The best road for a true petrol head is obviously the one where they can unleash their entire stable of horses and, at the same time, thoroughly enjoy their vehicle’s driving dynamics, but what if you went on a hunt for the most spectacular of them all?
Enter the Volkswagen Group’s Seat division that has attempted to answer that question with their own Top 10 of the most driver-awarding and eye-pleasing roads in the world.
So, let’s begin our journey with a countdown, and oh, do tell us what you think about the Spanish firm’s choices and why not, give us your very own list of the most impressive roads in the globe in the comments below.
10) Route 66, USA
Number 10 is reserved for the famous Route 66, in the USA, also known as ‘Mother Road’. It even became a hit song “Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”. It extends for over 4,000 km (2,485 miles), crossing seven states to join Chicago, in Illinois, and Santa Monica in California.
9) Great Ocean Road, Australia
Australia’s Great Ocean Road, a 243 km (151 miles) long motorway that stretches along Victoria’s coast, holds the ninth position. It drives through well-known landmarks such as London Arch and The Twelve Apostles, natural limestone and sandstone rock formations on the high cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean, towns rainforests and national parks.
8) Ruta 40, Argentina
For the Ruta 40, we’ll have to travel to Argentina to one of the world’s highest roads, which reaches more than 5,000 meters (~16,400 feet) in altitude and stretches for a whopping 5,200 km (3,231 miles), from south to north, running parallel to the Andes mountains, crossing 21 national parks and 18 major rivers.
7) Atlanterhavsveien, Norway
The seventh place is reserved for Norway’s Atlanterhavsveien, and if you can’t remember its name, then you can always ask for directions towards the Atlantic Road. It is only 8.72 km (5.4 miles) long and joins several islands together, sitting just a few meters above the Atlantic Ocean.
6) Desfiladero de la Hermida, Spain
This 21 km (13 miles) extension in Desfiladero de la Hermida, in Spain, promises to impress with fantastic views of cliffs, some of which rise to 600 meters (1,969 feet).
5) Romantic Road, Germany
Per the Spanish firm, the world’s fifth best road is located slightly up north, in Germany, and it sees the Romantic Road being brought forward. It crosses more than 60 towns and cities over 400 km (249 miles) before ending at the Bavarian Alps.
4) Route Napoléon, France
For the fourth position, Seat wants to take us to Route Napoleon, in France, on a 325 km (202 miles) long road that crosses the regions of Provenence-Alps-Cote d’Azur and Rhone-Alpes, traveling through a number of picturesque towns.
3) Furka Pass, Switzerland
The bronze medal, in Seat’s mind, goes to the neighboring Switzerland, and its Furka Pass, which became well known after featuring in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. This route is one of the highest mountain passes in Europe and it’s located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, guaranteeing spectacular views.
2) Stelvio Pass, Italy
Located at an altitude of 2,757 meters (9,045 feet), the Stelvio Pass in Italy has 48 neck-twisting turns and an impressive scenery, as it maintains its reputation for being the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps. Spanning on 24 kilometers (15 miles) and with an average slope of 7.6 percent, it is also considered to be one of the most difficult stages of the Giro d’Italia for cyclists. It’s believed that it will lend its name to Alfa Romeo’s upcoming SUV.
1) Transfagarasan, Romania
Well, if this sounds familiar, it is because the old Top Gear already did it, back when Jezza, Captain Slow and the Hamster were still with BBC, and during their search, they found the famous Transfagarasan in Romania, which also happens to top Seat’s list. The impressive road runs through the Carpathian mountains and it’s mostly opened to motorists from June to October, each year.