Great European road trips: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice

Great European Road Trips: Readers' Tips, Recommendations And Travel Advice

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The rise and fall of a Grecian odyssey

South west of Kalamata in Greece, the seemingly sheer drop of Mount Taygetus into the sea hides our road. It turns and rises alongside hidden inlets into a classic landscape of cypress, olives and stone cottages. The sea dips in and out of sight. Above the tiled roofs of Kardamili, a magnificent view of mountain and deep blue sea fringed by a lush sea plain comes into view. The road sweeps down to the coast and follows a series of bays. South of Areopolis the scenery turns to semi-desert. After a diversion to a seaside taverna at Gerolimenas, we rise high above the sea past the hilltop village of stone towers at Vathi to a narrow strip of land.

Here crescent bays and villages nestle at the foot of a golden peninsula. The road s end is a tiny beach at the end of Europe and the chance for a dip in the sea.

Caroline Stubbs, by email

White Cliffs of Dover from La Route des Deux Caps

In France I love the drive from Wimereux, north of Boulogne, to Calais. Following the D940, a coastal road known as La Route des Deux Caps, it is best undertaken on a clear day; the view across the sea of the White Cliffs of Dover is stunning. Charming villages make great stopping places to buy locally caught shellfish, or enjoy eating it at the varied choice of restaurants and bistros. If time allows, leave the main road and follow the signs to Cap Gris-Nez, before Wissant or Cap Blanc-Nez farther north, step out of the car and enjoy the bracing air and views of unspoilt agricultural land on one side and the sea and White Cliffs of Dover on the other. The route is 22 miles long and without stopping takes no more than 45 minutes.

Ren e Ripley, Berkshire

Great European Road Trips: Readers' Tips, Recommendations And Travel Advice

Pleasant diversions on the D roads to Carcassonne

From Caen in northern France, drive south on D roads for Carcassonne, but stop at Les Ombrages, in Vibrac on the Charente. This allows a visit to Jarnac, home of Courvoisier, and Bassac Abbey. Continue south towards the Pyrenees, over the Black Mountain, and base yourself at tiny Le Clos des Souquets in Fabrezan, north of Narbonne. There is much to see: Carcassonne itself; Fontfroide Abbey; the Cathar ch teaux of Queribus, Arques, Peyrepertuse; the Holy Grail connection to Rennes-le-Ch teau; the Canal du Midi; Corbi res wineries; olive and fig trees. Coming home, stop at Cajarc on the Lot, see saffron fields, troglodyte houses and Lapopie. Farther north, past Domme, the Dordogne and Sarlat, another good stop is Val de Vienne, a delightful motel with good food on the banks of the Vienne between Confolens and Isle de Jourdain. On the way back to Caen, cross the Loire at Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is buried.

Annabel Bailey, Berkshire

Taking the long road to Turkey

Ever since hearing about my father-in-law s road trips from Wiltshire to his property in Turkey, I had wanted to tag along and experience it for myself. On a sunny Sunday we set off for Dover in the trusty M gane estate stuffed with supplies for the summer retreat near Izmir, Turkey. It took five days to meander through France, Switzerland, Italy and, after a further ferry crossing, Greece. Highlights included the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland, authentic pizza in Bologna and a moving visit to the battlefield beaches of Gallipoli. The journey home was by air and, while quicker, it certainly was not as enjoyable as the drive down.

Nick Webb, Wiltshire

Great European Road Trips: Readers' Tips, Recommendations And Travel Advice

Twists and turns at altitude on the Albula Pass

Anyone who has taken the Rhaetian Railway from Chur to St Moritz could not have failed to see the Albula Pass (2,315m) roadway zigzagging under it, over it, and beside it. The journey from La Punt in the Engadine valley to Thusis combines spectacular vistas with the ultimate driving skills as the often single-track road twists and turns through lush Alpine meadows and forests. The views can further be enjoyed from vantage points dotted along the pass. One can also enjoy the splendid flora and fauna and perhaps catch sight of an ibex. Passable only in summer, the section from Preda to Berg n becomes a sledge run in winter.

Trevor Hunter, Devon

A mule cart comes to the rescue in Morocco

My husband Tom and I have enjoyed many motoring trips in Europe and Morocco. Usually sailing to Bilbao or Santander but also to Calais, we drive on to Biarritz, then southern Spain, before taking the ferry to Tangiers.

Tom has always had unbelievable faith in my ability to get us out of any difficult situation, but he was pushing his luck when I drove through what I thought was shallow water on a dirt road in Morocco and became marooned. Along came the cavalry: a two-wheeled cart with mule carrying three Moroccans. They sorted our predicament with a rope tied to the car and the harness of the mule. Within minutes we were rescued and a profusely grateful husband rewarded them with probably a month s wages.

Patricia Roberts, Shropshire

Great European Road Trips: Readers' Tips, Recommendations And Travel Advice

Mother-daughter bonding en route to Barcelona

My daughter and I were apprehensive as we boarded the Dover-Calais ferry at the beginning of our road trip to Barcelona. She had bought my Ford Focus and it needed to be taken to Ibiza. After the first night in Arras, we drove through the valley of the Somme and arrived in Fontainebleau early afternoon lovely town, lovely cr pes!

We saw Napoleon s residence (impressive), then carried on to Clermont-Ferrand and spent a night there. Next day we drove up to 1,160m and encountered heavy snow. We took a D road to Carcassonne, a beautiful city, then onward to Ax-les-Thermes. The road to Andorra was closed because of the wintry conditions, so we headed east to Perpignan and then down to Lloret and Barcelona. After two nights in a hotel (a Mother s Day treat), I saw my daughter on to a ferry.

Lynda Lister, Yorkshire

Sheer drops and scooters on the Amalfi coast

My favourite road trip in Europe has to be the coastal road from Sorrento to Amalfi, passing by Positano along the way. I ve driven along there numerous times in various modes of transport, and it is truly exhilarating.

I first experienced it at the age of 17 on a coach trip and the views were amazing. The next time I decided to drive by scooter, which is not for the faint-hearted but is an experience not to be missed. The road twists and turns with sheer drops down to the sea on one side and steep cliffs at the other.

Liz Denial, Nottingham

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