With affordable car rental rates, road trips are becoming a popular way of travel. Without restricted travel times, road trips enable us to take things as they come, heading off the beaten track to discover new locations and hidden gems as we desire. Road-trips allow the option of indulging in a destination or swiftly moving on to find what’s next.
Covering over 10,000 square kilometres, mainland Europe is the perfect region to explore on a road trip. Here are the top five destinations that you shouldn’t miss on your European road trip.
Although there is no documented evidence of the city until 1066, legend says that Lille was founded by giants in 600AD. Sitting on the banks of the Deûle River, the beautiful city of Lille is the perfect pit stop to experience the quintessential character and cuisine of France. Fine brick houses line cobbled streets in the historic square, where you can take a moment to grab a bite and a couple of drinks as you marvel at the surrounding architecture. When travelling through France, it’s important to remember that all cars need to have an unused breathalyser on board as outlined by The Secret Traveller.
Located within the Tuscany region of central Italy, is the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The 56m marble structure took 344 years to build and had already begun to sink just five years into construction due to shifting soil below. This iconic tower is actually the bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa. At this attraction, you will have the chance climb up the tower. However, if you’re planning to visit other areas of the Cathedral, please dress modestly.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Not to be missed is the iconic race track! The streets of Monte Carlo make up the famous F1 Grand Prix circuit. Whilst you can’t expect to complete your lap in record time, (the streets of Monte Carlo become very busy outside of race events, much like any other city) it is certainly an experience worth ticking off your bucket list. You can even walk the route if you prefer to take things in at a slower pace.
The colourful houses that line the Douro River are an inviting welcome to Porto. With a medieval centre of cobbled streets that pass the houses and cafes of former merchants, there is certainly plenty to explore in Porto. The city is also famous for the production of Port wine offering plenty of opportunity for connoisseurs to tantalise their taste buds.
Lake Como, Italy
Set against the dramatic landscape of the snow-capped Rhaetian Alps, the waters of Lake Como provide peace and tranquillity. The pretty towns of Varenna, Menaggio, Bellagio and Como City surround the lake and are filled with all the amenities you could need whilst remaining an elegant example of the local culture without an imposing touristy vibe.
Have you been on a Euro road trip? What is your favourite destination?