Three road trips you should consider this year

Road trip through Verdon in France.

Get yourself in gear and check out these spectacular routes and destinations for road trips in Europe. First off, let us look to the Alps to find inspiration where to go next for a road trip adventure.

The French Riviera

It may not be that long but the breathtaking views and charming local life will make up for it.  Start at the seaside town Les Corniches on the French Riviera and go to Monaco and to Menton. If you want to see the old fishing villages, then this route takes you to Villefranche-sur-Mer, just east of Nice. The town is full of cutesy hotels and restaurants. If you want to go diving, then Villefranche-sur-Mer is just the place, since it has thriving diving waters.

The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

This route starts in the south of Ireland and winds itself northward along the western coast. You can start in Cork and look forward to 1-2 weeks of relaxed driving along the coast. If you spend three weeks along the route, then you will have plenty of time to explore. For instance, you want to check out the bay coast (with Achill island), and the cliff coast (featuring Cliffs of Moher). Also, don’t forget to have a traditional meal with a drink in towns with old Irish charm, such as Dingle, Lahinch, and Kinsale.

Puzzle! Can you find the Irish towns along the Wild Atlantic Way?

The Amalfi Coast in Italy

This stretch of coastline in western Italy is best to begin in Salerno, an old port city in the southwest of Italy. From here you have the Amalfi coast going north, with the first stop being Ravello. But first, go north to the Palazzo Avino, a 12-century palace. Then as you come to Ravello, bear in mind that this city is known for its musical events, such as the Ravello Musical. So it is definitely something for the musical travelers. Now you can continue towards Amalfi, the largest town along the Amalfi Coast. Close to it is Atrani, another fishing village worth checking out. Continue by combining Praiano and Positano into one day worth of driving and exploring, before you drive towards Sorrento.

Check out the Amalfi coast from above in these drone videos!

Road trip in Belgium and French Normandy

You can easily start in Belgium’s capital Brussels, or Amsterdam in the Netherlands. As you drive west you will find Bruges tucked away in northern Belgium, this town with medieval ancestry. But that is just a start! As you enter France and head northwest and hug the coastline you will see French seaside villages such as Le Touquet, Honfleur, and Rouen, all worth at least a day or two of walking, trying local seafood delicacies (the tart known as Quiche is favorite!). If you want a slightly different experience, check out Laon which was established in medieval times. It features old medieval walls and a very tranquil atmosphere with narrow alleyways and a cathedral that towers over the little town.

Read the chronicle from a road trip through Belgium and French Normandy.

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