along the French Riviera, ideal for a European road trip among the sea, wild nature, and the renowned villages of the French Riviera.

The Lower Corniche, built around 1860, follows the Côte d’Azur with villas and villages overlooking the sea. The Middle Corniche is a scenic road carved into the rock that offers wonderful views of the sea. On the Great Corniche, the most panoramic of the three, Alfred Hitchcock filmed part of To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The future princess lost her life in a car accident on these curves.

Start from Menton, make a stop in Roquebrune Cap Martin, Cap d’Ail, La Turbie, Eze, and Cap Ferrat, where you can admire the splendid landscapes and take a beautiful walk among rocks and nature along the coast.

Continue to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, which has one of the most beautiful coastal walks, and finally Cannes, famous for the film festival and its beautiful promenade.

France: Provence

France: Provence
France: Provence

Another all-French road trip, through natural parks and villages scented with lavender, good food, and wine tastings, is the Provence tour.

Let’s start from Avignon, pass through Gordes, a splendid perched village that was the location for the film A Good Year, make a stop in Roussillon and Rustrel, where we can walk along beautiful ochre trails (in Roussillon) and the Provençal Colorado (in Rustrel).

Continue to the splendid village with a castle of Lourmarin.

Visit Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and here let’s take a break to admire the stunning calanques to the east and west of the city and take a walk along the seaside, with a view of the Château d’If, famous for the novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

Continue along the coast to Camargue towards the beautiful, wild, and immense Piemanson Beach, admire the free-roaming animals in the nature park: the white horses of Camargue, the famous bulls of Camargue, and the flamingos that come to feed in the salt marshes.

Make a stop in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a sacred city for the gypsies from all over Europe.

Go back to Arles and take a break to visit this splendid fortified city.

Move slightly northeast for a visit to the troglodyte village of Baux-de-Provence. Continue north to Pont du Gard, the famous Roman aqueduct.

Conclude our tour with Bollène, which is home to the second troglodyte village worth a visit.

France: Col de Turini

Third road trip beyond the Alps, famous for the Tour de France and the Monte Carlo Rally, is the Col de Turini Road: a concentration of hairpin turns and winding roads, suitable for those who are not afraid of curves and heights.

Among the most legendary roads in Europe, it offers breathtaking landscapes as it crosses the 25-kilometer pass that connects Lantosque, in the Vesubia Valley, to Sospel, in the Bevera Valley, between the municipalities of Moulinet and La Bollène-Vésubie, in the French Maritime Alps. These landscapes will stay with you forever.

France: La Route des Grandes Alpes

France: La Route des Grandes Alpes
France: La Route des Grandes Alpes

We now arrive at the fourth road trip in France.

This on-the-road journey in France, spanning almost 700 kilometers, crosses the French Alps from north to south, allowing you to explore the mountains of France with their astonishing natural beauty, passing through 4 national parks and 16 mountain passes, 6 of which are above 2,000 meters in altitude.

Created by connecting existing roads with new segments built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, it starts from Thonon-les-Bains and reaches Menton after surpassing a total altitude difference of 25,713 meters.

You will travel through the national parks of Vanoise, Écrins, and Mercantour, as well as the regional natural parks of Bauges and Queyras.

The route from Col des Gets encounters, in order, Col de la Colombière, Col des Aravis, Les Saisies, Cormet de Roselend, Val-d’Isère, Col de l’Iseran, Val Cenis, Modane, Col du Télégraphe, Valloire, Col du Galibier, Colle del Lautaret, Serre Chevalier, Briançon, Colle dell’Izoard, Guillestre, Vars, Colle di Vars, Barcelonnette, Colle della Cayolle, Col des Champs, Valberg, Col de la Couillole, Col Saint-Martin, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Col di Turini, Sospel, Col de Castillon, and finally Menton.

Please note that since the route is mostly at high altitude, the Tour on La Route des Grandes Alpes is recommended during the summer. Additionally, several alpine passes may be closed in winter.

France: Route Napoleon

France: Route Napoleon
France: Route Napoleon

The fifth road trip in France that I want to recommend retraces the historic route of 314 kilometers taken by Napoleon Bonaparte in his return from the island of Elba in 1825.

