The allure of the Mediterranean keeps calling. Summer may be drawing to a close, but knowing that you can explore charming beach villages in Spain, Italy and Portugal, with views that truly take your breath away, make road tripping along Europe’s Mediterranean coast that much more fulfilling. Research the right car hire companies, familiarise yourself with road rules, pack your clothes, shoes and embarrassing ipod playlists, and prepare to be inspired by the beauty of the Med along these coastal routes. The Amalfi Coast offers Italian class by the sea, southern Spain provides the sunniest of trips with a rustic feel and Portugal’s Cascais is the answer to coastal perfection. European countries have done major overhauls of their roadways, bridges and highways which has made driving in Europe remarkably safe and a viable way to sight see. On top of all of that, you can find great hotel deals on Easytobook.com to make your Europe trips that much more affordable!
Driving the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Driving along the Amalfi Coast is a truly rewarding way to appreciate the beauty of the coast and sheer brilliance of the engineers who built the connecting roads 500 feet above the glistening sea. The Mediterranean is showcased in its most natural form, and the coast was given the highest honour as a world heritage site. Imagine beautiful coastal towns, perfectly built into hillsides, with decadent villas, restaurants and shops overlooking the turquoise waters. The beaches themselves are dazzling and the mountainous terrain serves as the perfect backdrop to the Amalfi Coast. Drive through the villages of Salerno, Ravello, Amalfi, Valle dei Mulini, Praiano and Positano. Positano<.em> is one of the more well -known, and although pricey, tourists flock to celebrate its coastal opulence and to relive movie moments such as ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, which was filmed in Positano.
Portugal, the country of beautiful people, prego-roll-culture and mesmerising beaches, is the perfect place to explore by car. Escape the cramped tourist towns such as Algarve and rather drive along the coastal fishing town of Cascais. Located 30kms from Lisbon, this town is easily accessible by car. The beach sand is crystal white, and the villas and hotels are equally elaborate and beautiful as are the local beach goers. However Cascais has still managed to retain its character. The waterfront is a still an important meeting place for local fisherman and multi-coloured boats still decorate the harbour. From Cascais take a drive to the historic town of Sintra where you can explore ancient architectural wonders dating back to Roman times such as Palácio da Vila, and Palácio de Queluz.
Savour the South Coast of Spain
The southern coast of Spain is the perfect blend between traditional coastal port charm and holiday makers seeking sun and picturesque scenery. Driving along the Southern Coast is a foodies dream, offering the freshest of seafood that is delightful for the palate. The beaches are spectacular and the architecture showcases the true Spanish Gothic theme at its finest. Begin at Costa Del Sol and savour the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Peurto Banos. Continue to Gibraltar and marvel at the famed Rock of Gibraltar and then drive towards the fascinating town of Grenada – you can get a feel of small town Spanish lifestyle at its finest – siestas and parma ham are daily favourites. No road trip of southern Spain is complete without driving through the famous pueblo blancos (white villages). The town of Vejer , having managed to escape the tourist take-over, is a wonderful hilltop white village that has retained all its rustic charm and obvious beauty.
Road tripping along coastal highways is a rewarding way to experience culture, local feasts and stunning scenery. Holidays of this kind require preparation and it is important to know the rules of the road, as they differ across Europe, and also to ensure that you take out comprehensive cover for Europe. The allure of a road trip is that you are your own tour guide; your trip can be as simple or as luxurious as you choose and there is always a chance that you will come across little small-town delights on your journey.