Petrol-heads all over the world dream of cruising down a winding mountain top in their super fast cars. In fact, many travel the world in a quest to make this dream a reality, with their journey, often, leading them to Europe. Here we take a look at five of the best and most exhilarating driving routes that Europe has to offer.
Must-Drive Routes in Europe: San Bernardino Pass
Voted the best driving road in the world by the Top Gear team, the San Bernadino mountain pass sits up at 2065 feet in the Swiss Alps. Famed for its smooth surface, stunning views and the odd hair-pin bend, it’s certainly not a route for the faint-hearted.
Jeremy Clarkson and co may have had the benefit of experiencing this road in a Lamborghini, a Porsche and an Aston Martin, but it is, no matter what car you’re in, undeniably awesome.
Must-Drive Routes in Europe: The Atlantic Road
Running through a number of small islands, the Atlanterhavsveien is a well-known route in Norway. It’s only five miles long but, thanks to the awesome views, tourists flock from around the world to drive it. Complete with bending bridges, smooth roads, and the bright Norwegian sun, it’s easy to see why the visitors keep coming back.
Must-Drive Routes in Europe: The Nurburgring
If you’re brave enough to take some driving lessons on this one, you’ll be just one of many others who pay to experience the thrill of this race track turned road every year. Made up of two parts – the south and the north loop – the north loop remains open to the public. The south loop, however, is reserved only for the professionals.
The Nurburgring has been home to the Grand Prix, 1000 km Nurburgring and the 24 Hours Nurburgring. Over the years, it has undergone a number of changes to make it safer, and in 1984 the new Nurburgring – the GP-Strecke – was built.
Must-Drive Routes in Europe: Col de Turini
We’re heading back to Switzerland to discover the awe of the mountain pass, The Col de Turini. Another of Top Gear’s favourites, this road – part of the Monte Carlo Rally – runs through the Alps, and is a narrow mountain pass which requires the driver’s absolute focus. It may look beautiful from a distance, but this road certainly takes no prisoners.
Must-Drive Routes in Europe: The Amalfi Coast
Unlike the others on the list, you can relax and unwind as you cruise down the mountain side towards the glistening coast. Stop off at the small towns along the way to experience the local culture and cuisine. Although not a favourite for high speeds and hair-pin turns, this route does have its fair share of bends and narrow stretches, so the Amalfi has something for everyone to enjoy.
This guest post was written by Isabelle Guarella. When she’s not dreaming about going on a road trip, you can find her writing at PassSmart.com.