THE ROAD TO ALBANIA

Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
A motorcycle trip to Albania is a natural adventure of epic proportions. Albania is roughly the size of Belgium, and shares a border with Montenegro and Kosovo to the north and northeast, Macedonia to the East and Greece to the South. To the West, the coast of Albania meets the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas.

64:the-road-to-andorra THE ROAD TO ANDORRA
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
A motorcycle trip to Andorra might just seem like a good long ride through a single valley. Andorra is a small country in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain. Tourism the principal part of Andorra’s small, but affluent economy. About 9 million tourists visit the country each year, drawn by the duty-free status of Andorra. This is a great place to go shopping.

65:the-road-to-austria THE ROAD TO AUSTRIA
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
There are two kinds of Austria. There’s the Winter Austria, for your winter sports, and then there is the Summer Austria, which most motorcyclists love, due to the outstanding roads which Austrian infrastructure offers. The Alps cover about 60% of Austria, and combined with a varied terrain, roads winding through long valleys, it makes the country unique for motorcycle riders.

77:the-road-to-belarus THE ROAD TO BELARUS
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
When you ride across the border to Belarus, towards the capital Minsk, the country seems rather flat. Russia lies to the east and northeast, directly north is Latvia, Lithuania away to the northwest, Poland to the west and Ukraine in the south.

66:the-road-to-belgium THE ROAD TO BELGIUM
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
The Kingdom of Belgium stretches west to the North Sea, north to the Netherlands, east to Germany and Luxembourg and south to France. Belgium is a federation of the Flemish-speaking Flanders, the French-speaking Wallonia and the bilingual capital of Brussels. The Belgian area is like a crossroads in Europe, and the country has seen a great deal of cultural upheaval and migrating peoples.

75:the-road-to-bosnia THE ROAD TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
A motorcycle trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a trip to a country with a long and sad story. But also a trip into an incredibly beautiful country, with a unique natural environment. Bosnia and Herzegovina is almost landlocked, except the south which shares a coastline to the Adriatic. The bordering countries are Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in the east.

76:the-road-to-bulgaria THE ROAD TO BULGARIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
On a motorbike ride along the Black Sea, Bulgaria is a must. Bulgaria borders with Romania, south to Greece and Turkey, directly west to Macedonia and Serbia, and eastward to the Black Sea. In “World War I”, Bulgaria was on the side of the Central Powers, allied with Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.

72:the-road-to-croatia THE ROAD TO CROATIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Take your motorcycle out to the Plitvice lakes, a major tourist attraction, with a million visitors each year. You will never regret it. To the north, go visit Slovenia, to the south, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the west is the Adriatic coast and eastwards for Serbia and Montenegro. Ride to the Dalmatian coast and the many islands in the Adriatic Sea, one of the most visited places in Croatia.

73:the-road-to-cyprus THE ROAD TO CYPRUS
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
If you’re going on a trip to Cyprus, you’ll probably need to hire your two wheels, and there are a lot of great motorcycle rides you can take there. Cyprus is one huge water park, but one can’t be in the water all the time, so rent a motorbike and get out around the island, there’s plenty to look at.

74:the-road-to-czech-republic THE ROAD TO CZECH REPUBLIC
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
When you come to Bohemia and Moravia and Silesia, then you’re deep in the Czech Republic, which borders with Germany in the north and west, Austria to the south, east Slovakia and Poland in the north. The Czech Republic is a densely forested land, with mountains to the north and east. To the south and southwest, are mainly plateaus, and the country is fertile, thanks to the many rivers that criss-cross the landscape.

61:the-road-to-denmark THE ROAD TO DENMARK
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Denmark, the small peninsula on the top of Europe. Riding from Germany, the first contact with the ‘Dane mark’, as the land was known in Old-Nordic languages, is the flat expanse called Sønderjylland. Here you’ll get to choose whether to head for the western isles, or head up through central Jutland.

78:the-road-to-england THE ROAD TO ENGLAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
You probably know this, but England shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales, to the west. England borders the North Sea, Irish Sea, Celtic Sea, Bristol Channel and English Channel. Britain has around 1,100 small islands or islets, some of which, are artificial “crannogs” which were instituted to make it easier to defend the island.

79:the-road-to-estonia THE ROAD TO ESTONIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Estonia is located in northeastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea in the west and north. The country also borders Latvia to the south, and Russia in the east. Estonia has been populated by Finno-Ugric tribes since prehistoric times. They were christened after a protracted crusade, which ended in 1227, when Denmark conquered the north, and the Teutonic Knights conquered the South. Denmark kept northern Estonia occupied, until the year 1346.

