If you’re thinking about heading off on a summer holiday this year, then why not try something a little different and take a road trip? It’s the experience of a lifetime, something completely different to your average holiday in the sun. So, release your inner adventurer and take a look at some of Europe’s best road trips that are waiting to be explored this summer:
Start – Reims. Finish – Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
France is synonymous with wine tasting, rolling fields and wonderful landscapes. There are an abundance of reasons why you should try the Reims to Le Mesnil-sur-Oger road trip. You’ll drive past snow-peaked mountains before sampling some of the finest wines the Champagne region has to offer. The Champagne taster trip will take you 3 days, approximately 53 miles. Whether you’re jetting off on a family holiday, girls trip or couples retreat, there’s a route for everyone in France. So, grab your travel pillow and sat nav, because France is calling you.
Start and finish – London (via Edinburgh and Cardiff)
It’s not always raining in the United Kingdom. In fact, on the days when the sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in sight, it feels just like any other European country. With its quaint villages, incredibly rich history and winding country lanes, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to visit. The London trip via Edinburgh and Cardiff will take you through 3 different countries, each with their own story to tell.
Start – Rome. Finish – Venice.
When you think of Italy the first thing that comes to your head may be delicious food and fine wine. Though you’re not far off, Italy is so much more than what it produces. It boasts iconic monuments, beautiful beaches and idyllic cities. So, make your way from Rome to Venice and explore the snow-capped peaks, plunging coastlines, lakes and remote valleys. Bring your swimsuit, because you’re sure to want to take a dip or two in the inviting lakes and sea as you go.
Start – Roncesvalles. Finish – Santiago de Compostela.
Spain is one of the most perfect destinations to visit if you’re planning on a road trip. With such a diverse landscape and thrilling cities, there’s plenty to discover on your journey. Sample some traditional Spanish cuisine, explore medieval villages and gawp at stunning architecture, all in a day’s work. There’s a road trip for everyone in Spain. So, whether you prefer the look of coastal Galician towns or the hustle and bustle of Madrid’s city centre, what are you waiting for?
Start – Porto. Finish – Miranda do Douro.
Portugal’s eclectic mix of medieval and modern day makes it a simply wonderful place to visit during the summer. The iconic area of the Algarve is well worth a visit, and from here you could even take a boat ride over to the Azures to see what there is to discover. Enjoy tasting your way around several wine regions and feast on traditional Portuguese food at their authentic restaurants. Less is more in Portugal, so ensure you’ve planned plenty of stops so you’re not spending all your time on the road missing all the action.