The car route, marked by statues of the French imperial eagle, starts from the town of Golf Juan in the municipality of Vallauris, where Napoleon landed on March 1, 1825, and reaches Grenoble, leaving the sea behind and crossing the French Alps, offering truly breathtaking panoramic views.

You will pass through Antibes, Grasse, Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey, Castellane, Digne, Sisteron, Gap, Col Bayard, Corps, La Mure, Laffrey, and Grenoble.

France: Nord, Normandia e Bretagna

France: Nord, Normandia e Bretagna
France: Nord, Normandia e Bretagna

We have now reached the last and, in my opinion, most wonderful road trip in French territory, full of history and retro charm.

Start from the high cliffs overlooking the endless beaches of Calais. Head southeast, cross the Pont de Normandie, and pass Honfleur. Continue your journey to the beautiful medieval town of Bayeux.

Proceed to the fortified city of Caen, the city of William the Conqueror, who built the fortress and the two abbeys, Men’s Abbey and Women’s Abbey, here. Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, the D-Day landing beach, and the Pointe du Hoc with its bunkers.

Take some time to explore the Cotentin Peninsula, the most beautiful and unknown coastal area in France.

Enjoy a view of Mont Saint-Michel, where the famous abbey is located on an islet that becomes a peninsula at low tide.

Make a stop in Saint Malo, famous for its impressive city walls. Visit the Pink Granite Coast and take a break in Finistère, between cliffs and lighthouses at the westernmost tip of France.

Explore the Quiberon Peninsula thoroughly, reach Belle-Île, and sail in the Gulf of Morbihan, which has over 40 small islands. End your journey by strolling through the beautiful coastal village of Le Croisic.

Switzerland: the Grand Tour

Svizzera: il Gran Tour

Between alpine passes, mountain lakes, and majestic hairpin bends, Switzerland, a popular destination both in summer and winter, offers beautiful scenic roads for a road trip.

Nature lovers will be enchanted by its landscapes. Those who prefer cities can visit traditional villages, get lost in the old town of Bern, or plan a stop in the modern city of Zurich.

The most comprehensive itinerary takes at least 10 days and covers 1,600 kilometers, 22 lakes, five alpine passes above 2,000 meters, and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites: it’s the Grand Tour of Switzerland that gathers the best of the country through three different itineraries.

Start from Zurich heading towards the Rhine Falls, the largest in Europe, and the picturesque town of Stein am Rhein before reaching St. Gallen. Continue to Davos, home of the World Economic Forum in the Grisons Canton. Cross the Engadine and arrive in Lugano. Then head to Ascona, along the shores of Lake Maggiore, and depart for the Furka Pass with its breathtaking hairpin bends.


Switzerland: Oberalppass

Just before the Furka Pass, if you turn towards Sedrun, you will encounter another alpine pass that winds through the legendary and imposing Swiss mountains, in a long and winding route through a spectacular natural scenery: it’s the Klausen Pass. Here, every 4/5 years, the Klausenrennen car race takes place.

Continue the Grand Tour of Switzerland with the Furka Pass and its countless hairpin bends.

Incredibly beautiful yet dangerous, this road becomes a real roulette when wet with rain and snow, especially at night. Therefore, it should only be attempted by experienced drivers and with extra caution!

Arriving in Täsch, we pass Zermatt and head north towards the Valais Canton to reach Montreux, but before that, we divert to Gstaad.

We pass the Lavaux Vineyards and Lausanne to reach Geneva, where I recommend a visit to the Gruyère district and Fribourg, the City of Bridges.

Next, we visit the picturesque Neuchâtel, Lake Biel, and Saint Peter’s Island.

We touch Bern, Interlaken, Thun, Emmental, and Entlebuch, until we reach the Lake.

The Oberasp Pass is an asphalted stretch that connects the Valli della Reuss and del Reno, among the most beautiful roads in Europe. In winter, it is closed to traffic due to snow and is used as a ski slope.

Slovenia: road trip in the green country

Slovenia: road trip in the green country
Slovenia: road trip in the green country

Slovenia is rich in natural reserves with forests and silent valleys, mountain peaks, and crystal-clear lakes, as well as some untouched coasts waiting to be explored. It is the ideal destination for those seeking a nature-focused and off-the-beaten-path road trip, through natural parks, lakes, caves, and charming towns and villages.

