Bored of clogged British A-roads and traffic congested motorways? Well, if slow speeds, traffic and road works are getting you down, maybe it is time you made a trip to the continent. Now and then, when we peel away from the motorway and move into the countryside, we are treated to some simply beautiful scenery and a little slither of pure driving pleasure.
But, what does the rest of Europe have to offer?
Anyone who is a fan of motoring show Top Gear will know that they have already been on search for the best driving road in the world, deciding on the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The Pass itself is beautiful and, 9,000 feet up in the Alps, it offers stunning views over Italy. As well as this, it has daunting turns and switchbacks that have made it a rite of passage for adventure seeking drivers the world over. But, what are the other options, and what makes them great driving roads?
Although not technically a road, the Nurburgring in Germany is the most notorious racetrack in the world and, if speed is your thing, look no further. In fact, the Nurbergring is so notorious and so difficult to master that it has claimed lives in the past. Due to this, it may be best to keep your inner F1 star in check.
Where: Central Switzerland
The Nurburgring may be great for speed but, if scenery is more your thing, then look no further than the Klausen Pass in Switzerland. Passing straight through the heart of the Alps, the Klausen Pass incorporates some simply stunning scenery and, the hill climb will literally take your breath away. Every four years, classic cars from around the world complete the infamous climb as part of a race and, if you’re lucky enough to be there, you’ll have a day you truly remember forever.
Where: North Wales
If you fancy something a little closer to home but with all the excitement of the continent, the Betws-y-Coed triangle is the perfect driving route. The area used to be used for the RAC rally, and the hilly surroundings will test your driving prowess. Obviously, it remains a public road and, as a result, speed limits still apply. Luckily here, however, speed is not the key and if you drive with care, you really will experience the best of Britain.
So, whether you prefer speed, danger, skill or scenery, the perfect driving road is never far away. If you’re going over to the continent, make sure that you take in a couple of these roads at least to get the full experience. With the right car and the right European breakdown cover, you’ll never go far wrong.