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Top Euro Driving Holidays In 2016

Submitted by on 26/01/2016 – 8:58 amNo Comment
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January is traditionally the month where we turn our thoughts to the year ahead and many of us start to book holidays for a little light at the end of the tunnel.

This year, why not try a driving holiday? There are hundreds of amazing places to visit by car and this can often be an easy way to reach towns, villages and areas off the beaten track that you might not have a chance to see on a package holiday. You are in control of your destiny.

Here are some of my top European places for driving holidays in 2016:

Route 1, Iceland

Nowhere else in Europe can compare to the landscape and scenery of Iceland. Route 1 is the main road that rings the island. When I say main road you have to take that with a pinch of salt because only parts of the route are covered in tarmac and a good portion is just a gravel track.

The journey is about 830 miles long, starting in the capital Reykjavik, and takes in the spectacular sights of the Westfjords and Snæfellsnes peninsula, the waterfall at Dettifoss and the hot springs at Myvatn. A top tip would be to hire a quality 4×4. We did the journey in a Volvo estate and I wouldn’t recommend following suit!

The Lakes, Italy

The Italian lakes region in the north of the country is one of the most beautiful parts to visit. The lakes are filled with crystal clear waters and surrounded by vast mountain vistas and quaint villages.

It may seem to be a daunting drive if going from the UK but it is only about a day’s drive from Calais. You can always add a little overnight pit stop in France on the way. If in Lake Garda or Lake Como, keep an eye out for some world-famous celebrity faces as this is where many big name stars like to go for a break.

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

This famous route encircles the Iveragh peninsula and takes in some of the island’s most remarkable landscapes such as Killarney National Park and the ancient ringfort at Staigue. This is only a short adventure of about 110 miles but take at least a long weekend to cover it so you have enough time to see all the sights.

Black Forest, Germany

The Black Forest is a wooded mountain range which lies to the south west of the country. Travelling from Britain, you’ll first meet the region in Freiburg – about eight hours’ drive from Calais.

There are lots of camp sites in this region as it has become very popular because of its beautiful outdoor scenery and local traditions such as the famous Black Forest Gateaux. Triberg is also must visit destination to see Germany’s largest waterfall.

Wherever you are driving in Europe, always check the local rules of the road before you go as they can vary from place to place and requirements do change. If a driving holiday is a carrot to encourage you to pass your test, make sure you study this alongside the standard rules of the road you learn ahead of your theory test.

Be familiar with local rules on drink drive limits, the use of lights, speed limits and carrying children in your vehicle and check what documents you need to carry.

If hiring a car read all the small print. When booking a hire car for your holiday check the age limits that apply. Some car hire companies also require that you have held your licence for a certain amount of time before you can drive a hire car at home or abroad.


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