After a year of uncertainty around travel restrictions, there are a lot of holidaymakers with itchy feet who are longing to head further afield when we’re allowed. Now, with a roadmap laid out, there are signs that we might be moving towards a summer of travel opportunities.
If you’re ready to pack your bags and head off on a road trip outside the UK, now is a great time to start plotting out your dream journey. Looking for inspiration? Read on for some of the best European trips to try.
Before you start planning where you want to visit first, it’s worth taking the time to work out the details. European road trips needn’t be expensive, but you’ll need to budget properly before you travel. Therefore, it’s important that you research how much everything is in the country you’re visiting, from accommodation to food and drink.
It’s worth booking ahead too. If you can arrange accommodation along key stop-off points, you’ll be in a good position before you travel.
You’ll also need to work out what clothing you’ll need. Depending on where you’re heading to, you might need to buy a new wardrobe to account for the climate.
Plan carefully before you set off and be sure to account for everything you’ll need.
Romantic Road, Germany
Filled with medieval villages and tiny towns, Southern Germany’s Romantic Road offers a truly special road trip. It stretches for around 400km and takes three days on average to drive.
Start your journey with a visit to Würzburg, home to the Würzburg Residenz, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage site. From there, you’ll pass through the captivating Taubertal valley and the small medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber before arriving at Augsburg, which is one of the oldest cities in the country.
As well as these sites, there are plenty of hidden gems to uncover on this route. Friedberg in Wittelsbacher Land and Landsberg am Lech are idyllic stop-off points where you can have a moment before you reach the magical castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. By the time you get to the final destination of Füssen, you’re sure to have fallen for the Romantic Road.
Dubrovnik to Pula, Croatia
Begin this magical road trip in the captivating medieval city of Dubrovnik. Be sure to wander the city’s limestone streets and take in the baroque buildings before hitting the road.
This is trip can take anything from seven to 14 days, depending on the route you opt for. whichever one you want to try, be sure to stop as often as you can to explore all that Croatia has to offer.
There’s Bol’s beach, which has been ranked among the most beautiful in Europe, along with the cities of Split and Sibenik to discover. Other must-sees include Zadar at sunset and the romantic city of Nin. Once you get to Pula, you can visit the Roman amphitheatre and spend some time among the ruins.
The Lakes, Italy
If you’re driving from the UK rather than hiring a car when you arrive at the airport, the Italian Lakes region is a great option. Just a 10-hour drive from Calais and you arrive at Lake Maggiore.
Here, the main town, Stresa, is located on the western side of the lake, making it easy to get to from France. This is a pretty town, once home to Ernest Hemingway. Stroll the cobbled streets and stick around to watch the sunrise over the lake before heading to your next stop: Lake Como.
The glittering blue waters and quirky fishing villages make this a captivating destination. The dramatic Rhaetian Alps overlook the boats in the water, and you can sit and watch the world go by or head up to Bellagio, where you can indulge in spectacular views of the lake.
Round off your road trip of the Italian Lakes with a visit to Lake Garda, in Trentino. This is the largest of the lakes and offers both a lively place for families, thanks to Gardaland theme park, and something gentler for those seeking a relaxing stay. If you want to enjoy a calm visit, the village of Sirmione is filled with winding streets and unusual shops. And if you’re here, you must go to Valle dei Laghi and enjoy a glass of the local wine.
Where will you head to first? What road trip tops your bucket list?
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