Europe is home to some truly spectacular roads and they are waiting to be discovered! Why not hire your dream car and head over the English Channel for the drive of your life? Sometimes you don’t even need to go far; a number of the most rewarding driving holidays are on our doorstep in the UK. We’ve selected 10 of the best driving holidays in Europe to help inspire you.
1. The French Riviera
The Cote d’Azur provides the perfect backdrop for a driving holiday that incorporates glamour and beautiful scenery. A sporty attention-grabbing convertible such as a Ferrari California is an ideal car for zipping through Route Napoléon’s sweeping bends and along the Riviera’s numerous beach resorts and hilltop towns. Once you reach Monaco, you can head inland to the heart of Provence.
2. Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire Countryside, UK
In southern England, you can sign up for ‘Driving Days’ – managed events that offer a full day’s on-road driving on a route through the Herts, Bucks and Beds countryside. Be James Bond for a day and drive one of an alluring Aston Martin range, including the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the stunning Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Enjoy the open roads and stay in a boutique hotel to ensure that perfect anniversary or birthday weekend.
3. Central Swiss Alps
Escape the summer heat and cruise through the heart of the Swiss Alps. A Mercedes would be a good choice to take in the beauty of Lake Lucerne, maneuver the steep valleys of the Susten Pass, and sweep through the alpine village of Grindelwald. Stop off to try the local cheese made in the medieval town of Gruyères.
4. The Southern Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Take a summer spin along the southern Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik. The dazzling deep blue waters will make it hard to keep your eyes on the road. A Porsche would be an ideal way to experience this coastal drive. The jagged cliffs drop straight into the sea and ensure the dramatic scenery and views are distracting in the best possible way.
5. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
Experience the seemingly endless summer sun on Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road, a high-octane, 8km stretch trailing over the sea – sometimes unsettlingly close to it. It is built on several small islands and rocks, which are connected by causeways, viaducts and eight bridges from which seals and whales can be spotted off the coast. Base yourself in Molde and enjoy all the outdoor activities and Fjordland scenery the region has to offer.
6. The Scottish Highlands
A driving holiday in the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic way to blend legend and natural beauty. A Range Rover Sport is the perfect way to experience all the terrain as you experience mist-shrouded lochs, cavernous valleys, quiet beaches and ancient castles. Glencoe is home to the award-winning Clachaig Inn, a 300-year-old farmhouse surrounded by mountains and a great place for lunch or a bed for the night.
7. Transfagarasan Highway, Romania
Passing over Transylvania’s Fagaras Mountains, the Transfagarasan Highway is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. In fact, when it featured on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson claimed it was “the best road in the world” due to its hairpin twists and turns. They tested three cars and the best performing marque on the show was a Lamborghini Aventador. A Lamborghini is a stylish and fun way to get you to the medieval towns and countless castles of the region.
8. Tuscany’s Hilltop Towns
There are so many sights to see in Tuscany, it can be overwhelming, so it’s probably best to explore three or four towns in depth and then conclude your road trip in Florence, an essential stop. Either way, driving through the rolling countryside full of the area’s distinctive cypress trees is a unique pleasure. Don’t miss the wonderful hilltop town of Pienza, famous for its streets crammed with restaurants and shops selling its speciality pecorino cheese. Alternatively, have a picnic in the Tuscan hills outside the main towns.
9. The Cotswolds, UK
Hiring one of Britain’s finest luxury cars, such as the Bentley Continental GT is the perfect way to explore the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds. Defined by its age-old dry stonewalls, rolling green hills and charming villages, it’s a relaxing part of England to drive around rural lanes.
10. Ice Driving, Sweden
Have you ever thought about driving a Porsche Carrera at full speed on a frozen lake? Believe it or not, the ultimate driving experience awaits you on Sweden’s frozen lakes with the assistance of their most experienced driving instructors and the highest-quality protective gear. The skills you learn on the ice will be invaluable to driving back home, but with that extra kick of adrenaline you don’t usually get on your average morning commute!