Keeping you up to speed
When your comprehensive Octagon Car Insurance policy gives you 90 days European cover as standard*, it seems a shame to leave the car behind when you go away. So why not choose a European driving holiday this year?
When it comes to driving for fun in Europe, the top two choices are mountains or coasts. You can either head for the spectacular mountain passes of Central Europe, with their twisting roads and breathtaking views from high above, or curve casually around the coasts and enjoy the fresh sea air, beautiful beaches and quaint coastal towns.
Nothing rewards your choice of a driving holiday quite like the staggering views from the top of the classic Alpine passes. In fact, the views are pretty remarkable all the way up, and you’ll probably want to take turns driving so that everyone has a chance to appreciate the scenery, not just keep their eyes on the road ahead!
Winding Alpine passes snake up the side of the valleys and over the mountain tops of Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France. However, these are not like the crazy winding mountain roads of Morocco or Turkey, with their rough, stony road surfaces. These are roads designed for driving, so you can be sure of a good quality road surface and plenty of safety barriers.
If you plan your Alpine driving holiday carefully, you can include some of the most breathtaking roads in Europe. Here are five of the most exciting Alpine passes that simply have to be on your list:
If you prefer your driving holiday to be a little more on the level, but still just as interesting and beautiful for you and your passengers, then there are plenty of options for fascinating coastal drives. You might not get the very best of roads, but the winding B-roads and minor roads are worth the extra effort to get away from the crowds and enjoy the magnificent sea views in peace.
Most classic coastal routes link major resorts, but you’ll also find plenty of charming seaside towns and fishing villages along the way too. As you head away from the main tourist areas, you’ll also find the beaches start to empty, often giving you a secluded cove all to yourself for the afternoon. Here are five coastal drives that everyone should try:
Of course, if you can’t choose between a thrilling mountain drive and a scenic coastal route, you can always do both with the Basque Circuit in Spain. This 480km drive combines the Pyrenees with the beautiful Bay of Biscay in a spectacular driving holiday the gives you the very best of both worlds.
*All comprehensive Octagon Insurance policyholders are entitled to 90 days European cover within one period of insurance (12 months). If a total of 90 days is exceeded, third party European cover is provided. Please refer to your policy wording (Section I) for more details.