Alamo Rent A Car recommends its top driving routes in Europe

Spectacular coastal scenery, mountain views, historic towns and rural vistas await the adventurous driver willing to try out some of the best driving routes in the UK and Europe. Alamo Rent A Car is celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering European car hire and, to mark the occasion, experts at the car rental specialist have put together their pick of the 20 best driving trips in Europe.

Amy Dorrington, Marketing Director for Alamo says: –Renting a car on holiday is the best way to explore at your own pace and to your own itinerary. Europe has so much to offer - whether it's mountains and lakes, sun, sea and sand or city culture, it's all within comfortable driving distance.

Alamo makes discovering Europe hassle-free with its cross border policy: Vehicles are permitted entry from France into a variety of countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Monaco, Portugal and Spain, enabling endless Euro-trip possibilities from one car hire in France.

Amy continues: –Whilst Alamo and the car rental industry have evolved since 1988, our focus has remained the same - to provide a service dedicated to the leisure traveller that stands apart from the rest. The fact that we are celebrating our 20th anniversary in Europe proves that we do. We are proud and delighted to have reached this milestone and thank all our customers who have rented cars from us across the continent for helping us reach it.

Alamo's Top Recommended Drivers in Europe

1. Pula to Dalmatia, Croatia
Pula Airport to Rijeka Airport

With long, winding roads and sea views, Croatia's Adriatic coastline is among the most breathtaking on the continent.

2. Rzeszéw to Zamosc, Poland
Rzeszow Airport

Zigzag your way to the historic towns and cities in Poland's emotive South East.

3. Keswick and Lake Windermere, UK

Meander through the valleys, hills and lakes of Windermere and discover the charm of this beautiful part of the UK.

4. Ring of Kelly, Ireland
Shannon Airport

Spectacular cliff views and green fields sloping down to the waters of the North Atlantic, stitched with a lacework of low stone walls.

5. Shipka Pass, Bulgaria
Sofia Airport

Head South West along forested roads towards the Valley of the Roses.

6. Wuerzburg to Fuessen, Germany
Frankfurt Airport to Munich Airport

Witness the majestic scenery along –The Romantic Road.

7. The Grossglockner Road, Austria
Salzburg Airport

The grandfather of all modern Alpine highways, this route skirts storybook waterfalls and weaves through narrow wooded valleys.

8. The Czech Paradise, Czech Republic
Prague Airport

Protected roads boasting historical sites, forests and clifftop views.

9. Monte Carlo to Moulinet, France
Nice Airport to Bergerac Airport

An exquisite yet demanding drive along the world famous Monte Carlo Rally.

10. Val d'Isere, Bourg-St-Maurice to The Alps, France
Geneva Airport for both

Epic roads and wide sweeping zig-zags up through meadows and rocky escarpments.

11. Montalcino to Siena, Italy
Rome to Florence

Enjoy some of Italy's least crowded roads through one of the most glorious Tuscan landscapes.

12. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
Naples Airport

Unspoiled grandeur best experienced travelling the legendary route south to Ulysses from Sorrento.

13. The N222, Portugal
Porto Airport

High above the Douro River Valley between Viseu and Aveiro there is a tiny, vertiginous road boasting incomparable sea views.

14. San Pedro de Alcantara to Ronda, Spain
Malaga Airport for both

View the savage highlands of southern Spain on a serpentine route.

15. The road to Ronda, Spain
Malaga Airport

Drive along any of the nearby roads - El Burgo to Coín, for instance - to benefit from the remarkable mountain views.

16. The Ullapool to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

The perfect blend of moor with woodlands and sea with mountains. Steep climbs and tortuous turns are rewarded with incomparable views over the rocky headlands.

17. Val d'Anniviers to Zinal, Switzerland
Geneva Airport

For an undiscovered gem, drive on this serious mountain road, where you will benefit from the picture-book villages immersed in awe-inspiring high-valley scenery.

18. The Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Belfast Airport

Curving around the northeast corner of Ireland from Larne to Dunluce Castle is the Giant's Causeway with breathtaking views across the sea.

19. Telemark to Bergen, Norway
Oslo Airport to Bergen Airport

Take in the splendour of the thundering Latefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sorfjorden whose tranquil splendour inspired Grieg's –Morning Mood.

20. Around the island of Madeira, Portugal
Funchal, Madeira Airport

Travel along the coast and rugged interior of Madeira through road tunnels, along cliffs and skirt the ocean inches above the raging surf.

December 2008