Best European Road Trips that You Must Take – PART TWO
Are you a fan of a good road trip where you can experience most of the region that you’re visiting? If you’re looking for some road trip inspiration, keep reading – we bring you more of the best European road trips that you must take in your lifetime.
In case you missed the first part of this blog post click the following link and enjoy: “Best European Road Trips that You Must Take in Your Lifetime – PART ONE“
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Amalfi Coast, Italy
If you love Italy and the seaside and you want to go on a road trip around this country, the Amalfi coast is the perfect place to visit — especially in springtime. Spring is the golden season on this part of the Italian coast. It’s when orange flowers and jasmine are blooming, the weather is perfect, and the sea is warm enough so you can take that first dip of the season. Plus, there aren’t that many tourists so you can enjoy all that in peace. Amalfi coast is very interesting, it’s perfect for a road trip — you’ll get to experience plenty of its charming towns. Start your trip in Vietri sul Mare, a small town near Salerno, and then go west towards gorgeous Positano. Positano is definitely the most beautiful stop on this road trip, so we left it for the very end. You have to see its colorful houses set on the cascading cliffs and those winding roads in between them. Before you get to Positano, make sure to stop in Praiano, Amalfi, and Ravello — other spectacular villages on this amazing road trip.
Stunning Amalfi Coast, Italy
Positano, Amalfi Coast
Portugal is another amazing country with beautiful coastal cities, that simply must be explored. In Portugal you will find everything: so many historical places for you to explore, extraordinary culture, gorgeous beaches, and natural surroundings, cuisine and wines you’ll love, and it’s home to warm and welcoming people that will make your stay even better. If you’re up for a road trip, we recommend starting in Porto — the second largest city in Portugal and the northernmost on our list. This city is rich with historical and cultural places and thus it earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site title. Head south from Porto to Aveiro — Venice of Portugal, and explore its streets and canals. After that, we recommend you visit Coimbra and its amazing university, which is known to be the oldest university in Europe. Visit the calmest capital in the world — Lisbon, and the nearby Sintra — fairy-tale place nestled on the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. Keep driving along the coast and you’ll get to the final destination Algarve — one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal, with so many cliffs, caves and sandy beaches in between them to be discovered.
If you’re interested in reading more about gorgeous Portuguese destinations, read one of our previous blog posts and enjoy: “7 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Portugal“
Streets of Lisbon, Portugal
Algarve, Portugal’s Coast
Atlantic Road from Bergen to Trondheim, Norway
Norway is a country with amazing natural surroundings — it has the longest coastline in the world, lined with many fjords, islands, islets, and bays that are just perfect for a road trip. Start at Bergen and go up North, along the coastline, towards Trondheim. You will cross many bridges, and go through many tunnels that connect all of the islands along the coastline. We recommend making stops at some of the most famous fjords, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, that are even listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are a few ferry rides that you might want to take, or even cruises — it’s especially amazing to admire the fjords while sailing among them. Be sure to explore the small towns and villages that you’ll stumble upon on this road trip — they’re quite amazing. While you drive further North, you’ll get to the Atlantic road — about 8 kilometers long road that crosses several small islands and their bridges. It might be the most scenic part of this trip, so be sure to take a moment and really admire it. This road trip could last up to 15 hours, so take at least five days for it, and make lots of stops. Oh, another tip: this road trip is best if done in late spring or early autumn, just don’t take it during winter.
Bucharest to Vienna
If you’re interested in exploring Eastern Europe a bit more, there’s a perfect road trip for you. Explore Bucharest, the Romanian capital, and then head North towards mystical Transilvania, and be sure to make a stop at Bran Castle — known as Dracula’s castle. After this, take the scenic the Transfagarasan mountain road, towards the old cities of Sibu, Brasov, and Sighisoara, and explore their amazing castles. Head to Timisoara, Budapest, and Bratislava, for more Eastern European architectural gems. Explore their streets and castles — you will love them! After Bratislava, head to Vienna, it’s only about an hour away. Take at least seven days for this road trip — you need some time to fully enjoy these magnificent Eastern European cities, and they deserve it.
Wondering what to do in Budapest? Read a little about Hungarian Capital on the following link: “Top 10 Things to Do in Budapest — The Paris of the East”
Looking for some tour guides through Vienna? Check out one of our previous blog posts, you’ll find plenty of useful information: “Best Historic Things to Do in Vienna”
Scenic Bran Castle
Vienna at Night
The German Alpine Road
The German Alpine Road, Deutsche Alpenstrasse, or Queralpenstraße, is one of the most scenic routes in Germany. It connects two of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps in an east-west direction — this 450 kilometers long route leads from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schönau on Lake Königssee. This is the road that will show you the real beauty of Bavaria — it’s astonishing mountain peaks, lush meadows, crystal-clear lakes, scenic villages, and stunning famous castles. This is the road that will show you the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired Walt Disney to build Cinderella’s castle, historic Old town of Bad Tölz dating back to the 12th century, and many other amazing places. In case you decide to go on this road trip while it’s still winter, pack your skis or snowboard — there are some amazing ski slopes along the road.
The Iconic Neuschwanstein Castle
No matter which road trip you choose you’ll have a great adventure, that can last from five to fifteen days. All of these amazing road trips offer amazing scenery, as well as great cities that you can visit along the way.