European travel has never been more accessible that it is today, with airports, ferries and of course the channel tunnel, you can be in Germany, France or Italy in a matter of hours. From the Eiffel tower to the Tower of Pisa, there are thousands of famous attractions right across Europe, and why just pick one when you can visit several during your trip?
Budget is of course a huge factor when it comes to planning a holiday, and post-recession Brits are more money conscious than ever before which has given rise to more and more of us choosing to stay local rather than jet off to exotic climes. However if you are desperate for a bit of summer sunshine during your holiday then why not join the millions of holiday makers who are opting for a driving holidays this year?
The beauty of taking your own car on holiday is that you are not stuck on a resort at the mercy of the local bus services, and you can explore your destination at your leisure. Of course, before heading on any long distance journey such as a 10 day trip to the south of France, you will need to ensure that your car is in tip top condition. Don’t risk the safety of you and your loved ones by taking an unreliable vehicle abroad; if you are definitely wanting to tour in your car this year then service and maintain your car or update to a newer more suitable model, while ensuring that your old car is carefully scrapped by a reputable salvage yard.
Once you have got your mode of transport sorted, now you need to select your destination and we have a list of the top five drives in Europe so that you can not only enjoy your holiday, but also enjoy the journey to get there too.
Col de la Bonnette, Alps Maritimes
Our first top driving road has to be The Col de la Bonnette. As the highest road in Europe boasting the dizzying heights of 2807m, this is one of the most famous routes winding its way through the dramatic French Alps and offers unparalleled views of the stunning mountain range.
Furka Pass, Central Swiss Alps
Made famous by none other than James Bond in his trusty Aston Martin DB5 in the movie Goldfinger, The Furka Pass is a truly stunning mountain pass working its way right through the centre of the Swiss Alps. From the Furka Pass you can see the Rhone Glacier, Rhone river and of course the majestic Alps themselves.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road / East Tyrol
Another popular route for thrill seekers who love breath taking views from great heights is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. This pristine drive is impeccable surfaced providing a smooth journey through the scenic Eastern Alps in Austria.
Klausen Pass, Central Swiss
The Klausen Passis is the first major mountain pass that you reach when heading south from Zurich and it boasts a dramatic journey right through the heart of the Alps.
Stelvio Pass, Italy. Another contender for the highest mountain pass, The Stelvio Pass is one of the most dramatic alpine routes you can travel along. Standing at 2757M, this is the third highest alpine route which was awarded the prestigious title of best driving road in the world by Top Gear in 2008.