Europe has snowcapped mountains, dense forests and wide beaches that all make for great motorcycling. However, here’s a guide to the absolute best.
It’s a rare thing when a road is voted by Tripadvisor as the second most popular thing to see in a given country. However, that is exactly what has happened in Romania. With bends that are as difficult to corner as the road is difficult to spell, this one is not for the faint hearted. True dirt bike aficionados may scoff at the heavy use of tarmac on this otherwise unspoilt piece of landscape, but the sheer beauty of this valley can make people forgive a lot of things.
With a great combination of tarmac and dirt roads, Italy’s Stelvio pass deserves its title as one of the best off-road motorcycle routes in Europe. However, this notion is not without its controversy as motoring journalist Travis Okulski claims that the famed road “actually sucks”. His main problem with the road is that it is often too full of tourists to allow a decent run, so if you do want to experience Stelvio at its best, then do some research and turn up well outside of high season.
This is a road so dangerous that it inspired a film. At a dizzying height, this mountain pass through the French alps is famous for its tunnel and suicidal cyclists. You will want to travel there when the weather is good, not just so you can take in the great views, but for your own personal safety!
The coast of Montenegro is famous for two things: outstanding beauty and choice. The beauty comes from the mountains that stand upright against the coast as it bends and doubles back on itself, making the whole thing look like an impossible Mediterranean-fjord. The choice comes from the fact that this route can be tackled in a multitude of ways. Beaches, hills, cliffs and tarmac are all on offer in this smorgasburg of motorcycling excellence.
The last is most definitely not least on this list as Spain’s Sierra Nevada is near impossible to beat. The official website for the area offers beautiful photos of the mountain covered in snow, but beneath the white lurks a different beast entirely. Depending on the season, the weather that week, or where you are in the mountains, you could be greeted by blazing sunshine, blankets of snow, or anything in between. The Sierra Nevada may well be the best motorcycle route in Europe.
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