If you're looking for inspiration for your next trip, many of the top world city drives are peppered around the Aegean Sea - perhaps unsurprising when you consider the abundance of unspoiled beaches and rolling hills in Turkey
. Take Izmir
, for example. Turkey's third biggest city is less well known by tourists but has been voted one of the top city drives in the world.
Hire a car here and you can enjoy historic monuments, bustling streets and great roads, all framed by the azure-blue Bay of Izmir. If you've made the trip, why not extend your stay and visit Dalaman
or even Istanbul
– also highly rated as great city driving experiences. Australia
is a well-known destination for epic road trips - especially along the east coast – and many classic journeys include a visit to Cairns
. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns was also joint-top of the list of drivers' favourite cities with well-maintained roads that take you seamlessly from stunning coastal paths to dense rainforests. New Zealand
also boasts stunning city driving – from the North Island's hilly and winding roads of Auckland
to the breathtaking scenery of Christchurch
on the South Island - three cities which drivers have described as being a dream to drive in.
Driving in North America could take you through seven of the world's top-rated cities. In the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, both Vancouver
offer wide roads and the freedom to explore some of the incredible scenery, such as Banff National Park, or visit in the winter as a base for some incredible skiing. In the USA, having a car to visit Florida
is a must in order to take in the beaches, clubs, shopping, and resorts.
Visitors to Miami
can drive to the tropical wetlands of the Everglades within fifteen minutes from downtown. And if you're taking your family to visit Orlando's
many theme parks like Disney and Universal, they are easy to reach by car and well signposted and you can park right outside the gates.
But a wonderful city drive does not have to involve multiple cities across vast continents. Some of the best-rated city drives involve much smaller, island destinations that are less busy – and often more romantic.
The Canary Islands
are hugely popular with drivers, with Gran Canaria
voted joint top for amazing driving experiences. Drive through Las Palmas and you'll see colourful pastel buildings and clear blue seas. Then take the motorway and you'll soon be climbing magnificent mountains with hairpin turns (but don't worry, there are barriers to keep you safe) – and you'll certainly come across the goats that roam around
Similarly, Ponta Delgada
, the capital of São Miguel in the Azores
, is one destination cited time and time again as a firm favourite. With its whitewashed buildings, narrow cobbled streets, and crystal clear waters, a staggering 105 of those surveyed gave Ponta Delgada an average score of 9.6 city driving satisfaction.