Plan on seeing Europe by car or bike this summer? If so, you’ll want to know about the most photogenic overland travel routes in Europe before you head overseas.
Fortunately, we have done most of the mental work of finding some of the most outstanding routes on the continent; all you have to do is pick which one is best for you and your travel companions.
1) Atlantic Road, Norway
Though it only clocks in at a paltry 12 miles long, the Atlantic Road in Norway has gained a great deal of buzz in the travel media for the scenery that it packs along that small length of road.
From bridges with ridiculously high arches, to rocky isles that the routes wends through on its way to Utheim on the island of Averoy.
Exposed to the unsheltered Norwegian Sea in places, this road needs to be experienced during stormy weather to be properly appreciated, though clear days will yield equally impressive views of snowy peaks on the mainland as well.
2) Transfagarasan, Romania
Built as a statement of power by the Communist government of the day, the Transfagarasan in Romania has been traversed by some of the best travel instagrammers due to the extremely steep, bendy, and scenic nature of this highway.
This road is not for those that get queasy at the first sight of marginal driving conditions, as many of the steep slopes along this mountain pass lack guardrails of any kind.
Dozens of hairpins, long S-curves, and steep descents will test your patience, but don’t be in a rush, as the alpine views here are priceless. Just be sure to pull well off the road to be courteous to fellow motorists.
3) Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
Stretching more than 2,500 kilometres along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is exposed to the full fury of one of the world’s bigger oceans.
This makes for dramatic sea cliffs, lonely but incredible beaches, and locals that are as authentically Irish as any you’ll meet in this friendly country.
4) Grossglockner Hohenalpenstrasse, Austria
Looking for a road trip through some of the most dramatic mountains in the Alps? The Grossglockner Hohenalpenstrasse in Austria will take you to the heart of the most spectacular natural attractions in this part of Europe.
From age old glaciers to co0lourful alpine meadows, you’ll be slowing your motorcycle to the side of the road more than a few times throughout your trip along this unforgettable route.