Marginal Estoril is the best coastal road of Europe
International study elects Marginal, which also gets 2nd place in top of the best summer roads, just behind the Atlantic Road in Norway.
27 kilometers from the EN222 road between the Ruler and pinion Weight, with 93 curves and views of the Douro River, had been considered in 2015 as "the best road in the world" in a study conducted by the quantum physicist Mark Hadley of the University of Warvick in the UK, for the Avis car rental company. Now it was the turn of the Estoril Estrada Marginal be classified as second best European road car trips in the summer.
With the sponsorship of TomTom car navigation systems manufacturer, psychologist David Holmes developed a formula to identify the top 25 European routes for drivers to enjoy during the summer. The parameters include: type of road, slope and obliquity, traffic volume, stop points, road isolation, surrounding landscape and weather.
These factors were combined with a survey of TomTom to 14 thousand drivers and allowed to reach USD formula (Ultimate Summer Drive - Best Driving in summer). The variables identified in the study are: incredible scenery (ready for Instagram), 70% of drivers indicated a fantastic landscape as a key element for a vacation, with 16% considering that views ready to shoot are a decisive factor; a major road, with two lanes, good floor, smooth curves and a good view ahead is a key factor in over 20% of respondents; roads (almost) deserted, which allow you to make a deviation from the main path and discover new scenarios are mentioned by 15% of respondents drivers; regular stopping points and well spaced, each 50km, with basic facilities and unexpected views are another factor to consider; good weather with pleasant temperatures and light breeze make the most pleasurable driving.
According to the USD, the top five summer roads of Europe, combining spectacular scenery, floor quality and perfect lighting conditions are: 1) Road Atlantic, Norway; 2) Marginal Estoril, Portugal; 3) Lake Como, Italy; 4) Peloponnese, Greece; and 5) 500 North Coast, Scotland.
TomTom, however, went further and, for those who want to venture out in search of unforgettable experiences, presents, according to the same criteria, a list of the 25 best summer trips to Europe, divided into five categories.
Best coastal roads: Marginal Estoril, Portugal; Amalfi, Italy; Coastal Road Darry to Belfast, Northern Ireland; Costa Brava, Spain; Dalmatian Coast, Croatia.
Better roads forest: Lake Como, Italy; Highway 500 Black Forest, Germany; A5 Chirk to Bethesda via Park Snowdonia, Wales; Los Alcornocales National Park, Spain; New Forest, England.
Best mountain roads: Step Furka, Switzerland; Step Stelvio, Italy; Grosglockner Alpine Road, Austria; Mont Ventoux, France; Trollstigen, Norway.
Travel more epic: Road Atlantic, Norway; North Coast 500, Scotland; National Highway 1, Iceland; Wild Atlantic route, Republic of Ireland; Circuit Basque, Spain and France.11/09/2016