The top 10 Motorcycling Roads in Europe
Nothing compares to the feeling of wind on your skin, a buzzing thrum against your legs, and the feeling that the road is yours alone. Motor bike riding like most things, requires practice, knowledge and lots of faulty turns and starts.
But at the end of it, when you are zipping effortlessly on steep roads, the mountains on one side, and an endless fall on another, you know that your road and bike have brought you closer to the meaning of life.
Experienced or novice rider - the thrill is the same!
If you are a motorcyclist, you know too well the familiar feeling of the adrenaline rush in the pit of your stomach when you come across a difficult crevice. Even more so, you know well the flood of energy that sparks within you, when you successfully land that sharp turn.
For you, every road entices with its scenery and beauty. Every road also simultaneously challenges you to see if you are worthy of attaining the moment of awesome power it has to offer.
But then there are some roads that were simply made for you. These roads constantly beckon motorbike riders to discover the world and themselves, offering a moment of pure pleasure, and the best part—you do not have to look farther from Europe to find them. Some of these roads are ideal even if this is your maiden experience on the road.
We always want more people to experience the bliss of motorcycling, so most of the roads on this list are great for novice motorcyclists as well. Just make adequate preparations, more importantly if it’s your first motorcycle road trip, and the road is yours to conquer.
Below is a list of our top 10 rides through Europe. Click the link to the one that most interests you, or keep scrolling to see them all.
Ireland - Wild Atlantic Way
1. Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
If you are looking for an epic experience that offers everything: a raging sea by your side, sea-cut coasts and cliffs, rugged mountainous terrain, and a silver-blue sky, look no further than Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.
This 2500 km stretch starts from the Inishowen Peninsula to the Celtic Seashore. On the way, you will see scenery that ranges from a wide azure expanse the Donegal Coast, to historical limestone formations and terrain in the Burren.
Invariably, the road will bring you in close contact with historical and present Irish life. Make sure to keep yourself fueled with the traditional Irish fare served to you in the pubs along the way.
Italy - The Amalfi Coast Road
2. The Amalfi Coast Road, Italy
To feel the sea breeze wash over your face, as you watch the azure sea unravel before you, head over to the Amalfi Coast Road in Italy.
This iconic road winds around the sharp turn at cliffs, and bends at craggy shorelines, so much so that it is popularly known as “The Road of a 1000 Bends”. Each bend offers a postcard-like view of scenic, multi-coloured Italian fishing villages.
You will dive, glide, and rise along the 50-km stretch by the Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello, forever surrounded by the cerulean sea and sky.
A word of caution though: driving through this road is considered a dance with death, so make sure to prepare well in advance. Those who survive it, say it was worth it.
Croatia - E65 Senj-Prizna
3. E65 Senj-Prizna, Croatia
If you are starting out, and you want the azure sea-sky combination, without the steep rise and fall of The Amalfi Coast Road, look no further than E65. This stretches from Senj to Prizna in Croatia.
The Adriatic coast and a vast blue sky are as easy on the eyes, as the 29.8 mile (48 kilometer) road is for your bike ride. Just avoid the road-clogging tourist season, be cautious of the roaring sea wind, and you are good to go.
Portugal - N338, Serra da Estrela
4. N338, Serra da Estrela, Portugal
For those seeking the thrill of scaling mountains on their bikes, look no further than the 30 km stretch in Portugal, N338. It goes upward over the Serra de Estrela, which is Portugal’s tallest mountain.
Glacial wind will cut through your skin, you will feel a frosty chill in your fingers and the poorer roads at the top will slow down your bike. But as you watch the sunset at the summit, nearly 2000 feet above sea level, all you will feel is top-of-the-world bliss.
(Bonus: If you are in Portugal, you can also bike through the 27 km N222, which has often been called one of the best motorcycle routes in the world.)
Romania - The Transfăgărășan Highway
5. The Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania
Biking down the Transfăgărășan Highway will bring you closer to history, as well as sheer human will.
