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Our selection - the six best driving roads in Europe

Our selection - the six best driving roads in Europe

Published 2018-02-21 by Administrator

There is nothing more exciting than a proper road trip in Europe with a super car. On this continent we are blessed with some of the best roads in the world. Driving a Ferrari on Furka pass or Route Napoleon, with the howling sound of a high revving engine bouncing off the mountains? It is Priceless. You need to experience it to fully comprehend this euphoric sensation.

We have been organising road trips for super car owners for quite some time now. The first tour was in 2002, organised for super car owners in Stockholm, Sweden. Since then we have been to pretty much every “best” road in Europe. Stelvio pass, the Furka-Grimsel combination, Grossglockner, Passo della Futa - you name it. With our events we have brought our drivers to almost every possible corner of Europe.

Now, regardless if you choose to join us for a tour, or to give it a go by yourself, we have some valuable advise. Advise that we are confident in giving after over 15 years of first hand experience on the road.

Here we go. Our first tip. Important. The best road in the world is NOT the Stelvio Pass. Jeremy Clarkson has sold you a lie. Albeit scenic, the driving is not very good. The amount of tourist buses, bicycles and traffic completely ruins the fun. With a super car, you will struggle in all the really tight bends. Sure, drive it to check off an item from your bucket list. But, don’t have too high expectations.

Now, there are many very good driving roads in Europe. Much better than the Stelvio Pass. We have selected six for you. There is no internal order between these six. They are all equally great roads to drive.

Via Aurelia - SS1 - between La Spezia and Sestri Levante (Italy)

Let's start in Italy. Via Aurelia - SS1 - between La Spezia and Sestri Levante. Not only is the road brilliant. You are also in Italy. Close to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. The city of Monterosso al Mare is one of them. It is the most popular city in the Cinque Terre national park. Stunning. Going to Monterosso al Mare? Stay at Bed and Breakfast Sole e Mare. They have the best terrace in town.

Grimsel-Furka pass (Switzerland)

Switzerland is full of great alpine passes. Everywhere you go, you will find a twisty road. Our top pick is the Grimsel-Furka pass combination. Start in the early morning from Interlaken. This to avoid the traffic that congests the road later in the day. Go uphill on Grimsel pass. Stop at the peak. Have an espresso. Then, continue downhill. The view is spectacular. In the village of Gletsch, take a left and continue on Furka pass. The part of this road going uphill on Furka pass is the best. It really is. You can easily drive it back and forth the whole day.

On your way down from Furka peak you will pass the location where they filmed the James Bond movie Goldfinger. Be careful. Keep your eyes on the road. Sometimes the road is very narrow. Scary.

Furka will take you close to the village of Andermatt. A good option is to continue on Passo San Gottardo to the Airolo valley. Or, if you have time, continue on road 19 towards Disentis and the passes that follow. There is a lot to choose from.

Grossglockner high alpine road (Austria)

Now to Austria. Here we have the Grossglocker high alpine road. Of all the roads we suggest, this one is the most scenic. It will take you really high up from sea level. At times a bit scary. The road quality is perfect. It is also a lot of fun to drive. Be careful on the way down that you don’t overheat the brakes of your car.

After Grossglockner road, a good place to stop is in Lienz. Looking for a place to stay? Look no further - Grandhotel Lienz is very nice. It also has a great restaurant. Be sure to reserve a table for dinner overlooking the river. Highly recommended.

Route Napoleon (France)

Heard about Route Napoleon in France? You probably have. This is Evo magazine’s favourite road. The story is that Napoleon walked this road from the coast to Grenoble two hundred years ago. He had become almost bored to death from being held captive on the island of Elba and had decided to rule France again. He succeeded. After arriving to Paris he became the emperor of France again. Just a few weeks later, he lost the battle of Waterloo. After this, Napoleon chilled down a bit and started dating a lot of really hot women.

Today, the path he and his henchmen walked from the coast to Grenoble is a road. Hence, the name Route Napoleon. And, a very fine road it is. Especially the part between village Grasse and Castellane. Insanely fun if you have a fast car. We love it.

Hochalpenstrasse, Schwarzwald (Germany)

Our next suggestion is Germany. Yes, there are some fantastic roads in Germany, too. We have chosen the Hochalpenstrasse in the Black Forest for you. The road starts in the classic luxury destination of Baden-Baden. In Baden-Baden, set the navigation of your car to Mehliskopf. Your GPS will then take you south on route 500. This is, without a doubt, the best driving road in Germany.

Route 500 in the Black Forest is extremely popular in the summer, so a good plan is to start early in the day. In August, in the peak tourist season, you should start no later than 9 in the morning from Baden-Baden to have the most fun.

After you reach Mehliskopf, continue on road 500 south. You will pass close to the Wilder See Hornisgrinde reserve. Then set your navigation to Bad Petersdal to continue on the right track.

Stop for lunch? Try the restaurant Die Bergstation. Do not go for the wienerschnitzel. Instead, go for the spinach and cheese knödel. Enjoy your food together with the priceless view of the valley below. When you are done driving for they day, head to Strasbourg or Mulhouse for the night. Both are good options. If you are heading south, then stay in Basel, which is in Switzerland.

The Magistral (Croatia)

You need to go to Croatia. They have some excellent roads there. Not only is the highway network perfect. Probably on the highest level of highway network perfection in the world. Thank you, European Union, and the hard working people in Germany and Scandinavia who paid for it.

But wait, there is more! Much more. They have a gem that dates back to Titos days. The road is called The Magistral (or E65). It goes along the Croatian Adriatic coast - all the way from Rijeka in the north to the Montenegrin border in the south. You will find yourself enchanted by this twisty road. With mountains on one side and the Adriatic coast on the other. Sometimes there is a hundred meter drop from the edge of the road to the raging sea below. Spectacular. The very best part of the road is between the cities of Senj and Starigrad. Don’t miss it. You will thank us later.

While the road passes by the cities of Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, you have many great places to stop along the way. Our favourite is Hotel Bastion in Zadar. They also have a great restaurant.

Choose the time for your visit wisely. Do not go here during July or August. The road is completely overrun by tourists. The worst are the Dutch camper guys, who will do their best in completely ruining all the fun for you. Try May or September instead.

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Locations mentioned in the story

SS1 - Bracco Pass
A fantastic road between La Spezia and Sestri Levante.
Furka Pass
A fantastic mountain pass in Switzerland
Grimsel Pass
One or the very best mountain passes in the world
Grossglockner High Alpine Road
One of the very best driving roads in the world
Adriatic Magistral North
One of the very best driving roads in the world
Adriatic Magistral South
One of the best roads in the world
N85 Route Napoleon - Grasse to Castellane
One of the very best roads in Europe
B500 - Schwarzwald Hochstrasse
Arguably the best driving road in Germany
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