Looking for the ‘drive of your life’? Want to experience stunning landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas? And all from the comfort of your car? There are numerous driving holidays in Europe that deliver just that. With the summer holidays now in full swing, there is no better time to take advantage of those sights and sounds. So whether you would like to drive through the Dutch bloom, the Italian coast or the country roads in Provence, our guide, with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover, will point you in the right direction.
Bollenstreek Route, Netherlands
The Netherlands’ Bollenstreek Route (Flower Route) offers motorists one of the most beautiful drives in Europe. The 25 mile (40 kilometre) route starts in Haarlem and includes the Frans Hals Museum, Lisse, ending in Naaldwijk. Driving through the Dutch countryside, motorists will be treated to an extravaganza of daffodils, narcissi, and hyacinths, irises and tulips. Motorists will also find numerous museums, private gardens and villages along the way, as well as the two charming cities – Haarlem and Leiden – offering an abundance of local history and canal-side beauty.
Find directions from Calais to Haarlem with RAC Route Planner – 4 hours 47 mins.
Sorrentine Peninsula, Italy
Stretching along the southern coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Province of Salerno, this driving holiday offers beauty and theatre in equal measure: with scenic towns and lush forests complimenting the coasts’ sea-plunging mountains. Sorrentine is a former cliff-top resort that has managed to hold on to its traditional charm and the port of Salerno has its own lively historic centre. Driving along the Southern Italian coastline, motorists should take the time to explore Positano and Amalfi, while the mountaintop of Ravello has a host of grand villas.
Find directions from Calais to Amalfi with RAC Route Planner – 18 hours 15 mins.
The Provence Route, France
France’s Provence route offers motorists the opportunity to take full advantage of those sleepy market towns that come to life every weekend. The route starts in Avignon and goes through Les Délices du Luberon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Roussillon, Moustiers, La Bastide de Moustiers, ending in Les Baux-de-Provence. On this route motorists will travel through numerous villages each offering boutiques and local specialities and crafts. Quintessentially French, this taste of Provence presents drivers with many rural roads where they can stop off and take in all those olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards.
Find directions from Calais to Avignon with RAC Route Planner – 8 hours 26 mins.
Cantabria Coast, Spain
Spain’s Cantabria, with its 130 miles of amazing coastline, is littered with beautiful beaches and coves. As well as the fishing ports, estuaries and headlands to enjoy, there is always a café nearby for refuelling. There are also traditional villages, forested hills, limestone mountains and landscapes laced with rivers. Apart from the attractions delivered by Mother Nature, you can also enjoy man-made ones. With the medieval village of Santillana del Mar, near the coast and Santander, motorists have the opportunity to take in more historical delights. If history is your thing, the Altamira Cave has some of the world's best examples of ancient rock paintings, over 14,000 years old.
Find directions from Calais to Cantabria with RAC Route Planner – 12 hours 32 mins.
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