If you want to discover the best of this country, located between Western and Eastern Europe, I recommend starting with the Predjama Castle, which seems to have come out of a gothic fairy tale.

Nestled in a 123-meter-high rocky wall, it is among the most fascinating castles in the world. In the surrounding area, you can visit the Postojna Cave.

Heading north, make a stop in Ljubljana. Take a stroll along the river among the outdoor café tables, admiring the elegant buildings of the historic center. Don’t miss a visit to the castle that overlooks the city from the top of a hill.

Continue northeast and make a stop at the Vintgar Gorge, where you can walk on a system of wooden walkways that follow the course of the Radovna River between high vertical rock walls until you reach the Sum Waterfall.

Indulge in an excursion to Lake Bled, walk along the paths that surround this fairy tale-like body of water, and reach the island with a rowing boat.

The next stop is the Triglav National Park, with Mount Triglav and the Peričnik Waterfalls, the most beautiful in Slovenia. Among them, a visit to Slap Savica with its 60-meter drop and, nearby, the less touristy Lake Bohinj, navigable by kayak, is certainly worth it.

Continuing towards the Italian border, you will find the Tolmin Gorges, a very deep canyon crossed by the clear waters of the Tolminka River. Continue north to the source of the Soča River (or Soca in Slovenian). This rather challenging route will lead you to the source cave: a small natural pool with turquoise water.

The final stop of our car journey in the Slovenian hinterland is Kranjska Gora: a resort located between the Julian Alps and the Karawanks. Here, you can ski in winter and go hiking in summer. This is also the starting point for getting a close look at the Martuljek Mountains and reaching the summit of the Vršič Pass.

To complete our experience, we can visit the beautiful coastal towns of Slovenia. The most characteristic is Piran, in Venetian Gothic style, with beautiful pebble beaches and thermal centers nearby.

Spain: Costa Brava Road Trip

Spain: Costa Brava Road Trip
Spain: Costa Brava Road Trip

For those who have more days available and are not afraid of long distances, Spain is the right destination.

The first itinerary I suggest starts from Barcelona and reaches Port Lligat.

Head north. Visit the historic center of Lloret de Mar, Palafrugell, Begur, and Pals. Reach Púbol with the 11th-century Gala Dalí Castle, purchased in 1968 by the surrealist painter as a gift for his wife Gala, and Figueres, Dalí’s hometown and home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum.

Indulge in a swim in the beautiful Bay of Roses, then make your way to Cadaqués, a fishing village with white houses that captivated Dalí, Picasso, Garcia Lorca, Miró, and Paul Eluard.

The final stop of this road trip in Spain is Port Lligat, with the Dalí House-Museum.

Portugal: On the Road from North to South

Portugal: On the Road from North to South
Portugal: On the Road from North to South

Portugal is a classic destination for road trips in Europe and the perfect place for those who love sun, sea, and history.

Long and narrow, it’s perfect for a car journey to discover surfer paradises, medieval villages, unspoiled nature, and cities with decadent charm. You can explore it all in a couple of weeks.

You will find fascinating cities, small villages, and numerous panoramic spots to stop along the way. You can alternate days on the sunny Atlantic coasts with excursions in the wild forests of the Algarve and visits to medieval villages.

I recommend starting from Braga and stopping in Guimaraes, a small city of Celtic origin. From here, head south towards Coimbra, a UNESCO heritage site, and Porto, where you can taste the famous wine.

Make a stop at the <a href=” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Batalha Monastery</a> to get closer to the sea towards Nazaré and Obidos, and stop at Cabo de Roca to admire the sunset over the ocean.

Head towards Sintra, a UNESCO heritage site, which was a summer retreat for European nobility who built majestic palaces and villas here, including the famous Pena National Palace with its fairytale atmosphere and extravagant shapes.

Discover the hills of Serra de Sintra and from there, visit the nearby charming coastal town of Cascais, just thirty minutes from Lisbon.

Spend a few days in the melancholic capital Lisbon, with its viewpoints, vintage yellow trams, and steep uphill streets to explore on foot while admiring the azulejo-covered palaces.

Head south towards Vila Nova de Milfontes, staying on the coast, and towards the Southwest Alentejo Natural Park, passing through Zambujeira Do Mar, a small fishing village with marvelous beaches, and Odeceixe, famous for its white houses.

