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9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist

    

For many of us driving is a chore, a daily commute from home to work and back gets all boring and the bustling traffic of the cities makes it worse, but driving can be relaxing and refreshing as well provided that you’re on the beautiful roads of Spain, driving parallel to the scenic Mediterranean or when you drive past majestic waterfalls in Norway. Road trips are a perfect way to explore a landscape and enjoy the sights en route. During road trips, scenery that would disappear if you flew over it, or turn into a blur if you passed by in a train, is yours to enjoy at your own pace. You can hit the brakes at any place you like, click pictures at any background you like and halt at places of your choice. Here are few ideas to get you started with planning your own European road trip.

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Renting a car in Europe

There are many car rental companies spread across Europe. Some major rental car companies in Europe are Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, and Sixt. You can always pre-book a car using websites like Auto Europe and Kayak which let you find the best deals. Important things to keep in mind are that international drivers permit is required to drive in Europe and choosing different pick-up and drop-off location usually cost a drop fee of around €100-€300.

1. From Royal Palaces of London to Mighty Castles of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-2 London to Edinburg is a scenic drive passing through tiny villages, medieval old towns, and picturesque landscapes. It is a great way to explore the UK at your own pace covering many beautiful places to visit in the United Kingdom. Leave the hustle-bustle of the London city behind and mark your way towards Oxford, home of the world’s oldest English-language university and a great place to find irresistible British pubs. Head to the chocolate box cottages of Cotswolds, visit England’s most beautiful village, Castle Combe, before getting back on route. Cruise up to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare to get a feel of the old England. Drive to the Manchester city, two-and-a-half-hour drive, and catch a football match, then head to the quirky medieval alleys for York to explore the pre-industrial lustre. Drive through the lake district and admire the most scenic lands of England before making your way past country’s storybook villages to beautiful wonders of Edinburgh.

How Long: 5-10 days.

2. Drive along the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Málaga, Spain

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-3 Barcelona to Málaga is a scenic drive towards the south along the coast with a mesmerising view of the Mediterranean and layovers at beautiful port cities and ancient towns. After exploring the architectural marvels of Gaudí in Barcelona head towards the port city of Tarragona, stopping in between to capture beautiful pictures of the Mediterranean. Explore the Roman ruins, including a second-century amphitheater, and Roman tombs. You can also find delicious seafood restaurants along the beaches. From there, continue southwards, pass through wonderful medieval towns to reach Peniscola, known for its 13th-century castle. The walled city offers amazing coastal views. Next stop will be Valencia, a lively city with a vibrant nightlife and great food. Spend your night here, next day explore the medieval town, visit the futuristic building of City of Art and Sciences, and don’t forget to taste the Pallea before leaving for Granada. Granada is known for its Moorish architecture such as the stunning Alhambra. In a few more hours, you’ll reach the town of Málaga, which has nice beaches and blend of Renaissance, Moorish, and modern architecture.

How Long: 1-2 weeks

3. From the Fashion Capital of Paris to the historic Berlin

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-4 Paris to Berlin is a 1,000 KM journey and can be covered roughly in 10 hours but there are myriads of places worth visiting along the way that you can make a week or two long road trip out of it. After exploring the best places in Paris, head out to cruise through the rolling slopes of Champagne and Reims to reach the scenic Luxembourg City. From there, travel to Germany’s oldest city, Trier. Once a Roman establishment, Trier has stunning squares and monuments to discover. If you’re into wine, then you may travel along the Rhine river to reach the town of Bacharach. It is situated in the wine region and is a great place for an overnight stay on the way to Heidelberg, famous for its Heidelberg Castle. Next head onto the road for a journey to Nuremberg for a spot of medieval architecture. The city also has one of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in the world. From here make your way to Leipzig, a city famous for its cold war history and coffee houses. Known as the New Berlin, Leipzig is a vibrant, energetic and young yet it holds a lot of history. Berlin is just two hours drive from Leipzig and there’s a lot to explore in Berlin including the museum that holds the history of world war 2.

How Long: 1-2 Weeks

4. The unexplored North: Route One, Iceland

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-5 Route One or the Ring road is is a national road that circumnavigates the country and it passes right by a great many of Iceland’s most famous and top attractions. No landscape in Europe comes near the spectacular extremes of Iceland’s waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and geysers. And the best way to explore is from the great Route One road. The trip starts in Reykjavik, heading straight for the Blue Lagoon, country’s most famous geothermal lagoon and then, head out onto the Golden Circle. It is a short road trip in Iceland, and a quick way to see some of the best cultural attractions and waterfalls of Iceland. For the next day, we’ll drive along the south Iceland coast skirting the rocky vistas exploring places like Gljúfrabúi- the hidden waterfall, and Reynisfjara Beach. For the third day, you’ll be driving through the ash fields and walking on the diamond beaches before travelling north to explore the hot springs at Myvatn, and whale-watching at Husavik on the north coast. You can also visit the Westfjords and Snæfellsnes peninsula before heading back to Reykjavik.

