Thanks to Europe’s geographical diversity, it has got nearly every type of terrain a quad biking enthusiast would love to explore! So if you love adventure and snowful mountains, then you will love our top 5 Must Visit Off-Road adventures in Europe list here.
Yes, a lot of its wilderness can be found in national parks and most of it is protected from outdoor activities like off-roading and quad biking experience; but this isn’t the case everywhere.
That said, if you are planning to visit Europe (after the lockdown is lifted, of course!) for an off-road adventure, then the most important task is to get your vehicle ready for the journey. While you could easily rent a 4×4 after reaching your destination, you’re always better off with your own beast when it comes to a prolonged journey.
Additionally, do not forget to check your vehicle’s frame, tires, and fluids while also ensuring its suspension is working fine – after all, you will want to fix any issues before you kick start your trip.
If you want, you could also make small upgrades to your machine like adding a digital speedometer or spotlights; for ease of camping, also carry a roof tent.
Top 5 Off-Road Adventure in Europe
Now that your vehicle is all set to roll, engage low-range and drive (we mean ‘read’) on!
Below we have mentioned some of the best tracks in Europe that are sure to not only rekindle the adventure freak in you but also reveal a lot of things you have never seen before.
Let’s take a look!
Although it isn’t possible to drive to Iceland via Europe, you should absolutely visit this place – it offers some really exceptional European off-road tracks. It’s one of the best and Must Visit Off-Road adventures in Europe.
Since most of the country is wild and covered with stunning scenery at every corner, not to mention the various adrenaline-filled 4×4 tours, Iceland is a place worth visiting. This is especially if you’re looking for adventurous off-road and quad bike activities.
While we won’t recommend you to visit Iceland during winters particularly for an off-roading adventure, summer is the perfect time to explore this place since that’s when its highland tracks are opened.
Additionally, it has several gravel roads crisscrossing its ash and lava desserts taking you deeper into the country’s mountainous regions – the perfect spot for off-road driving. While in Iceland, if you head north, you can also explore various remote areas like moody lunar landscapes for an incredibly picturesque view and experience.
2. Agrafa Mountains in Greece
If you are looking for some really incredible off-road tracks in Europe, then the Greek mainland should definitely be a part of your list.
Not only does it offer some of the roughest yet challenging terrain but also allows you to explore the country’s various cultural landmarks – something you’re sure to fall in love with!
While taking the routes less traveled to Greece’s ancient city, Delphi, be prepared to witness a view that’s considered to be nothing less than a paradise; not to mention, the heart of the Greek realm.
Once you’ve soaked in the picturesque view of this spot, it’s time to leave Delphi via Karpenisi and head to your main destination – the Agrafa Mountain Rage.
This off-road track is surrounded by stone bridges, scattered settlements, and mountain top monasteries, making it one of the best 4×4 driving spots in Europe.
3. Pyrenees in Spain
Not everyone knows this, but the Spanish side of the Pyrenees is popular for its secluded villages and unblemished natural habitats. This is our top of the Must Visit Off-Road adventure in Europe.
Not only is it an excellent off-roading spot but also a place where you are likely to find shepherds with their flocks, rare wildlife, and beautiful alpine flowers. What’s more, since it’s adjacent to the French border, you’ll have to take your 4×4 vehicle through the canyon of Rio Noguera La Pallaresa – another beautiful spot you cannot afford to miss out on!
While on your way, get ready to witness some picturesque views along with amazing 4×4 tracks!
4. Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia
While mostly known for some of its notable tourist developments, Georgia takes the 4th spot in terms of offering some incredible off-roading adventures. However, the country in its essence is very inviting with a lot of diverse cuisines alongside the world’s ancient vineyards.
What’s more, since Georgia is sandwiched between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountain Range (which is also known as Europe’s easternmost border), it’s a spot worth exploring!
In the lower Caucasus, you will find various spring towns and volcanic plateaus along with medieval forts.
Yes, the Caucasus Mountains are known for their testing off-road tracks but they are only outshined by some really breathtaking views – this is what makes it one of the top off-the-beaten-track in Europe.
5. Taurus Mountains in Turkey
Please bear with us particularly on this one… while some part of Turkey is in Asia/Middle East, some of it is in Europe.
Here, the line that divides the land is known as the Bosphorus strait, which passes via Istanbul; the Taurus Mountain Range is on the other side of the dividing line i.e. in the southern part of Turkey which runs parallel to the Mediterranean coast.
However, before heading to the Taurus mountains, do visit the swathes of cedar trees which is only a short distance from Antalya – another breath-taking destination you can never afford to miss!
Well, there we have it – our top 5 off-road destinations perfect for every car enthusiast. These tracks not only awaken the adventure junkie in you but also let you have the time of your life exploring and capturing the various picturesque views you’re to witness during the trip.
Yes, we know that the pandemic is still in place and that the vaccination drive is in its initial stages, but what we also know is that things are slowly getting back to as they once were.
Of course, we won’t ask you to risk your lives. However, do add these spots to your bucket list and plan for a long off-road trip once the restrictions are lifted!
Senior Writer, has been with Rottenpanda.com since 2017. With a bachelor’s degree in communications, Nick specializes in finding interesting topics, gathering details, checking facts, and making complex subjects easy to understand. In addition to writing articles, Nick loves traveling, pets and happily married to Lucy.