The Best Driving Roads In Europe
If you’re planning a road trip in Europe, a supercar tour, or you are simply a sucker for a nice bit of tarmac with a view, then this blog is for you.
Think hairpin turns, un-spoiled scenery, breath-taking views and plenty of photo opportunities. If reading this blog is already getting you excited about the journey ahead then we highly recommend you put the pedal to the floor and enjoy some of the best driving roads in Europe as soon as the opportunity arises.
The Best Driving Roads in Italy – Stelvio Pass
This is perhaps one of the most iconic driving roads we´ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The Stelvio Pass was in fact awarded the best driving road in the world in 2008 and its still just as impressive today. It weaves up the north face of a steep mountain with close to fifty hairpin turns and stunning views all the way to the top.
When you finally reach the summit with your pulse racing, the far-reaching views are nothing short of breath-taking, but to avoid disappointment it´s worth noting that the Stelvio pass is usually closed from December to May.
We´ve had the privilege of taking many of our luxury fleet up this impressive mountain pass, but our top pick of them all has got to be a Ferrari F8 Tributo rental. A “tribute” to the V8´s that came before it, this mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar boasts the most potent edition of the V8 engine that Ferrari have ever produced and on the Stelvio pass it certainly does its home country proud.
The Best Driving Roads in Italy – Amalfi Coast Drive
If a coastal cruise rather than a demanding mountain climb is more what you are after, then a drive along the Amalfi Coast certainly won´t disappoint. Follow the shoreline from Sorrento to Salerno as you breathe in the sea air, take in the spectacular views and enjoy a feast of gastronomic delights along the way.
As coastal drives go, the Amalfi Coast is certainly one of the best, and what better way to enjoy this thrilling experience than behind the wheel of an Italian-made supercar. A Ferrari 488 Spider rental is a standout choice because it offers a thrilling blend of stylish design, raw performance and open-air fun. But there is also the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder rental , with its powerful V10 engine, four monstrous exhausts, retractable roof and head-turning good looks – it is very hard to decide between the two.
The Best Driving Roads in Italy – Val d´Orcia
If you´re travelling to Tuscany and want to escape the bustle of its cities like Florence or Pisa, then nestled in the Tuscan countryside is a gem of a road called the Val d´Orcia. Think lush rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, quaint farmhouses, and cypress trees for as far as the eye can see. This has also got to be one of the best roads in Europe to make a pitstop. With plenty of vineyards and restaurants that serve some of the best food you´ll ever taste, you really will be spoilt for choice.
We always think good food and wine is best shared with friends, so our choice to explore the Val d´ Orcia would have to be a Ferrari Portofino rental. Boasting four seats, a seductive body, a snarling exhaust and a fold-away hard-top roof, it is the perfect car for a driving tour of Tuscany.
The Best Driving Roads in France – Combe Laval
Considered by many to be the most impressive road in the French Alps, the Combe Laval is a revelation. Built in the 1800´s the most unique stretch of this impressive road actually cuts through a cliff. Weaving your car through an exhilarating series of tunnels carved into the rock is an experience you will not forget.
If we were to pick one car to take on the Combe Laval is would have to be a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster rental. It oozes Lamborghini attitude, will leave all other road users in your wake and the sound of that monstrous V12 engine reverberating off the cliff face is what petrol-head´s dreams are made of.
The Best Driving Roads in France – Col du Tourmalet
The Col du Tourmalet is the highest mountain pass in the French Pyrenees and its lack of road barriers will certainly get your pulse racing. You may have heard of it because of the famous Tour de France cycling race, but two wheels and man-power can´t compete with the thrill of driving a high-performance driving machine on this impressive mountain road.
If you made us choose just one car, a Mercedes GTS AMG rental would be our top pick. This high-performance 2-seater coupe is a cut above the rest thanks to its hand-crafted engine and all its AMG trimmings.
The Best Driving Roads in France – Route Napoleon
Route Napoleon follows the journey made by Napoleon during his escape from the island of Elba to Grenoble. The result is one of the best driving roads in Europe and somehow it manages to offer a little bit of everything. You´ll enjoy over 300km of stunning scenery with glorious views of the French Alps. It enjoys a few challenging sections where your full concentration is required with hairpin turns, rocky arches and a distinct lack of barriers, but there are also long stretches that are prefect for a relaxing cruise.
Much like Route Napoleon, to enjoy this impressive road to its fullest, you need a car that offers the best of both worlds, and that´s why a Porsche 911 Targa S rental would be our top choice. This coupe-convertible hybrid enjoys a powerful engine, a stylish exterior and an open-top experience should the weather oblige.
