Coastal Roads

8 of the most breath-taking coastal roads to drive this Summer

When your next beach blast is just a drive away, nothing builds the anticipation like travelling down a breathtaking coastal road. We've selected the elite - from Cali to the Med, and beyond - across multiple continents. All you need to do is pick your perfect soundtrack, slide on your sunglasses, and start your engine.

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Country: Monaco/France

ADR: 3.8:1

Road: Route de la Turbie

Whether you crave sensational scenery and coastal charm, or want to engage your inner culture vulture with Roman history and ruins galore, Route de la Turbie - c'est magnifique! Plus, the road itself features multiple long straights, so you can reach optimal cruising speed whilst taking in the unique atmosphere of the drive. Top tip: be sure to visit the Tête de Chien - the views are simply stunning.

length /km
08
Bends
16
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
15
Accelerating %
8.1
Cruising %
73.8
Braking %
4.5
Cornering %
13.6
length /km
08
Accelerating %
8.1
Bends
16
Cruising %
73.8
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
4.5
Fast Straights
15
Cornering %
13.6

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Country: South Africa

ADR: 3.1:1

Road: Chapman's Peak Drive - Hour Bay to Chapman's Peak

Coined as "Chappies" by the locals, Chapman's Peak Drive's winding road boasts a total of 114 twists and turns that traverse the rocky coastline - so you'll need all your driving skills to hand. Get ready to see sheer drops below to the sea, and towering mountains above you to the sky - creating a stunning South African drive. Top tip: if you'd like to pick up a local memento, Noordhoek and Hout Bay boast lots of local quaint shops and active weekend markets.

length /km
09
Bends
24
Hairpin Bends
05
Fast Straights
17
Accelerating %
10.6
Cruising %
68.2
Braking %
5.7
Cornering %
15.6
length /km
09
Accelerating %
10.6
Bends
24
Cruising %
68.2
Hairpin Bends
05
Braking %
5.7
Fast Straights
17
Cornering %
15.6

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Country: Greece

ADR: 5.1:1

Road: Thera - Oia, Santorini

Sun, sea, sand, and...sweeping curves and tight bends! The Greek island of Santorini boasts a gorgeous coastal route from Thera to Oia which will let you show off your driving skills. You'll see classic lime-washed houses glistening in the sun as you enjoy the sea views. Top tip: When you want a break from exploring, visit the Lioyerma pool to combine lunch with a refreshing swim - and a great view of the Aegean sea.

length /km
12
Bends
26
Hairpin Bends
07
Fast Straights
16
Accelerating %
8.2
Cruising %
78.6
Braking %
4.4
Cornering %
8.8
length /km
12
Accelerating %
8.2
Bends
26
Cruising %
78.6
Hairpin Bends
07
Braking %
4.4
Fast Straights
16
Cornering %
8.8

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Country: Ireland

ADR: 5.8:1

Road: Ring of Kerry - Tahilla to Killorglin

This stretch of the ring of Kerry is a fascinating trip that’ll see you sneaking through magnificent valleys, crossing shimmering rivers and lakes, skirting sandy beaches and meandering past cliffy coastlines. The route is dotted with historical gems including castles, churches and natural landmarks like waterfalls and lakes – so make sure you remember your camera! Top tip: Take a slight detour and visit Muckross House, the grand mansion at the centre of Killarney National Park - Queen Victoria stayed here in 1861.

length /km
43
Bends
67
Hairpin Bends
11
Fast Straights
46
Accelerating %
5.3
Cruising %
82.4
Braking %
2.7
Cornering %
9.6
length /km
43
Accelerating %
5.3
Bends
67
Cruising %
82.4
Hairpin Bends
11
Braking %
2.7
Fast Straights
46
Cornering %
9.6

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Country: USA

ADR: 8.5:1

Road: Highway 1 from Castroville to Big Sur, California

Pacific Coast Highway

This stretch of Highway 1 chases the ragged central California coastline to Big Sur, going via the picture perfect Carmel. This drive is renowned for its sensational views over rocky cliffs, revealing the Pacific Ocean's whitecaps as they rush past staggering dark rocks. This drive features a mixture of sweeping curves, straights and some more tricky bends to navigate, but it’s the endless views out over the ocean that will make you want to drive this road time and time again.

length /km
74
Bends
36
Hairpin Bends
12
Fast Straights
36
Accelerating %
0.8
Cruising %
9.1
Braking %
0.4
Cornering %
9.1
length /km
74
Accelerating %
0.8
Bends
36
Cruising %
9.1
Hairpin Bends
12
Braking %
0.4
Fast Straights
36
Cornering %
9.1

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Country: Australia

ADR: 5.2:1

Road: Great Ocean Road from The Twelve Apostles to Apollo Bay

Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s most scenic and iconic coastal drives, this section of the route takes you past the iconic Twelve Apostles along cliff top sand through lush green forests where if you look carefully you may spot koalas up in the canopies above you. Cruise through Great Otway National Park and stop off to admire the waterfalls and tranquil lakes, before heading back out on the road to the coast as the road curves and swoops round bends.

length /km
85
Bends
48
Hairpin Bends
06
Fast Straights
44
Accelerating %
0.7
Cruising %
83.3
Braking %
0.4
Cornering %
15.7
length /km
85
Accelerating %
0.7
Bends
48
Cruising %
83.3
Hairpin Bends
06
Braking %
0.4
Fast Straights
44
Cornering %
15.7

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Country: Spain

ADR: 3.7:1

Road: Zumaia to Zarauz via the N-634

The Basque Country

One of the most beautiful Spanish coastal roads falls between the villages of Zarautz and Zumaia: the N-634. It’s one of the many excellent roads in the Basque Country, and this one doesn’t disappoint with its exceptional views and multitude of twists and turns to navigate. There are superb bends of all flavours plus lots of elevation changes especially when passing through the coastal towns and villages along the route.

length /km
12
Bends
22
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
22
Accelerating %
5.9
Cruising %
73.6
Braking %
3.2
Cornering %
17.3
length /km
12
Accelerating %
5.9
Bends
22
Cruising %
73.6
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
3.2
Fast Straights
22
Cornering %
17.3

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Country: Italy

ADR: 1.3:1

Road: The Amalfi Coast route

The Amalfi Coast

As one of the most famous scenic roads in Italy, the Amalfi Coast deserves its place in the National Geographic as one of the 50 most beautiful roads in the world. This road is also a World Heritage Site and driving along it, you figure out why.

The highway passes through pretty villages close to high and steep cliffs but what makes the Amalfi Coast extra special is how the distinct traditions from different countries are clearly visible. Not to be missed are the stages or the drive in Amalfi, Positano, Scala and Vietri sul Mare. It’s a trip that has to be made at least once in your life!

length /km
17
Bends
75
Hairpin Bends
29
Fast Straights
47
Accelerating %
16.4
Cruising %
41.5
Braking %
8.4
Cornering %
33.7
length /km
17
Accelerating %
16.4
Bends
75
Cruising %
41.5
Hairpin Bends
29
Braking %
8.4
Fast Straights
47
Cornering %
33.7

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