Europe’s Most Spiritual Road Trips
Some of the most rewarding and spiritual journeys we have as humans are when we explore and interact with nature and experience new cultures. In Europe, we are blessed with a variety of landmarks, architecture, languages, cultures and culinary differences that see millions of tourists flock to the continent each year in order to experience a slice of the action. One of the most wonderful ways to experience Europe is by car, which is why we wanted to share with you our guide to the most spiritual road trips in Europe.
The Amalfi Coast is considered Italy’s most picturesque stretch of coastline. With pastel-shaded villages aligning the hillsides sloping into a dramatic deep blue sea make this area of Italy a breath-taking, must see drive. Deemed by UNESCO as “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values.”
Begin your trip in the busy port of Salerno known as one of the main Allied beachheads during the 1943 invasion of Italy. Passing through Vietri Sul Mare you will begin to see what all the fuss is about as your get your first glimpse of the dramatic coastline. We recommend a stop at the romantic town of Ravello, a town blessed with lush gardens, quiet lanes, sleepy, sun-drenched corners and loft setting.
Once reaching Amalfi your journey must continue through to Positano and onto the beautiful town of Sorrento, stopping off at as many stops as possible for this once in a lifetime journey.
Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria
The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is an Alpine Road perfect for the petrolheads amongst you. With 36 hair-raising turns and views of Austria’s largest mountain, this journey is guaranteed to have you coming back for more. Built like an elaborate F1 circuit with panorama views of the snow covered Johannisberg caps as well as hiking trails into the Gamsgrube special area of conservation – this journey is spectacularly dramatic and is a must see European road trip.
The dramatic drive along Norway’s Trollstigen is likely to amaze even the most well-travelled individual. Even on the highest ledge or smallest crag, you will see a distant light of someone who has made their home in this wild inhabitance. With beautiful scenery and eleven hairpin bends, this drive has the perfect blend of beauty and adrenalin. Stops are encouraged along the road as you take in the sheltered strawberry-growing patches.
North Coast 500, Scotland
View Scotland in all its beauty by driving the North Coast 500 circuit. Check out spots along the Black Isle, Caithness for its unspoilt, dramatic scenery and Easter Ross with its seaboard villages and vast beauty. This 516-mile loop that travels Scotland’s most scenic routes was designed to bring together the best of the North Highlands in one iconic tour. Its intention certainly doesn’t disappoint as the stunning scenery makes this a trip to remember.
The cote d’Azure is one of the world’s most beautiful areas and the jewel in the crown of France’s spectacular scenery. With a variety of backdrops, wonderful weather, and vast wealth the Cote d’Azure is a must drive bucket list moment. Its diversity can have you enjoying breakfast on a beach, exploring Nice’s old town by lunch and an afternoon roaming the hills in Provence. The list of fabulous cities aligning the way are endless; Cannes, Monaco, St Tropez, Nice and Marseille all of which will provide you with the riches of the South of France. For the full discovery of the South of France or the whole of France for that matter why not hire a car in Paris to start your journey.