The Best Driving Roads in England – Snakes Pass
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Lake District connecting the cities of Manchester and Sheffield is a section of road call Snakes Pass. As the name suggests, this winding route is surrounded by the best that the English countryside has to offer. From moorland, to valleys, lakes and woodland you´ll enjoy stunning scenery and plenty of exciting corners.
Seeing as this is one of the best driving roads in England, we feel it would be wrong to enjoy being behind the wheel of anything other than an Aston Martin rental. To be more specific, an Aston Martin Vanquish rental would be our top pick, thanks to its monstrous engine, dynamic handling and intoxicating driving style.
The Best Driving Roads in Scotland – A82 Road
Despite having a less than enticing name, the A82 in Scotland takes a scenic route between Glasgow and Fort William and is certainly one of the best driving roads in Europe. It winds along the shores of Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, offering breath-taking views of the Scottish countryside. Remember to pack your camera, as there are plenty of photo opportunities and you never know if you might catch a glimpse of the infamous Loch Ness Monster if you hang around for long enough.
This impressive road calls for an impressive car, and so an Aston Martin DB11 rental would be our stand-out choice. This stylish grand tourer benefits from a smooth twin-turbo V8, advanced suspension and a rapid throttle response that would allow you to make a speedy getaway should Nessy make an unwanted appearance.
The Best Driving Roads in Switzerland – Furka Pass
The Furka Pass in Switzerland is one of the most exhilarating mountain passes that you will ever experience. With stunning views, challenging hairpin turns, and views that will literally take your breath away it makes for quite the driving experience, but you´ve got to time it right. Furka Pass is located in one of the snowiest regions in the country, so do plan in advance to avoid being disappointed.
We´ve been lucky enough to enjoy this impressive car a few times over the years and we loved being behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10 Plus rental. In addition to the magnificent V10 engine, this impressive machine boasts Audi´s Quattro all-wheel drive system and an agile chassis that make tackling this challenging mountain road an experience you will not forget.
The Best Driving Roads in Switzerland – Oberalp Pass
The Oberalp Pass is a stunning mountain road in Switzerland that links Graubunden, Disentis and Andermatt. This impressive road must make it onto our list, because in addition to its exhilarating hairpin bends and far-reaching views, it also enjoys a restaurant and beer garden when you arrive at the top. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a glass of your favourite beverage as you look down on the road you have just conquered.
A road this special requires a car that is equally capable which is why we´d choose a Lamborghini Huracan Performante rental for the job. Primed for a track, this impressive Lamborghini rentals benefits from increased speed, improved performance and all the attitude you would expect from a car donning the raging bull logo.
The Best Driving Roads in Austria – Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The Grossglockner High Alpine road is one of the best driving roads in Europe because it is so well maintained. It is a toll road and one of the more expensive ones at that, but as soon as you experience it for yourself you´ll realise it is well worth the €35-€40 you´ll pay for the privilege.
We would be happy to drive back and forth on this road all day long and once you try it you will understand why. It is also to possible to cheat the system by driving in one direction, then doing a U-turn and driving back the other way before you reach the tollbooth on the other side, but don´t tell them you heard it from us!
The perfect car to take on the job is a Ferrari 812 Superfast rental. Boasting the mightiest V12 of them all this beast carves up the road without breaking a sweat and is a pleasure to drive.
The Best Driving Roads in Austria – Nockalm Road
Nockalm Road is another mountain pass in the Austrian Alps. Like the Grossglockner High Alpine road, this is also a toll road, but it has made our list because it offers so much variety. It enjoys challenging sections of hairpin turns and long straights where you can plant your foot to the floor.
We´d recommend a Porsche 911 Turbo rental to take on the task. Benefiting from a new sports suspension, advanced aerodynamics, larger carbon-ceramic brakes, a performance exhaust and blistering speed in a straight line or around the bends it is the perfect car for the job.
The Best Driving Roads in Spain – Carretera de Sa Calobra
The Carretera de Sa Calobra on the small island of Majorca is one of the best driving roads in Europe because it is so unique. Winding through a picturesque, rocky landscape you´ll experience 360 degree turns, rapid inclines, tunnels through the cliffs and breath-taking views.
Come rain or shine, a Ferrari California T rental is the perfect machine for the job. With the newest model benefiting from an engine upgrade, dual-clutch gearbox, and a considerable facelift, it is no wonder this car has proven hugely popular for European tours.
The Best Driving Roads in Spain – BP-1121
Winding from Barcelona to Montserrat, this impressive mountain route is known for its narrow roads, twisting turns and stunning views. It can be a challenging drive, but once you make it to the top you´ll enjoy stunning views from the Montserrat Monastery that stretch all the way back to Barcelona.
The best car to join you on this memorable journey is a Mercedes C63 AMG rental. This impressive 4-seater convertible is both raw and refined, allowing you to take in the sights with the top down and enjoy the exhilarating ride.
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