It’s often said amongst motorcyclists that driving a car is like watching a film, whereas being on a motorbike is like starring in one. So, it’s no surprise that many people relish the exhilaration of speeding across country on a motorcycle, left with little but the feeling of vulnerability, action and adrenaline rushing through their core. However, before you eagerly throw caution to the wind, ensure you take out some bike insurance before you embark on your travels.
Here are some of the best motorcycle holidays and routes in Europe.
Spain: Cabo de Gata to Granada
This is where The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was filmed, so if you expect to see canyons and giant mesas this will be your kind of ride. Covering an extreme cultural and climatic change over 130 miles, you will witness it all, from the stark and volcanic cliffs of Cabo de Gata, through the greasy-spoon country of Almeria, to the cleaner and thinner air of Las Alpujarras.
Easily done in a few days, you can absorb and appreciate the mind-blowing scenery with the wind in your hair. Head out of Bergen in a northerly direction and you will soon be on and off the ferries that seem like floating bridges across the many myriad of fjords. Enveloped by a landscape of drowned glacial valleys, and plunging cliffs reaching up to 1000m you will eventually cross the Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. After this you will pass through a succession of glaciers and tunnels that will go on for miles until you arrive at the Unesco-listed Geirangefjord. Watch in awe as you glide past the giant foaming waters of the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls.
Switzerland: Furka Pass, between Gletsch and Andermatt
They say this road was made for boy racers, possibly named after what bikers generally utter when they first lay their eyes on the ribbon of tarmac winding its way up the near-vertical mountain. This is certainly one for the adrenaline junkies; to add spice, there are very few crash barriers. And on top of that, since a tunnel was built at 2,100 in 1982, bikers have had the top section to themselves. Although there are a plethora of high-speed sections, beware of the ice on the road. Drink it all in by the time you arrive at the 2,431m pass and admire the glacier from the summit.
Italy: the Amalfi Coast Road – Naples to Salerno
This is one to be avoided in summer as a result of the lines of tourist traffic dominating the roads. Leave the anarchy of Naples and sweep around the bay, before passing Sorrento and past the stunning idyllic isle of Capri. Glide through Positano, Ravello and Amalfi itself – breathtaking.
Remember that old chestnut, though: it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take out some bike insurance before you burn that rubber.