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The 5 most scenic roads in Europe for this summer

  Tuesday, 12 June 2012

There’s nothing more pleasant in the summer than enjoying a scenic drive in the sunshine. If you are planning a road trip into Europe in the coming weeks and you are looking for some breath-taking views to savour then read on for our favourite scenic routes across the continent.

Good roads are often easy to find even here in the UK, but truly spectacular drives only come along once in a blue moon. Many of the following roads are not man-made, they simply ooze natural beauty whether it is rolling hills or glistening coastline we’re sure you’ll appreciate what we have to show you!

Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

This stunning 5.2 mile section of road connects the island of Averoy with Norway’s mainland Romsdalshalvoya peninsula. Originally proposed as a railway line, the road was opened in July 1989 and rides above the sea at low and high tides. This kind of expansive scenery is enough to give anyone goosebumps thanks to the ‘Norwegian construction of the century’.

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Oberalp Pass, Switzerland

An incredible road that is only open throughout the summer months, the Oberalp Pass is extremely popular with motoring enthusiasts with its spiralling, windy roads complemented with staggering views high in the Swiss mountains. The road is closed and used as a ski slope and a toboggan run in the winter, which tells you just how steep the road is!

Trollstigen, Norway

Arguably one of the most spectacular attractions of the Fjords in Norway, the steep mountainous road in the Rauma region has to be seen to be believed. With a series of steep, narrow roads and a view of two beautiful mountain-side waterfalls it is an incredibly challenging drive as well as one of the most visually stimulating drives in Europe.

Col de Turini, France

Located at over one mile above sea level, the Col de Turini is a magnificent mountain pass found deep in the Alps. With expansive views of the Alps and multiple hairpins and long stretch lines it is a driver’s delight. A section of the Col de Turini is also used as a rally stage in the Monte Carlo Rally in the World Rally Championship, during which rally drivers reach speeds over 110mph on these tight lines – outrageous!

Transfagarasan, Romania

Endorsed as the best road in the world by those lovable chaps at Top Gear, the Transfagarasan represents over 90 kilometres of twists and turns, peaks and troughs throughout the Carpathian Mountains – the highest mountain range in Romania. Between October and June the road is covered with snow and is therefore impassable, so the summer is the only time of the year you can experience raw driving ecstasy!

Here is a clip of Jeremy Clarkson and co. exploring the Transfagarasan for you to see it in all its glory:

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