How Long: Allow a week to 10 days

5. Exploring the Arctic fjords: Bergen to Trondheim, Norway

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-6 The road trip to Trondheim from Bergen brings to you a perfect blend of the Norwegian countryside, scenic mountains, and majestic fjords. The journey Bergen to Trondheim will take you along fjords, over beautiful mountains, and besides stunning waterfalls. Start your journey in Bergen and make your way through mighty fjords to Voss and the colossal Tvindefossen waterfall. Drive through the world's longest road tunnel and catch a ferry to cross the Sognefjord. Drive past glaciers and snowy mountain peaks, to the waterside towns of Stryn. Along the drive stop at the scenic viewpoints with incredible fjord views. Continue up towards Geiranger fjord also known as the real jewel of the Norwegian fjords, You can spend a day taking in the amazing waterfalls, The Seven Sisters. Drive the curves of the Atlantic Road, conclude your journey in beautiful Trondheim with its still waters and stilted homes.

How Long: 4 to 7 days

6. From Vienna to Salzburg to Innsbruck, Austria

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-7 Road trip from Vienna to Innsbruck via Salzburg is the best way to explore the famous cities of Austria whilst also passing through some beautiful rural landscapes along the way. Steep hills, majestic mountains, and sparkling lakes await in this amazing road trip. After exploring Austria’s capital, drive along the scenic route through the Berchtesgaden area heading towards Salzburg. Along the way, visit the beautiful Lake Königsee. Reach Salzburg and take a day or two to explore the stunning baroque architecture with alps in the background before heading out for Hallstatt, a picturesque town is nestled between a mountain range and a gorgeous lake. From there drive to Innsbruck through scenic Ziller Valley.

How Long: 12-15 Days

7. Drive along the Golden beaches of Greece

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-8 Islands hopping is great but a road trip in Greece is no less. Start in Athens and drive on the coastal roads through the Athenian Riviera to Sounion, located at the tip the Attic peninsula. Watch a sunset at the Temple of Posseidon, then drive northward, passing through mythic mountains to the fortress of Kórinthos before reaching the legendary city of Mycenae. Enjoy a luxurious seaside stay, at the resort town of Náfplio then move forward through the spellbinding landscapes to Mystra, the cultural and political capital of Byzantium. Then it’s on to Olympia, to explore the mystic ruins of Delphi. End your trip by getting back to Athens, approaching the city from the north.

How Long: Allow a week to 10 days. Recommended: 10 Best Places To Visit In Greece

8. The shores of Sicily, Italy

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-9 Start your journey in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, one of the biggest historical centres in Italy and arguably the country’s most chaotic metropolis. Drive onwards along the Tyrrhenian coast to the golden sands of Cefalù – a great holiday spot for families, with a mellow medieval town and some of Sicily's finest beaches. Head to the island’s heartland and the ancient city of Enna. situated amidst cliffs on all sides, and built atop a majestic hill, the place looks more like a set of Games of Thrones. Head southeast to the shores of the Ionian Sea and dock in Siracusa, once the most important in the western world while under ancient Greek rule with much of its historic architecture intact. At last drive up to Catania for a trip to explore molten Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano on the entire European continent.

How Long: 6-12 days.

9. Scenic Roads from Amsterdam to Brugge

9 Most Scenic Road Trips Around Europe To Add To Your Wishlist-10 A day trip from Amsterdam after you’ve strolled along the canals, feasted on cheese, stroopwafels, and poffertjes, you might want to go on from Brugge to explore other cities in Belgium. The three and a half hour drive along the coastal route takes about an hour longer than the inland route. From Amsterdam, drive South towards Den Haag, The Hague, home of the Dutch Parliament, and the International Criminal Court. Set on the North Sea, the city offers several museums and landmarks dating to the 11th century. Next city along the way is Middelburg, founded in the 9th century, the city has been restored to its original style after bombing during World War II. Reach your final destination, Brugge, you’ll want to spend a few days exploring the city of canals, culture, and medieval buildings. Its background includes Roman settlements and Viking invasions before its settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries.

How Long: 5- 10 days.

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