The World’s Most Crazy Windy Roads
Are you a windy road enthusiast? Which windy roads in the world would you like to get your fast car driven on? What’s your most fascinating windy road? We’ve profiled the top ten windy roads that the world has to offer. Check them out and let us know if you know of any better ones, cheers!
Col De Turini
A famous mountain top in Southern France, Col De Turini is part of a 33 kilometre rally stage which starts from Sospel to La Bollene. It’s by far the highest point in the huge stage standing at an impressive 1,600 metres. This particular stretch of road is among the most difficult and dangerous but at the same time remarkably exciting stages in the World Rally Championship. It’s got the extraordinarily long straights on which cars can reach up to 180 km/h, 35 challenging and breathtaking views – everything that makes for one of the greatest driving roads in the world.
A sky-high mountain pass at a staggering 2,050 metres in the Swiss Alps, San Bernardino connects the towns of Misox and Hinterrhein. This windy road has its fair share of bends and hairpins but its core fame lies in its smooth roads and scenic views. It’s also got a 6.5 kilometre long tunnel but unfortunately with a speed limit of 80 km/h.
If you head south from Davos, Switzerland to Stelvio, Italy, you will find simply everything you’re looking for. This is without a shadow of a doubt a driving enthusiasts heaven, the sort of road which brings virtually everything about a car alive – miles after miles of completely deserted road with stunning views, limitless numbers of curves that would sure test every single aspect of your car, from steering, grip, power to brakes and handling. For those of you in the mood for a bit of tunnel blasting, there’s a couple of nice tunnels too.
On the way to Stelvio via Bormio, you will cross the famous Stelvio pass which, at 2800 metres, is the Alps’ second highest paved mountain road. Dubbed one of the world’s most challenging roads, it’s got 62 hairpins with 50 of them on the eastern ramp. As the roads are a lot narrower on the northern side with ridiculously tight hairpins, this is by far the toughest part. Roads are extremely steep on this side and the ascent is even tougher with occasional zero visibility to ongoing motors. The eastern/southern ramp, in contrast, has relatively faster and wider hairpins and smoother road surface, more satisfying for those keen on less extreme driving.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road
Now you need to have a look at this road. It’s literally a wet dream for anyone having ever even dreamt of driving a great car. A really great car in fact. It’s called the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and leading experts have called it the best driving road in the whole bloody world! Over 7.5 miles, the magnificent road has 62 curves, a 4100 foot climb, and optimally smooth straights. It’s a blessing that it’s only 7.5 miles along because you would be absolutely knackered after driving it.
Hardknott Pass is the joint steepest road in the UK winding its way up past one of the oldest Roman Forts. It’s a single track road and can get really quiet so you probably won’t meet anything. It’s mostly 1 in 3 but a couple or corners do reach 1 in 2. It’s not the fastest road but tests a car’s slow speed cornering and requires low-down pull in order to get out of the curvy bends.
If you do hit this particular windy road, we guarantee you will remember it for the rest of your life. To get here, you have to follow the road up past Interlaken before you join Sustenstrasse. The pass has an eye-watering height of 7,5000 feet and has excellent tarmac and amazing hairpins. Fantastic stuff! From there, you will join the road taking onto the next pass, the Gotthard Pass and the incredible La Tremola, which is not suitable for the faint-hearted as it comprises 40 tight hairpins with a somewhat cobbled surface.
Touge Pass takes place on mountain sides in Japan. Here, windy roads do the races a favour by forming the tracks. The race is always done in the popular one-on-one manner. The main aim of Touge is not only to drift, but also to be the fastest on the road. Some drivers use drifting to block their chaser or as a driving strategy but traditionally Touge is focused on grip.
Hana Road on Maui
As far as many are concerned, not many drives are as beautiful and windy as the Road to Hana on Maui, Hawaii. It’s an amazingly curvy coastal road with stunning views of cliffs, waterfalls, beaches and rainforest. It’s a well paved mountain road but you should still keep your wits about when driving it thanks to the countless sharp curves and a couple of one-land bridges.
High Alpine Road
From the Danube to the Alpine, this is where any windy road enthusiasts would drive any day of the week. Cosy villages huddle along the many babbling brooks and lovely meadows. There’s nothing more breat than those curvy roads running along the Alpine. We also recommend visiting the amazing Salzwelten Statt which is the world’s oldest salt mine.