Pack your bags, prepare your list of good music and go on a road trip to see the best places in Europe. We take care of the itineraries: from routes along the coast to enjoy the breeze to magnificent routes across the country.

Route Bloemen, Netherlands

It’s hard to find a more colorful road trip than the Bloemen route, where you can see everything from fields of flowers (tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and much more) to the west of the Netherlands. Start in Haarlem (19km west of Amsterdam) to admire the floral paintings by the Dutch masters at the Frans Hals Museum, one of the best small galleries in the country. From here, head to Lisse to visit the Keukenhof, a 28-hectare garden that showcases the talents of Dutch flower growers with indoor and outdoor displays of more than 7 million bulbs. Make time to also visit the 17th century castle just opposite. In Leiden, explore the 16th-century botanical garden and don’t miss the De Valk windmill museum. It ends in Naaldwijk, where you can take guided tours of the city’s huge flower auction. The best time to visit is April or May, when the flowers are in full bloom. We recommend you leave during the week to avoid weekend traffic.

Black Forest, Germany

With its half-timbered houses and hills full of dark trees, the Black Forest is one of the most picturesque places in Germany that has inspired many of the Grimm’s fairy tales. Take in all its charm by driving down the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, an elevated stretch of road between Freudenstadt and Baden-Baden. It is an extensive road with panoramic views that is easy to drive thanks to its smooth surface. There are many places at the top of Hornisgrinde where you can stop to gaze out over the valleys and lush forests of the region. The final stretch to Baden-Baden zigzags through the forest. Celebrate your arrival at your destination with a restorative bath in the thermal waters of this 19th-century thermal complex.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Between Sorrento and Salerno in southwestern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most romantic routes in the world. Pastel-colored medieval towns cling to the hillsides against a Mediterranean landscape of green mountains, lemon groves, and towering cliffs. The best way to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site is in a classic Italian car with the top down. The roads are winding, narrow and in some sections challenging, but the views are spectacular. We recommend that you drive from east to west to enjoy the seaside views and book accommodation for the night in Ravello, where Wagner, D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf found their inspiration; Positano, with photogenic landscapes and Amalfi, where the sunny squares give way to a small beach.

Trollstigen, Norway

This demanding course in western Norway winds up a steep hillside in the Isterdal valley and has at least 11 hairpin turns. The “troll road” is usually only open between mid-May and October, and up to 2,500 cars a day climb the steep slopes during peak season. Leave as early as possible to avoid the tourist buses and drive slowly to appreciate the scenery of fjords, waterfalls and lakes. The largest viewpoint is 200 meters above road level and there is a tourist office at the top where you can stop for a coffee and try Norwegian waffles.

The Hringvegur of Iceland (Route 1)

When it comes to spectacular routes, Iceland is second to none. Where else can you see active volcanoes, geothermal vents, lava fields, thundering waterfalls, and impressive fjords in one trip? And to all that we must add the magic of the northern lights. Route 1 circumnavigates the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. Going all the way around will take you between 7 and 10 days. The highlight is Reykjadalur or “valley of steam”, where you can bathe in a river of hot water; Skogafoss, one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland; Jokulsarlon, a beautiful glacier lake and Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. During the summer months, keep an eye out for herds of sheep crossing the roads, and in winter, be aware that sections of Route 1 may be closed.

The Atlantic Highway, England

In the southwest of England, the Atlantic Highway is a coastal route that links two of the most beautiful regions of the country: Devon and Cornwall. The course is more gentle than captivating, with a series of shallow inclines and switchbacks winding past quaint fishing villages, Celtic ruins and secluded beaches. Begin in Barnstaple, a thriving market town with a Norman hill and 13th-century bridge before heading to Bude to relax on one of its surf-friendly beaches. Further south is Tintagel: the supposed birthplace of King Arthur and the ruins of a 13th-century castle perched on a headland only reachable from a footbridge. It ends in Newquay, a lively cliffside town filled with bars, clubs and surf shops.

From Marseille to Monaco, Côte d’Azur

Do like Grace Kelly and Cary Grant and enjoy a tour of the Côte d’Azur with the top of the car down. This famous coastal route is lined with luxury resorts, hilltop towns and winding mountain roads. If you don’t have time, you can condense the highlights (Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo) into a weekend getaway, but the ideal would be to dedicate a week to enjoy the Côte d’Azur in all its splendor. Begin in Marseille, a bustling city with a thriving arts scene and lively port, and follow the coast to Saint-Tropez to relax on Pampelonne beach with the beautiful, tanned people. Take a de rigueur stroll along La Croisette in Cannes, leaving some time to explore Nice’s cultural treasures. Between Nice and Monaco, follow the Grande Corniche, an elevated route built by Napoleon. To finish in style in Monte Carlo, follow the circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Transfagarasan Highway, Romania

Unleash your driving zeal on this fantastic mountain road in the center of Romania. The Transfagarasan Highway crosses the Fagaras Mountains in the Transylvanian Alps and follows the course of the Argea River. The hairpin bends make the route challenging, but the spectacular high-altitude views are worth it (the highest point reaches 2,042 meters). Built in the 1970s as a military route to cross the mountains in case of a Soviet invasion, this road is usually only open between June and October. Sights include the ruins of Poenari Castle, former home of Vlad the Impaler, and Balea Glacier Lake.

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

There’s a reason the Ring of Kerry is one of the most popular road trips in Europe. This scenic drive in the South West of Ireland is a ‘Emerald Isle’ highlights tour, taking in wild Atlantic beaches, rugged mountains and charming villages. Set out on this adventure first thing in the morning from Killarney and travel clockwise so you don’t have to queue for all the tour buses. Stop at Ladies View to see Killarney National Park in all its glory before heading to Kenmare, a charming town filled with rainbow-colored houses and traditional pubs. At Staigue Fort, explore the ancient stone circle and follow the road to Portmagee for views of Skellig Michael Island, an ancient monastic settlement. Allow some time to hit Rossbeigh Beach (a popular surf spot) before ending with a Ross Castle tour back to Killarney.

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