Continuing south, you’ll come across the Arab-origin village of Aljezur, the Arrifana Beach, a strip of sand in a beautiful cove, ideal for surfing, and the wonderful Bordeira and Carrapateira Beach.

From here, you’ll quickly reach Cabo Sao Vicente, Sagres, and Lagos, with cliffs plunging into the ocean, whipped by winds and waves, and then Albufeira with its long sandy beaches, once a fishing village, now a beach resort with a lively nightlife.

Finally, Faro and Tavira, a town on the eastern side of the Algarve, on the banks of the Gilão River, close to the border with Spain.

If you have extra time, venture inland and visit the historic city of Evora Alentejo.

Germany, along the Autobahn

Germany, along the Autobahn
Germany, along the Autobahn

Germany boasts beautiful scenic roads such as the Fairy Tale Road, the Romantic Road, and the German Alpine Road, but if you have time and want to explore all of Germany, simply get behind the wheel on the Autobahn: the German highway system that spans 1,000 km and connects Cologne to Berlin, with stops in Düsseldorf, Muenster, Bremen, Hamburg, and other beautiful cities.

The German autobahn is a dream for motorists. The roads are in excellent condition, there are no speed limits in non-urban areas (although it is recommended not to exceed 130 km/h), and there are no toll stations (although you need to purchase a vignette, valid for one year or a shorter period of time).

Germany: Romantische Strasse

Germany: Romantische Strasse
Germany: Romantische Strasse

The Romantische Strasse is a splendid road trip for lovers.

The Romantische Strasse traverses the heart of Germany through its green countryside, medieval villages, romantic towns, ancient cities, and baroque and Gothic monasteries and churches.

The itinerary was created in 1950 by combining different landscapes after the moral and economic collapse caused by World War II.

Along the 370 km route, the landscapes change from the Bavarian Alps near Füssen to the gentle Main Valley around Würzburg. To properly visit the most important and beautiful places along the Romantic Road, you will need at least one week.

The itinerary of the Romantic Road from south to north stops at Fussen, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Wieskirche, Rottenbuch, Schongau, Landsberg am Lech, Augsburg, Donauwörth, Harburg, Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Feuchtwangen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Creglingen, Weikersheim, and ends in Würzburg.

You can travel the Romantic Road by car, motorc2ycle, or camper, or by cycling along the beautiful bike path that will reveal every secret of this enchanting part of Germany. Finally, the Romantic Road is also suitable for hiking enthusiasts: for the walking itinerary, you should plan for 3 to 4 weeks.

Along the route, you will encounter romance and dreamlike atmospheres. This road trip in Germany is truly the perfect setting for a marriage proposal or a honeymoon on the road.

Germany: Route B500

Germany: Route B500
Germany: Route B500

Let’s stay in Germany to recommend this beautiful road that offers motorists an incredible view, as well as an effortless journey through the mountains: the Route B500, which crosses the heart of the Black Forest.

The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse or Route B500 traverses this splendid mountainous area with pine forests, meadows, valleys, and green mountains, bordering France and Switzerland.

It stretches for about sixty kilometers and climbs up and down between mountains ranging from 600 to 1000 meters in height.

The first section is fast and smooth with a fantastic view of the forest from both sides. At times, it enters dense pine forests. Higher up, near Hornisgrinde, there are several viewpoints with convenient parking lots from which to admire the breathtaking panorama.

In the final stretch, the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse delves into the depths of the forest through dozens of narrow hairpin turns.

The route can be crowded, as it is one of the most important roads for the region, so if you choose this itinerary, keep that in mind when planning your trip.

England: Military Road (A3055)

On the spectacular Isle of Wight, the A3055 itinerary, also known as the Military Road, runs from Chale to Freshwater Bay.

The scenic road follows the coast in all its splendor, and the road trip allows you to enjoy the island in the best possible way.

England: Great North Road (A1)

England: Great North Road (A1)
England: Great North Road (A1)

In England, don’t miss the A1 or Great North Road, which crosses the lush and beautiful English countryside.

Near Newcastle, you will encounter the gigantic sculpture by Antony Gormley, The Angel of the North.

