E25 Transeuropean Road Trip

The E25 is a long distance European journey between Hoek in the north and Palermo in the South. Circumstances necessitated that I drive a large part of this from Cagliari near the southern end in Sardinia to IJmuiden, near Amsterdam in the north.

I arrived in Sardinia via the sprawling beast that is Rome airport in early December; the heavy crowds attracted in summer thankfully not evident on the island.

To break up the drive through Sardinia, I stopped off at Nuraghe Losa, fascinating Bronze Age structures that are thought to have been used for storage and distribution of products of the land.

Bronze Age structures at Nuraghe Losa
Bronze Age structures at Nuraghe Losa

After finally locating the ferry terminal in Porto Torres (hint: look out for the enormous ferry), I embarked, ate and settled in for my first night sleeping on a boat. Sailing across the nocturnal Ligurian Sea, I awoke the next morning at Genoa.

Sunrise over Genoa
Sunrise over Genoa

The road on the way out of Genoa twists up, around and through the mountainous terrain in a bustling arrangement of tunnels and bridges. Eventually a plateau is reached from where the Alps loom in to view. I crossed through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Entering the Mont Blanc tunnel
Entering the Mont Blanc tunnel

The way north was mostly foggy, with a few frosty trees punctuating the journey to Belgium, where I finished for the day.

The next morning I woke early to temperatures well below zero. With plenty of time to get to the ferry port of IJmuiden, and as I would be passing by, I took a little time in the morning to explore Houffalize, often host to a round of the mountain bike XC World Cup.

A winter morning in Houffalize
A winter morning in Houffalize

Nestled in the Ardennes, it’s a pretty little town in its own right and was a great place to wander around on a cold winter morning.

Boarding the ferry at IJmuiden for another overnight sea voyage was where I left the mainland and returned to the UK. A fun impromptu adventure!

Leaving IJmuiden
Leaving IJmuiden