The highway was built in the 1970’s with the intent of providing quick military access to prevent Soviet infiltration into Romania. But the terrain of the Făgăraș Mountains, where the road was being built, was difficult to cut through.
At nearly 7000 feet above sea level, it also had inhospitable conditions for construction and resulted in many deaths. The road was completed, and today it stands as a testimony to all those who lay down their lives in easing human communication.
The 21.7 mile (35 km) stretch has several narrow turns, S-curves, and hair-raising descents, and dark tunnels, making it illegal to go faster than 25 miles per hour (40 km per hour).
Yet every year, hundreds of motorcyclists across Europe undertake the arduous journey, because there is nothing quite like it!
Germany - BMW Motorrad Days
6. BMW Motorrad Days, Germany
While not strictly a motorcycling route, no list about motorcycling in Europe can be complete without a mention of the BMW Motorrad Days.
Held over three days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, this fest sees motorcyclists across the world gather to display their motorcycling skills, watch stunts shows, and break records. Many choose to undertake biking excursions across the Alpine roads at this time.
This event, which beings the biking community together, is in its eighteenth year of running and will take place in July each year. And yes, you can attend even if you do not have a BMW bike.
Switzerland - Furka Pass
7. Furka Pass, Switzerland
A staple on any European motorcyclist’s list is to ride across the magnificent Alps.
While the Alps has a series of roads worth checking out—all across Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, and Slovenia—one of the most iconic motorcycling roads is the Furka Pass in Switzerland.
Immortalized in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, the stretch is known for its sharp turns, serpentine roads, and high elevations.
While the panoramic views are beyond stunning, it actually also offers an experience like no other - you will cross the Rhone glacier, and can even walk right into it.
If you are visiting in the peak season of June or July, be wary of tourist-clogging!
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain - FV-30 - Antigua-Pajara
8. FV-30 - Antigua-Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
If you are looking for an altogether different landscape from mountains and beach sides, head over to the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura, Spain.
While the anterior of the island is all-beach, the inside of the islands is an imitable desert landscape with twenty-thousand years of topographical and geographical layers.
Its smooth, sandy roads will lead you to some of the most matchless sights you will ever see. The roads are well marked and conducive to thrilling high speeds.
The 21.7 mile (35 km) FV-30, in particular, winds through some of the oldest towns in Fuerteventura.
Stop by and savoir the island—it is best experienced on a motorbike.
France, Verdon Gorge
9. Verdon Gorge, France
More than anything else, it is worth motorcycling through Verdon Gorge because of how visually stunning it is.
You name it, and the gorge has it: French Riviera in the close proximity, the turquoise Verdon River, widening and narrowing canyons on both sides, and shining limestone stores.
The 56 mile (90 km) journey through Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, is unpredictable in its topography and demands your attention, but you will only be too happy to give it. You can also choose to camp on the many campsites along the route to really explore the expanse.
Trans Euro Trail - Europe's Dirt Road Adventure
10. Trans European Trail (TET)
You can’t be a motorcyclist in Europe and not have heard of the Trans European Trail.
A dream-like and ambitious project, it extends to 34000 km, comprising Finland, the Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Italy, and France in its Eastern arm. In France, it joins the Western arm, comprising Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Low Countries, the UK and finally, back to France. From there, it passes through Andorra, Spain, and Portugal to reach Gibraltar.
This journey was dreamt up to experience the diversity of cultures and landscapes in Europe while being on the road. It brings together the best of motorcycling: adventure, the possibilities of the road, and its community. Bikers on the Trans Euro Trail can connect with local biking communities in the stretches they take up for road support and guidance.
Motorbiking is often a very personal interaction between an individual and their surroundings, whether in cultivated civilization or in open, uncharted roads. Whatever your choice, your motorcycle brings you close to the glorious offerings of the world. But even more importantly, in doing so, it brings you closer to yourself.
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Jessica is a traveler by heart. She loves to pen down her thoughts related to her travel experiences and her knowledge about motorcycle adventure products to keep one's safe and enjoy the ride. Jessica loves to meet new people during her trips.
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