A Guide to Europe's Best Road Trips
By: Vicky Layton
Why not ditch your summer holiday poolside plans in favor of something a little more adventurous? Europe is rich in culture and history, making it the perfect destination for explorers. And what better way to view the land than a road trip straight through the heart of it all? This region is just made for road-tripping.
So, get the car started and prepare yourself for rugged coastlines and glorious country roads on a trip of a lifetime. Here’s a guide to Europe’s best road trips:
Rome – Venice
Distance: 540 miles
Italy’s probably known best for its fantastic food and wine, but behind all the pizza and prosecco, there’s also incredible scenery just begging to be explored. Its historic cities of Rome and Venice create the perfect road trip route, with iconic monuments and ancient masterpieces at every stop along the way. You’ll need to grab your travel pillow and home comforts to make your way along the picturesque coastlines, before dipping through remote valleys and lakes as you reach the tourist hotspot of Venice.
London – London (via Edinburgh and Cardiff)
Distance: 1128 miles
Get a real taste of what it means to truly delve into a country’s heritage when you take a road trip around Great Britain. This country is simply full to the brim with spectacular natural wonders and centuries-old landmarks. This road trip will take you from London across to Cardiff, before heading north to reach Edinburgh. You’ll glide through England’s quaint villages and winding country lanes to reach the beautiful Welsh coast. Then, your trip up to Scotland will see you pass the famous Oxford and Cambridge universities and other vibrant cities boasting everything from Georgian architecture to contemporary 21st Century art.
Roncesvalles – Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 423 miles
Spain is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers in Europe, but away from the bustling tourist areas of Benidorm and Barcelona, there’s a more serene side to this wonderful country. This road trip takes place in the north of Spain where you’ll find mountain top castles and medieval villages. Just think, it’s the stunning landscapes of Spain that inspired the great Picasso in his work. From feasting on fresh seafood in a sleepy coastal town to getting stuck into the heart of Spain at spectacular flamenco shows, this route offers something for everyone.
Würzburg – Neuschwanstein
Distance: 218 miles
If there’s only one road trip you ever take in your lifetime – let it be this amazing route in Germany. You’ll never see anything quite as remarkable as the towns of Germany. With idyllic cobbled streets and fairytale houses, some villages look like they’re straight out of a Disney movie. On this trip, you’ll experience the very best of what this country has to offer, from the dynamic town of Würzburg to the mesmerising castle of Neuschwanstein. Crooked streets and medieval walled towns also make for quite an impressive Instagram snap.
Arosa – Zermatt
Distance: 382 miles
Discover the natural beauty of Switzerland with a road trip through the outstanding landscapes and swooping hills. There’s a unique blend of cultures in Switzerland, which makes it feel even more like a journey through Europe than just a single country. From the pristine Alps to inviting lakes, Switzerland perfectly combines local traditions with cosmopolitan cities. The distances are manageable and there’s a variety of places to explore within a short radius, so you can view the very best of what Switzerland has to offer.
About the author: Hi! My name is Vicky, I’m a fashion designer, running enthusiast and occasional model. Fashion and design are and will always be my passions and I also love sports. I run a small, independent fashion and lifestyle blog called Tees And Fears, too.