After years of defending my flying lifestyle something changed when I took a short road trip out along the Great Ocean Road. The long winding roads that changed dramatically from cityscape to cliff-face with only a small metal barrier separating you from the sea, and then into the lush rain forests of Cape Otway National Park – where many Australian car commercials are filmed because of it’s beauty.
But where else could I take my newfound love of driving to on my next holiday? Here are 4 choices which I just can’t decide between.
Atlantic Highway, Norway
To see the fjords of Norway would be an amazing experience. The mountains, the ocean and plenty of UNESCO World Heritage sights. All of this can be encapsulated in a Norwegian road trip which takes you between Geiranger, Trollstigen, the Atlantic Road, Kristianund, and Molde.
Along this road is the famous “The Seven Sisters” waterfall, a viking ship in Håholmen, the Ona Lighthouse, and Molde – famous for the Molde International Jazz Festival.
The Atlantic Road is an 8.3-kilometer section of road which runs through the towns of Kristiansund and Molde in Møre og Romsdal, part of Fjord Norway.
The road is an impressive one as it zigzags across 12 low bridges which just out over the Atlantic Sea; the tallest bridge, Storseisundet Bridge (above) has a dramatic curve to it.
Many travellers drive the Atlantic Road in the autumn period because of the pounding rain experienced in the region, though I’m not quite sure that’s my thing!
Most people wouldn’t consider hiring a car in Mallorca, an island just off the coast of Spain, but in fact there is so much to see on the island that a car is the perfect way to see everything the island has to offer.
With mountainous regions and perhaps the most dramatic scenery in the Balearica, a road trip beginning and ending in Palma. Visit places like Port D’Andratx – what used to be a haven for smugglers and now home to many local fisherman – before continuing on to Bañalbufar and the Mirador de Ses Animes, a belvedere constructed in the 17th century which offers visitors a panoramic view of the coastline from 100m above sea level. Definitely the perfect way to end the day.
Northern Ireland Coastline
A road trip is the perfect way to see the rugged coastline of Northern Ireland between Belfast and Londonderry/Derry.
Beginning in Belfast be sure to stop at the newly developed Titanic Quarter which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, but the highlight on this road trip has to be the Giant’s Causeway. The result of an ancient volcanic eruption, the approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns is a site of Irish legend and geological interest to many.
Other stops worth taking including Dunluce Castle and if you fancy a quick tipple before making it to Derry then stop at the Bushmill’s Distillery, before you reach Londonderry/Derry.
Alpine Road, Germany
One of the classic European drives, the scenic route along the edge of the Bavarian Alps is full of twists and turns and plenty of quaint German villages to visit, such as Oberstaufen, Ettal, and Bad Tölz.
Apart from the beautiful Alpine meadows, snow-capped mountains and forests, stop at Garmisch winer-sport resort under Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak; or visit King Ludwig’s fairy tale castle – Neuschwanstein and the Linderhof palaces. Along the route are plenty of spas, adventure sports, and natural landscapes just begging you to relax amongst them. If you’re up for a bit of a challenge then be sure to take to the Alpine Road on motorbike, the perfect way to really test your machine.