Three of the best road trips in Europe

If you want to experience some of the best road trips of Europe, then check out our “slow travel” suggestions below. Learn how to fully explore all a destination has to offer – away from the main tourist sites.

Of course, you’ll want to choose your time wisely, as a road trip in the snow can be quite a different experience to the summer road trip experience. The beauty of a road trip is that once you have found affordable car hire you don’t need to cart luggage around with you or plan things out meticulously, as a car offers much more freedom than any other form of travel.

Lake Como, in Italy
Lake Como, in Italy

1. The Italian Lakes (Italy)

The Italian Lakes, known as Lake Garda and Lake Como host some of the most beautiful areas in Italy.

What makes this one of the best road trips in Europe?

In particular, driving around the lake and heading toward the Dolomite mountain range can be an incredible experience. Of course, there isn’t quite as much to do as in popular cities like Rome, but the natural scenery of this beautiful land makes it a great place to drive around.

Eifel Bridge in Porto, Portugal
Eifel Bridge in Porto, Portugal

2. From Porto to Lisbon (Portugal)

In Portugal, the coastal route from Porto to Lisbon is breathtakingly beautiful; as is the route from Lisbon to Albufeira. You could combine the two, if you have time, as Portugal is the perfect place for slow travel and the entire coastal route is beautiful.

What makes this one of the best road trips in Europe?

The laidback lifestyle is akin to that you might find in Spain, yet there’s a sense of more efficiency and aspiration – it’s not laid back to the point that people are sleepy, it’s laidback to the point that people get on and enjoy life.

The scene on this coastal route here is pretty chilled out, though cities like Lisbon are comparable with Barcelona in terms of their vibrancy and attractions.

Road trip on the Canary Islands coastline, Spain
Road on the coastline of the Canary Islands, Spain

3. Canary Islands (Spain)

The Canary Islands are found just off the coast of Morocco, yet they belong to Spain and have a distinctively Spanish feel to them. The people here are very easy going and friendly, to the point you don’t tend to find speed cameras or traffic wardens – in fact, there aren’t even any yellow lines in most part of the islands… which reflects the laidback lifestyle on offer.

What makes this one of the best road trips in Europe?

The great thing about the Canary Islands is that they have a brilliant climate throughout the year – even in winter you can expect sunny days with temperatures around twenty degrees and the summers never get too hot as the islands benefit from strong coastal breezes.

When it comes to the most epic drives, consider driving up Mt Teide, on the island of Tenerife as this ear-popping journey has you wind your way up Spain’s tallest mountain; to the point you drive through clouds to get to the top, and once at the top, it’s as if you are driving on the moon. It’s perhaps the most enjoyable and beautiful drive in Europe.

That said, on the neighboring island of Lanzarote, you can drive through the impressive lava fields and find yourself at a remote volcanic beach.  Similarly, if you’re more into the surf lifestyle you’ll want to head to Fuerteventura and bask in the chilled out vibe this island has to offer.

7 Thoughts to “Three of the best road trips in Europe”

  1. All of these look so dreamy! Would so love to road trip through Italy.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Diana! I’m dreaming about Italy, too. I really hope to gather some friends this summer and go on a road trip through Italy. It would be interesting to see how far we get travelling south by the time our holidays finish 🙂

  2. I would love to visit Europe! Beautiful pictures!!!

  3. it has been awhile since the last time I was in Europe! reading this article makes me want to go back as there are so many places to explore!

  4. I would really love to go to the Canary Islands & Lake Como. I’ve been to Europe & Spain before, but never those destinations! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Fiorella Madsen

    We have just tried the Italian roads, beautiful landscapes and the food, wines. We should try those in Portugal and Canaria Islands ?

  6. I’ve been to all 3 of these countries yet and never thought of going on roadtripa like that! Reading about them made me want to go back! I will definitely keep them in mind for next time I go to Europe! And will pin it ?

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