Sometimes it’s too cold to swim, never to drive! On these 10 coastal roads of Europe you can enjoy the sea in a spectacular way …
The C710 leads once across the island, so strictly speaking, is not a coastal road. But from Port d’Andratx to Palma de Mallorca and from Port de Pollença to the Cap Formentor (photo) you drive by the sea. The spectacular road winds its way along the steep coast, meanders through mountains and leads through picturesque villages. And it takes you up to Mallorca’s highest mountain, the Serra de Tramuntana.
The 120 kilometer Alabaster Coast (Côte d’Albâtre) in French Normandy stretches from Le Havre to Le Tréport. The name got the coast because of the white chalk cliffs, some of which tower over 100 meters high. Particularly striking are Cape Fagnet and Cape d’Antifer.
In Northern Europe, the Atlantic Road in Norway is one of the most spectacular car routes. Between Molde and Kristiansund, the eight-kilometer road runs along the west coast – or twelve bridges over the sea. On a nice day you can see whales and seals with luck!
We owe Napoleon to the incredibly beautiful coastal route Route de la Grande Corniche between Nice and Menton: the French Emperor let the road on the Côte d’Azur into the mountains, partly along the ancient Roman Via Julia Augusta. Today we enjoy great views over the sparkling sea from a height of 500 meters and stop in picturesque villages.
Tip: Below the track, you can also go by train – guaranteed no traffic jams: Cote d’Azur: From the train you can see better
The Adriatic highway (Croatian: Jadranska Magistrala) leads more than 1,200 kilometers along the Adriatic through Croatia to Montenegro. On one side the deep blue sea with its bays, beaches, islands and coastal towns, on the other wild mountain landscape. Especially beautiful is the section “Makarska Riviera” between Dubrovnik and Split.
170 kilometers, the road leads along the famous Ring of Kerry. The uniquely beautiful coastal road in southwest Ireland offers great views of the Atlantic Ocean and many small islands. On the other side, moorland and sheep pastures stretch to the horizon. There are also sights to see such as the restored stone walls of Cahergall.
The Amalfitana meanders along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast: over 50 kilometers, the coastal road south of Naples stretches from Meta to Vietri sul Mare. Impressive are the views of the cliffs and the Gulf of Salerno. On the way lie the picturesque villages of Positano and Praiano, below the road are hidden coves and restaurants.
Tip : The best way to start immediately after sunrise – later you are stuck in traffic!
More information ? Holidays in Campania: heaven, that’s beautiful!
The Scottish answer to Route 66 in the US: From Inverness to the remotest parts of the northern Highlands, this dreamlike route runs along the east, north and west coasts before returning to Inverness across the interior. In the north it is barren, in the west dominate the wild highlands.
From Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Côte Vermeille in the southwest of France, a beautiful route leads across the Spanish border to El Port de la Selva on the Costa Brava. On a total of 36 kilometers, the road winds very close to the sea and offers gigantic views of rugged cliffs.
The Kystriksveien Fv17 leads from Steinkjer to Bodø. At more than 650 kilometers you drive past some 12,000 offshore islands, white sand beaches and many sights. Particularly enchanting is the Vega Archipelago, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO – it has more than 600 islands and archipelagos.
These are the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe!
You like intoxicating views? You love the sea? You like to roam around in the car? Then these coastal roads, which are recommended by motor home rental McRent , are just the thing for you.
From Mallorca to France to Norway and Ireland, there is something for everyone. Whether you like the turquoise shimmering Mediterranean Sea or the rough Atlantic, whether you want to see whales or prefer to drink an Aperol Spritz in the summer sun. These coastal roads will make your eyes sparkle!