Road Trip in Ireland

Road Trip in Ireland
Road Trip in Ireland

Ireland, with its cities, small fishing villages, and long coastal roads, is another ideal destination for a road trip in Europe.

Depending on the number of days you have available, you can decide whether to visit the entire island, which would require 2-3 weeks, or just a part of it.

I recommend spending a few days in the main cities: Belfast and Dublin.

The city of Belfast, with its political history, is worth a visit to discover the Northern Ireland conflict.

Stop in Dublin for at least a couple of days to experience its atmosphere and enjoy a few hours in one of the city’s over 800 pubs!

If you love books like me, don’t miss a visit to Trinity College: the Long Room houses over 200,000 books.

From October 1, 2021, it will be necessary to have a passport to travel to Northern Ireland, even though there is no physical border if you decide to cross the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland by land.

You will still be outside the borders of the European Union, and not only will you need to have your passport with you, but I also recommend taking out health insurance because you will not be covered by the National Health Service.

Northern Ireland: Causeway Coastal Route

Northern Ireland: Causeway Coastal Route
Northern Ireland: Causeway Coastal Route

In Northern Ireland, you will find one of the most scenic roads in Europe, the Causeway Coastal Route, which connects Belfast to Derry-Londonderry: 279 km along the majestic coast of Northern Ireland, through epic landscapes in the wild nature, silent valleys, picturesque fishing villages, grand cliffs, and enchanting beaches.

Romantic cottages and fairytale castles will make you fall in love with the Emerald Isle, such as the ruins of Dunluce Castle, the elegant Mussenden Temple on the cliff, and Rathlin Island accessible by boat.

The road, included by Lonely Planet in the Best in Travel 2018 list, features unique places such as the legendary Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns plunging into the sea, and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge suspended over the ocean waves.

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way

Continuing along the western coast, you will travel the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest marked coastal route in the world.

A staggering 2500 kilometers of cliffs alternating with long white beaches, picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses, and castles.

Do not miss the part of the Ring of Skellig, a narrow and winding road that starts from Ballinskelligs and reaches Portmagee, surrounded by golden fields and lush green meadows.

Ireland: Ring of Kerry

If you have a few days, you can limit yourself to driving the Ring of Kerry: this route offers you a complete glimpse of everything Ireland has to offer.

The Ring of Kerry is a loop of about 200 kilometers that crosses green moorlands, bays with white sand, and endless views of the ocean.

You won’t encounter any famous destinations. Only the true Irish atmospheres and natural landscapes. A wonderful itinerary that winds through the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest of the island.

You can travel by car, bicycle, or on foot, to not miss any glimpse of the green countryside, fascinating castles, and Tudor-style mansions. And let’s not forget the mysterious lakes populated by legendary creatures.

Starting from Killorglin, you continue towards Glenbeigh, a bog village, and Rossbehy Strand. Here, 5 km are occupied by a large dune from which you can see the Dingle Peninsula.

You reach Cahersiveen and Leacanabuile, a Bronze Age fortress, and return to the main road from which you can reach Valentia Island to admire the panorama of Beginish Island, Cahersiveen, and Duulus Head, or the Skellig Islands, a natural paradise and home to monks.

You pass the seaside town of Waterville, climb the Coomakista pass to admire the meadows and moorlands of Kerry, and continue towards Sneem along the main road. Finally, you descend towards the Derrynane House.

Norway, from South to North

Norway, from South to North
Norway, from South to North

If you love breathtaking views, a summer road trip in Norway is perfect for you. You will find modern but human-sized towns and lots and lots of nature.

The itinerary I recommend starts from Bergen, a cutting-edge city where you can spend at least a couple of days to savor its atmosphere and visit its numerous museums, including the KODE Art Museum.

From Bergen, you can also visit some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords such as the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord. If you love trekking, I recommend a guided hike on the Trolltunga plateau, one of Norway’s most spectacular rock formations, suspended 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.

The trek on the Trolltunga plateau is recommended for experienced hikers. You will see breathtaking views, but you will have to traverse a via ferrata, and it is advisable to choose a guided route. If you love adrenaline experiences, don’t miss the cable car route through the Trolltunga mountains.

