The Mediterranean Coastline is one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, but when you only explore it one beach at a time, you’ll never really see its full glory. To do that, you need to hop into a Lamborghini – or the closest available equivalent – and set off on a road trip along this dazzling coastline. We’ve put together four of our favourite routes, perfect if you’re thinking if taking a tour around some of our luxury villa rentals.
Cassis to La Ciotat, France
At just 12 miles, this short but sweet jaunt between two of the region’s most unspoilt coastal settlements includes negotiating the high-altitude Route des Crêtes over Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in the Provence. The ocean views along the way are spectacular, and the vibrant town of La Ciotat is the perfect place to end your journey.
Otranto to Leuca, Italy
If you can bring yourself to leave the gorgeous historic harbour of Otranto, this drive along Puglia’s scenic coastline runs past mile after mile of pristine ocean views. Stop off at the Grotta Zinzulusa, an ocean-side cave that’s famous for its stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours lead you down to swim in the clear, warm waters and tell the fascinating story of the cave’s discovery.
Rijeka to Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Jadranksa Magistrala, a meandering 300-mile coastal road from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, is undoubtedly one of the best introductions to Croatia’s numerous cultural and geographical delights. The quintessentially Dalmatian architecture is a highlight – the towns you pass are stunning mosaics of white Hvar Island stone and orange-tiled roofs, surrounded by granite-grey mountains. At the end of your journey, our luxury rental Villa Franco provides a perfect base just outside Dubrovnik, letting you explore the city during the day and retreat to opulent tranquillity in the evenings.
There isn’t a better drive for nature lovers in the whole of France than this one – and throughout the whole route, you never lose sight of the dazzling Med. The Camargue is Western Europe’s biggest river delta and teems with wildlife, from vibrant pink flamingos fishing in its salt lagoons to the famous white wild horses. Stop by the regional capital Saintes-Maries-del-le-Mer on your way to explore a town that has inspired everything from a Picasso painting to a Bob Dylan song.
Explore the destination by car and come home to a luxurious Villa where you can relax. Find the best accommodation for the destination of your choice! Have a look at our beachfront and coastal villas or contact our concierge team for help or if you have any questions.