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Top five best cities in Europe to driveBack

040913 MonacoSummer might feel like it is over, but if you’re not tied to school term times, holidaying in the autumn months can be a joy.

If you’re visiting Europe by car, one of the best times to travel is the autumn when the roads will be much quieter and you can drive across the continent with ease.

Below is Trusted Dealers’ pick of some of the best places to visit in Europe by car this season:

Monaco, France

A city famous for its ‘Grand Prix’ circuit since its first race in 1929, Monaco provides the perfect route for tourists as well as spectacular views across the Mediterranean and the foothills of the Alps. Drivers have the opportunity to follow the track past the famous Grand Hotel Hairpin as well as the tunnel running into the chicane. The best way to reach the principality is by taking the Moyenne Corniche, part of a three series Corniche driving experience between Nice and Menton on the French Riviera.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Italy is home to some of the most famous roads in the world, to include the incredible drive along the Amalfi Coast, situated just below Naples in the Salerno province of Italy. This route is definitely one for the more experienced driver as it includes incredibly sharp hairpin bends and due to the narrow single carriageway design, traffic can become a problem at times. Put all this aside and you are faced with some one of the most spectacular settings for the perfect holiday drive.

Road of the White Villages, Spain

La Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos or the ‘Road of the White Villages’ is one of the most beautiful driving routes in Spain. Located in the Cadiz province in Andalusia, the road is named after the whitewashed houses which are dotted along its route to deflect the sun’s glare. Unlike other routes in Spain, La Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos is relatively untouched by tourism and tours. Aside from the winding road, the main attractions you will come across are the different styles of architecture to include Christian, Jewish and Islamic buildings which make up the hilltop and valley villages.

The Alps, Austria

The Glossglockner High Alpine Road was one of the first routes created to allow the transportation of goods from the east of Austria through to the Alps. This drive can be a tough one depending on the weather conditions as the road clings to the mountainside and in many cases offers no barriers on the open side. If you’re brave enough to take on the journey, the 50 kilometres of mountain road rises to a high of 2,504 metres, offering incredible views.

Transfagarasan Pass, Romania

The road was originally built under orders from the former dictator to build a military route to transport soldiers across the Transylvanian mountains should the Soviet Union ever invade. Now used as place for the rich, very few reflect on the catastrophic humanitarian and financial costs that were undertaken to satisfy the paranoia of a dictator. Famously the road has been used as a filming location for BBC Two’s Top Gear programme in which Jeremy Clarkson described it as “The best road in the world – ever.”

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 04/09/2013