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Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

Albina PanchenkoNews
A selection of scenic road routes

Traveling by car is a great way to explore new countries and enjoy unforgettable adventures. The advantages of such travel are obvious:

  • autonomy: full control over your journey, you are not dependent on anyone;
  • freedom of action: stop wherever you want, explore picturesque towns and villages, visit parks and discover hidden treasures;
  • independence: plan your own route, choose the places you want to visit and allocate time as you like.

However, there are a few things to consider before you go. First of all, make sure you have all the necessary documents:

  • passport with a visa (if necessary)
  • medical insurance
  • car insurance policy
  • driver's license
  • vehicle registration certificate

It is equally important to familiarize yourself with the traffic rules of the countries you plan to visit as they may differ. We also recommend downloading mobile navigation applications that work without an Internet connection.

After careful preparation, you are ready to go! Here are just a few routes that you might like.

Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

Transfăgărășan, Romania

This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, with unsurpassed landscapes, steep serpentines and breathtaking views.

Starting from the picturesque city of Curtea de Argeș, your path will take you along a road with many turns, tunnels and bridges, reaching an altitude of over 2,000 meters.

One of the most exciting moments of the trip will be a stop at Bâlea Lake, which is located at the highest point of the route. Here you can enjoy panoramic views, taste traditional Romanian cuisine and buy souvenirs.

Tip: keep in mind that this road is closed most of the year. The latest information on the road's condition and status is available on the official website of the route.

What to see nearby:

  • Vidraru Dam;
  • Dracula's Castle (Bran);
  • the narrowest street in Europe (Brasov);
  • Rasnov Fortress;
  • Peles Castle.

We recommend you:

  • Mititei, traditional lamb sausages cooked on an open fire;
  • papanasi, a dessert made of cottage cheese;
  • cheeses made from sheep's milk.
Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Fabulous landscapes, picturesque villages and the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea will make your trip unforgettable. The Amalfi Coast is located in the Campania region on the southern coast of Italy. The pearls of the route are the cities of Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are historical monuments, cathedrals, villas, and museums worth visiting.

While traveling in this region, you will be fascinated by the colorful houses built on the cliffs that go down to the sea. Be sure to walk through the labyrinths of narrow streets, where every corner offers incredible views.

Tip: it's better to refrain from traveling in August as there are too many tourists and traffic jams.

What to see nearby:

  • Naples;
  • the ruined city of Pompeii;
  • Mount Vesuvius.

We advise you to try:

  • limoncello, a real treasure of the Land of Limonia;
  • fresh seafood;
  • olives.
Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

Bachalpsee, Switzerland

Located in the heart of Europe, the Swiss Alps are famous for their beauty, which is literally mesmerizing. Sharp spires covered with eternal snow and green valleys, crystal clear lakes and streams, glaciers and dense forests: all this creates an impressive landscape that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of travelers.

After descending from the mountains, we suggest heading to Geneva along the shores of Lake Geneva. It is surrounded by mountain peaks, vineyards and picturesque promenades where you can relax on the golden sand beaches.

In Geneva itself, you will find majestic palaces, elegant gardens and museums that will reveal the history of the region. Many festivals, performances, and music events take place on the lakeshore, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and enjoy the arts.

Tip: if you want to visit Switzerland in the middle of summer or during the holiday season in winter, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance.

What to see nearby:

  • Lauterbrunnen Valley with the Staubbach Falls;
  • Lavaux grape terraces;
  • Montreux embankment and Château de Chillon;
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (Lausanne).

We advise you to try:

  • legendary Swiss chocolate;
  • wines from the vineyards of Lausanne;
  • fondue;
  • raclette.
Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

The westernmost point of Europe, Portugal

Lisbon attracts tourists with its color and atmosphere. Did you know that the westernmost point of Europe is located just 40 kilometers from the Portuguese capital?

If you decide to travel to the End of the World, you will have an unforgettable experience!

The road to Cape Roca will take you from the crowded capital to the wild and beautiful nature of the Atlantic coast. This place fascinates with its rich history and legends related to navigation. Get ready to feel the wind in your hair and watch the infinity of the ocean that begins right under your feet.

Tip: to avoid the crowds of tourists, it is better to visit Cape Roca in the early morning or evening.

What to see nearby:

  • Palácio Nacional de Queluz;
  • Palácio Nacional da Pena;
  • Quinta de Regaleira;
  • Moorish castle;
  • Boca do Inferno.

We recommend:

  • pastel de natadessert;
  • local wines Portugal or Vino Verdejo;
  • grilled sardines.
Mountain roads and quiet coasts: Europe's top 5 routes for traveling by car

Majestic fjords, Norway

We offer you a route of incredible beauty: we suggest starting from the city of Bergen and reaching the famous Troll's Tongue rock along the shore of Hardangerfjord.

This fjord is famous for its mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and picturesque villages. It is deservedly considered one of the deepest and most beautiful in the world.

The road to the Troll's Tongue is woven among rocky mountains, where magical panoramas open up. Get ready to take photos at every step.

Tip: check the weather conditions before you travel as the threat of landslides and poor visibility can affect the safety of your trip.

What to visit nearby:

  • Bergenhus Fortress;
  • Gamlehaugen, The Royal House of Norway;
  • Bjørnefjorden waterfall;
  • Steinsdalsfossen waterfall;
  • Hardanger Bridge.

We advise you to try:

  • brown cheese;
  • laks, fried or smoked salmon;
  • traditional Norwegian beer;
  • smørrebrød, a sandwich with vegetables and sausage.

Europe is a vast space with many places to explore, and traveling by car gives you the freedom and opportunity to enjoy all that this continent has to offer. Get behind the wheel, follow the rules, and get ready for an exciting adventure.

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