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Stratstone sell a range of luxury vehicles and premium cars, which provide exceptional performance and feature-packed luxury. But how often do you get the chance to really drive them?

The daily commute isn't always the best way to make use of your premium vehicle. The city traffic is at a standstill, and the straight-line motorways aren't particularly involving. It's no wonder then that driving holidays are so popular.

True driving roads can be hard to come by on your travels - and so we've picked out our favourites from across the continent. If you're exploring Europe, then keep an eye out for some of these roads for a drive you'll never forget.

Col De La Bonette, France

Col De La Bonette, Best Driving Roads in Europe

Probably one of the most recognisable roads in the world. For that it can thank some incredible scenery, as Col De La Bonette Straddles the border of southern France and Italy. Starting from the top, the road begins in Jausiers and crosses the Italian border in to the Alps, before crossing back over again to finish in St. Etienne.

The Alps provide a stunning backdrop even on foot, but to experience them at their best, there's no alternative to driving along the Bonette. As the serpentine-like roads work up in to the mountainside, lush and plentiful greenery turns in to a volcanic-like landscape perfect for the keen photographer. It's very easy to feel like you're re-enacting a scene from the Italian Job.

Road Trip Tip: The Bonette is the highest road in Europe, and sits 2802m above sea level.

Romantische Strasse, Germany

The Romantic Road in English, this stretch of highway is based upon an early medieval trade route which was designed to connect areas of central Germany with the south. It was popularised by travel agents in the aftermath of the Second World War as an idyllic step back in to traditional Germany.

Today the road is seen as a route of quintessential German culture, with backdrops to rival anything from New Zealand or Southern America. The route passes through a number of important sites, including the medieval Rothenburg (known as Germany's romantic city) and Germany's second-oldest city, Augsburg.

Road Trip Tip: As well as several notable cities, your scenic drive will take you through three UNESCO world heritage sites. How many roads can boast that?

The A93, Scotland

Scotland, a93, Best Driving ROads in the UK

Prosaic by name, pulse-quickening by nature. This road, located entirely within Cairgornes National Park, is actually based on an old military trail. The best feature of the A93 is that it's so remote, meaning you are unlikely to encounter any other traffic on the roads. There is however wildlife in abundance. Don't be surprised to spot sheep, cows, or even a Deer grazing in the vast expanse of wilderness.

The road can be a little narrow at times (and features some small bridges), but thanks to very little traffic the road surface is excellent.

Road Trip Tip: Make sure you fill up your tank before setting off - the road is just under 50 miles long and sparsely populated!

The B3513, England

CHeddar Gorge, England, Best Roads in Europe

A road probably lesser known in England, the B3135 is located between Cheddar and Ashwick. A truly classic B-road, this short 14-mile pass is some of Somerset's best.

A hidden gem in the country, this narrow road bends and twists through the landscape to circumnavigate ancient stone and rock. Eventually, it evens out to reveal markedly more relaxed turns in spectacular countryside. Small it may be, but it's up there with many of the great European roads on our list.

Road Trip Tip: Take a co-driver with you, which will allow you to enjoy a spot of cheese and wine in the home of the Cheddar cheese.

Stelvio Pass, Italy

Stelvio Pass, Best Driving Roads in Italy

Another high (2757m) pass snaked in to the Alps, Stelvio pass was voted Top Gear's best driving road in the world in 2008. It's most notable feature is the series of 48 hairpin turns which run up the side of the valley - each one marked by a stone. It offers incredible views as you literally climb the Alps twist by turn on the road which borders with Switzerland.

The road, which was originally built in the early 19th century, also stakes through the heart of the Stelvio National Park and has provided a lush, mountainous backdrop to many events both bike and car.

Road Trip Tip: Aim to conquer the Stelvio in the early morning or away from peak months such as July and August, as the road is an extremely popular driving destination.

Trollstigen, Norway

Trollstigen Norway, Best Roads in Europe

Trollstigen (or the Troll Ladder) is something of a hidden gem, and at only 6km in length, is one of the shortest roads on our list. It was opened by King Haakon VII in 1936 and helps to provide a more direct route over the mountains that intersect two local villages. It's open through from May to November, and despite its more practical purpose also ranks as one of the best roads to drive on in Europe.

The trail explores the very heart of the valley, granting access to locations which would otherwise be unreachable. There are several viewing platforms which adorn the road, and the best chance to take advantage of the idyllic location.  The pass has an incline of around 10%, and driving up it will elevate you about 850m from the bottom thanks to an involving series of hairpin bends.

Road Trip Tip: Be warned bus drivers - vehicles which are over 12.4m long are not allowed, and will need to take the much longer route round.

The N152, Spain

The N152, Best Driving Roads in Europe, Roads in the Pyrenees

The N152 unashamedly delves in to the core of the Pyrenees, with a fast smooth road intended to make the best of the landscape. The road boasts only very light traffic and motorcycle use - it's a true 'scenic route' which has been usurped by newer roads and is not used by commuters or those in a rush.

Don't be fooled however by its age - the thrill is very much real. An involving journey, the N152 snakes its way through a stunning collection of mountains, which give better than average visibility. It climbs in loops eastwards, until reaching plateau that provides excellent snowy mountain views.

Road Trip Tip: Take advantage of the numerous water points and chances to stop, not only to enjoy the scenery but also as temperatures can be extremely high in the Serra de Satlegue.

Furka Pass, Switzerland

Swiss Driving Roads, Roads in Europe

The Furka pass was actually used during the filming of James Bond's Goldfinger, during the chase between Bond's Aston Martin DB5 and a Ford Mustang convertible.
Whilst we don't recommend any bond-style driving antics, the pass offers up some idyllic views of the Swiss Alps and even passes through the Rhone Glacier which is the source of the Rhone River. Here there's a chance to stop and actually walk inside the glacier.

It offers the best of both worlds, with plenty of tight hairpins and corners that work their way down the mountainside for the keen driver. After that, the road evens out in to a fantastic arrow-straight which runs parallel with the railway.

Road Trip Tip: Keep an eye out for ice and snow on the road - which can be a hazard all year round.