Continuing north, you will arrive at Ålesund, an Art Nouveau-style town and the starting point to visit the fjords of the northwest and the Geirangerfjord, where the Seven Sisters plunge, towering waterfalls that cascade along the rocky walls of one of Norway’s most stunning fjords.

From the nearby Andalsnes, you can reach the Trollstigen, the Troll’s Road, one of the most stunning roads to drive in Europe, with 11 hairpin bends winding through the high mountains.

From here, you can reach the lively town of Trondheim via the Atlantic Road.

From Trondheim, taking the train to Bodø, you can embark on what is defined by Lonely Planet as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

In the north, you can visit the Lofoten Islands and the Vesterålen Islands, or the more rugged Senja Island, where you can stay in rorbu, the typical Norwegian fishermen’s cabins, and engage in numerous outdoor activities.

Finally, you can conclude your road trip in Norway by reaching Cape Nord.

Norway: Trollstigen (State 63)

Norway: Trollstigen (State 63)
Norway: Trollstigen (State 63)

Cold Norway guards its hidden sides here, in one of Europe’s most beautiful driving routes: the Trollstigen, a beautiful itinerary of 106 kilometers that crosses western Norway, offering breathtaking views of dizzying waterfalls, steep mountains, deep fjords, and fertile valleys.

Since its inauguration in 1936, the Trollstigen has attracted tourists from all over the world.

With a 9 percent gradient and 11 tight hairpin bends, the Trollstigen connects Langevatnet to Åndalsnes, passing through the Geirangerfjord, the world’s most famous fjord, protected by UNESCO.

You can admire the panorama from Flydalsjuvet and Ørnesvingen or the Eagle’s Road, make a stop at Gudbrandsjuvet, a bridge over a rocky gorge.

The most exciting stretch is undoubtedly the one with 11 tight hairpin bends winding through the high mountains of Kongen (the King), Dronningen (the Queen), and Bispen (the Bishop), their names foreshadowing their majesty.

The itinerary ends in the village of Åndalsnes, immersed in one of Norway’s most fascinating landscapes, along the shores of the Romsdalsfjorden and a short distance from the Isfjorden.

The village is one of the ports of call for cruises in the Norwegian fjords. The Trollstigen Road is open from May to October.

Norway: Atlanterhavsveien

Norway: Atlanterhavsveien
Norway: Atlanterhavsveien

Slightly longer than 8 kilometers, the Atlanterhavsveien or Atlantic Road, is an astonishing architectural marvel full of bridges and winding curves: a perfect blend of nature and human craftsmanship that connects several islands along the Norwegian coast.

Often, the ocean waves break against the structure during storms, creating unique atmospheres in the world. An experience not to be missed on what is rightly considered the most dangerous road in the world.

Romania: Transfagarasan (DN7C)

Romania: Transfagarasan (DN7C)
Romania: Transfagarasan (DN7C)

Considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world, the Transfagarasan is a beautiful and winding route that crosses the Carpathians and its natural reserves, dotted with splendid architectures reminiscent of bygone times, immersed in nature. From Transylvania to Wallachia, to the Balea glacial lake.

Built between 1970 and 1974 by Ceauşescu to allow Romanian troops to cross the Carpathians quickly in case of a Soviet invasion, the road connects the regions of Transylvania and Muntenia.

The 252-kilometer-long road starts from the city of Bascov, near Pitesti, passes through Curtea de Arges, and winds through the highest mountains in Romania, offering breathtaking views.

To the north, the landscape is arid, while to the south, green valleys follow one another.

You pass through natural reserves until you reach the Balea glacial lake to end near the city of Cartisoara.

There are many tunnels and viaducts on this winding road that snakes through numerous hairpin bends.

Remember to travel in summer: during the winter months, the road is closed due to difficult weather conditions.

Iceland: Ring Road

### Iceland: Ring Road
### Iceland: Ring Road

Here we are at the end of this guide. Let’s finish with one of the most beautiful and beloved European road trips by travelers from all over the world: the one in Iceland.

The Ring Road is the main road that crosses the country.

You start from Reykjavík and, following a circular route, you return there after seeing glaciers and waterfalls, fishing villages and geysers.


The 25 Most Beautiful Road Trips in Europe: Conclusion

Our review of The 25 Most Beautiful Road Trips in Europe ends here.

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