BOTB’s Top 5 Driving roads in Europe {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

11 May 2017

So you’re sitting there, playing BOTB, placing your coordinates. You’ve selected a few cars from our European promotion like the F-Type Sport 400, Alpine A110 and the 718 Boxster S. And next week Christian turns up at your door with one of them giving you the best surprise of your life…. but then what? You’re going to want to take your new sports car on an epic road trip of course! So I’ve chosen my five favourite driving roads in Europe so you can start planning…

1 - Route Napoleon, Southern France

This scenic road follows the route taken by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, but it’s far more than a history lesson. It’s a fast route, with lots of sweeping corners, long straights and cambered corners too. There are plenty of options for driving this route, from a scenic tour to the Gorge du Verdon (like the Grand Canyon but smaller) or a more challenging drive on the Col du Labouret. Whichever route you take you can be assured there will be amazing scenery all along the way along with the most exciting roads you’re likely to drive.

2 – North Coast 500, Scotland

The 500-mile circular trip of the NC500 explores the top of the United Kingdom and captures all the mysticism and romance of the area. It is the stops that make the trip, as much as the windy and often single-tracked road that meanders its way along the coast. A brief walk outside Ullapool sees you peering into the horizon for stunning views across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Castle ruins, smugglers’ caves, emerald lochs and a fair few distilleries are all scattered along the route. Few drives get to the heart of a country’s ancient heritage like the North Coast 500. Look out for a video from Christian and Paul Wallace from Supercars of London on this route very soon!

3 – Stelvio Pass, Italy

48 hairpins - that’s the main thing you need to know about the Stelvio Pass. The incredible road voted the best driving road in the world by Top Gear in 2008 is a twisting ribbon of tarmac that makes its way up in to the Alps one switchback at a time. You’ll want a nimble sports car to tackle it properly, so you can flick it around the hairpins then blast up to the next one. If you head up the pass you also get many miles of fantastic roads before you arrive as well, taking you through the Stelvio National Park. I recommend getting there bright and early though as it gets very busy with tourists, cyclists and motorbikes during the day.

4 – Transfagarasan, Romania

The Stelvio held its Top Gear title for a few years, but then Clarkson found a new gem and it replaced the Italian road at the top of his list – a little known ribbon of road in Romania with a nearly unpronounceable name – the Transfagarasan. The road, that was built as a strategic military route, has 90 km of twists and turns, steep drops and climbs. It climbs up to 2,034 metres altitude and is the second highest paved road in Romania after Transalpina, which is also a recommended road to include in your journey. Drive through tunnels covered by waterfalls, stop by Bâlea Lake for a beautiful view, and enjoy a variety of landscapes and a beautiful road design that makes this mountain pass unique. The key to enjoying Transfagarasan is getting there the right time of the year, and right time of the day. In the summer it is crowded with tourist traffic but if you arrive before sunrise or do not mind driving it when the sun is starting to set, you should still be able to get some one on one time with the road.

5 – Trollstigen, Norway

Dramatic, cascading waterfalls, 11 tight hairpin bends, breathtaking mountain views, incredibly steep inclines and awe-inspiring glimpses of the twisting route unfolding before your very eyes are what draw thrill-seeking travellers to the Trollstigen route in Norway’s Rauma region. Meaning Troll’s Ladder, the mountain road is studded with strikingly designed viewing platforms offering limitless photographic opportunities – or just the chance to gaze out over the 1,050ft-high Stigfossen waterfall, which motorists also cross on an arched, stone bridge. Some of the best views of all are from the 2,300ft plateau where there’s a car park and visitor centre, although the joy of driving the narrow road itself, often lined with rows of jagged stones, is what attracts keen drivers.