An SUV that makes the driver its focus. It’s the Mazda CX-5, the perfect vehicle for an adventure around 5 panoramic roads in Europe.
A fusion between the horse and its rider. That’s the core of the Jimba Ittai, the Japanese rule to find harmony between a human being and its means. The Jimba Ittai is also the philosophy that led to the creation of the Mazda CX-5, an SUV that shifts the focus on the driver, designed to adapt to everyone who is driving.
The exterior of the vehicle combines the balanced aesthetics that are typical of the Japanese brand with a new, contemporary assertiveness of the shell. All according to the Kodo, the mantra that leads Mazda to fetch clean yet not static lines, emphasising movement without forgetting a pure form.
Soul Red Chrystal it’s the new dye that, through the application of three layers of colour, gives innovative luminosity and depth to the vehicle.
And yet, the Jimba Ittai best unravels in the interior design. The driving position is thought to put the driver in the ideal centre of the vehicle, enhancing the feeling of control.
All the details add to the safety of the Cx-5. Some examples are the automatic emergency braking and the hologram speedometer on the windscreen, which will never let your eyes travel off the road. A system of road signs recognition is also integrated.
A sporty attitude, combined with the comfort of an SUV, make this car the perfect choice for a road trip around the secret corners of Europe. Embark on one of these panoramic roads and watch the colours of the sunset blend with the Soul Red Crystal of the Mazda CX-5.
Route Napoleon – FRANCE
From Antibes to Grenoble, or vice-versa. The Route Napoleon crosses Provence and the French Alps, on the footsteps of Napoleon and his journey from the Elba island to Paris.
Starting from Golf Juan, where the warlord landed, you’ll follow the N85 highway, enjoying almost 400km of breathtaking landscapes. First stop: Grasse, the cradle of noble perfumes. From here, you’ll slowly leave behind the Mediterranean scrub to dive into the uplands of the Verdon Gorge, a natural park that follows the namesake river with a tortuous road. The turns proceed on the Col de Leques, descending towards Digne Les Bains. Here the road flattens and it crosses a pleasant countryside. You may stop in Gap or in San Firmin, moving then towards the lakes of Laffrey with their shimmering turquoise waters. Last stop: Grenoble, the Isère capital city.
Romantische Straße – GERMANY
The Romantische Strasse is one of the most famous panoramic roads in Europe. In fact, it uncoils for 366km through the fascinating Bavarian landscapes.
The journey starts from Fussen, a small town close to the Neuschwanstein castle, the legendary palace built by Prince Ludvig that has now become the icon of the entire Bavarian area, together with the neighbouring Hohenschwangau castle. The second stop is in Landsberg, on the Lech river, a town that deserves a visit for its historic palaces. Going North you’ll reach Augsburg, whose origins date back to 15 BC when it was founded by Emperor Augustus. You shouldn’t miss the Cathedral and the St. Anne Institute, one of the neuralgic centres of the Lutheran Reformation. Another recommended stop is Dinkelsbühl, with its majestic Medieval historic centre.
The route ends in Würzburg, a city made famous by the Residenz, the monumental Baroque castle that has been declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Ring of Kerry – IRELAND
Even if regarded as one of the most famous itineraries in the whole Ireland, the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh peninsula still keeps a special fascination: a true ring of almost 200km that starts from the Dingle peninsula and ends in Kenmare following a panoramic coastal road. It then gets back to Killorglin passing through Killarney.
The journey resembles the most typical postcards from Ireland. The sinuous, green countryside descends towards the sea among farms, beaches and neverending panoramas, crossing Nature in its most freedom-inducing form. Leaving the coast, the sea turns into lakes surrounded by hills where, during summer, the green light up with the colours of the blossoming heather. The final stop is Killarney, the heart of the Iveragh peninsula. It’s absolutely recommended to rest here while breathing the fresh air of the Killarney National Park.
Trollstigen – NORWAY
A journey for all the thrill-seekers. Or for the reckless drivers. The Trollstigen, or “Troll’s ladder” it’s a short road with 11 hairpin turns that unfolds on the E136 highway.
It has been declared National Touristic Road because of the panoramic relevance of the track. A mean declivity of 12% and some single-lane passages make it an expert-only road. Just think that, on the top, you’ll feel as if your car was suspended on the void.
However, the less sporty drivers shouldn’t despair: you may still admire the powerful Norwegian landscape by climbing on foot on the parallel mule track. This was once the only junction between the two valleys that are now connected by the Trollstigen.
Transfagarasan – ROMANIA
A name that sounds like a tongue-twister. And yet, it hides one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It runs for 152km among the Carpathian mountains in Romania, linking the Transylvania and the Muntenia regions. This road is also known as “Ceausescu’s folly”, for the dictator built it between 1970 and 1974 to let the Romanian army face an eventual Russian invasion. The Transfagarasan starts from Bascov and reaches the glacial lake of Balea, crossing the highest peaks in Romania among dry mountains and green valleys. It’s only open in summer due to the winter’s glacial temperatures.