Continental Europe has become one of the most popular holiday regions in the world in recent times, and with a vast number of countries, dialects, cuisines and cultures to discover, it’s not hard to see why. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to this spectacular continent, here are five reasons why you should.
The Millau Viaduct
A truly amazing sight, and a pleasure to drive on if you have a head for heights, the Millau Viaduct forms part of the A75 autoroute. One of the masts is a staggering 343 metres high, and the bridge itself is almost 2,500 metres in length. Officially opened in 2004, on a windy day it’s not necessarily the ideal location for the faint-hearted.
Following the Rhine
Rural Germany is one of the most pleasant parts of Europe at the best of time, but in the summer it really is a place of splendour. There are many roads which criss-cross the picturesque River Rhine, and driving along them can make you feel as though you have stepped back in time.
The north of Italy is home to a stunning selection of lakes, but Como is, for many people, the jewel in the crown. the sheer beauty of the whole area is breath-taking, and visitors won’t be surprised that some of the most famous celebrities in the world, including Madonna, Sylvester Stallone and Gianni Versace, have lived there at some point. Be sure to take a camera with you if you go there, because the views are wonderful.
The main roads in Germany are a pleasure to drive on for those who like to put the pedal to the metal. On many sections, there is no fixed speed limit, so it’s possible to open the throttle a little more and set a faster pace. Be warned, however, that dangerous driving will not be tolerated, so it pays to still be very careful. To make it easy to get around, it would be a good idea to visit an online car shop to purchase a sat-nav system before setting off.
Negotiating the Oberalp Pass
Switzerland is home to some of Europe’s highest mountains, and because of this the roads can often provide scenic, but hair-raising, experiences. The Oberalp Pass is over 2,000 metres above sea level, and it will come as no surprise to discover that it’s often closed when the weather is at its most severe.
Dvaid Rice is based in the UK and often drives across to continental Europe. He always takes his iPhone car charger so he can be sure of being in touch with the outside world.