107:the-road-to-faroe-islands THE ROAD TO FAROE ISLANDS
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Your first stop on this oversea/overland adventure is the Faroese port of Tórshavn, from where you can explore the breathtaking Faroese nature and windswept landscape, meet friendly locals and experience the Faroese culture, all over this fantastic Atlantic archipelago.

80:the-road-to-finland THE ROAD TO FINLAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Go for a walk in the woods, try a sauna, take a ride to the thousand lakes, where you can swim in peace and quiet, of course, drink vodka without anyone thinking twice about it. Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands. The Finnish landscape is mostly flat, with few hills, and the highest mountain is Haltiatunturi, and sits 1,328 metres above sea level, in the northwestern part of Lapland. The region of Karelia in eastern Finland, stretches across the border into Russia.

67:the-road-to-france THE ROAD TO FRANCE
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
FRANCOPHILE ON A MOTORCYCLE Take a little bite of France each time you visit the country, otherwise the experience will overwhelm you, and you won’t have time to contemplate the great stories, you dig up. France contains infinite amounts of European cultural history. The ancient Roman roads. The great cathedrals erected through the Middle Ages. The Sun King. Napoleon. Revolution. Two world wars. The good food, and not least the fantastic wines of all kinds.

81:the-road-to-georgia THE ROAD TO GEORGIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
If you want to take your motorcycle on a different type of adventure, take it to Georgia, and the Caucasus. The Caucasus Mountain range, situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, is around 1100 km long, and 180 km wide, with more than 1,000 glaciers. The highest peak is Mount Elbrus, which lies 5,642 meters above sea level.

62:the-road-to-germany THE ROAD TO GERMANY
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Germany, the great motorcycle country, where fantastic roads go hand in hand with great beer and good rustic cuisine. No matter what country you crossover from, Germany is a big mouthful when it comes to motorcycle holidays. All of the 16 German federal states each have something different to offer.

82:the-road-to-greece THE ROAD TO GREECE
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
After a good long ride, through several countries in south Eastern Europe, you come to the southern tip of the Balkan peninsula, where the unparalleled experiences of Greece await you. Greece borders Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania, and eastwards it borders onto Turkey. To the east, is also the Aegean Sea, to the west the Ionian Sea, and in the south the Libyan Sea. When you have come this far, you might as well continue down through Macedonia, visiting the River Styx on the way, and find a good hotel in Athens, and enjoy life there, for a day or two.

68:the-road-to-holland THE ROAD TO HOLLAND
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
When you’re going toward The Netherlands, you’re headed for one of the lowest lying countries in the world, as the name also suggests. A full quarter of the country is reclaimed land, protected by levee’s. The Hague, is the seat of the government and parliament.

83:the-road-to-hungary THE ROAD TO HUNGARY
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Hungary consists mainly of an area of plains, surrounded in a semicircle by the Carpathians. Border countries are Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. In prehistoric times, the Hungarian landscape was completely under water, and when the waters subsided, large mineral deposits were left behind, which make for a very fertile area for farming.

84:the-road-to-iceland THE ROAD TO ICELAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Have you ever been on volcanoes with your bike? Iceland is located in the North Atlantic, between Greenland and Great Britain, northwest of the Faroe Islands. You can get there by ferry with Smyril Line, sailing from Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Its capital is Reykjavík, which emanates a strong, Nordic atmosphere.

85:the-road-to-ireland THE ROAD TO IRELAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Ireland is like one big village, you feel like you already know it, even if you’ve never been there before. The mystical land of myths and legends, Celts and Druids, floating out in the Atlantic on the western edge of Europe, is just waiting for you to explore it on your motorbike, and uncover the layers of history for yourself. The wealth of interesting things to do means you’ll never fit it all into one trip, so don’t bother trying to.

71:the-road-to-italy THE ROAD TO ITALY
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Italy has influenced the cultural and social development in the entire Mediterranean area, and profoundly affected European culture. Also, when it comes to excellent motorcycles. Italy is a real motorcycle country, and the experiences that await you are staggering. You feel you want to conquer Italy. Maybe like the Greeks, who colonised southern Italy in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.

86:the-road-to-latvia THE ROAD TO LATVIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Large parts of Latvia are covered by forest, and the country has over 12,000 small rivers, and over 3,000 lakes. Lubjana is Latvia’s largest lake, and Daugava is the longest river. Its total length is 1,020 km, of which 367 km flows through Latvia. Most of the country consists of fertile lowland plains, with a few hills in the eastern part of the country.

87:the-road-to-liechtenstein THE ROAD TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
To many motorcyclists, Liechtenstein is a transit country, bordered by the Swiss Cantons of St. Gallen and Graubünden to the west to the south, and the Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg, in the east. The entire frontier line towards Switzerland flows up along the Rhine. The southern and eastern boundary is marked by mountains around Rätikon in the Alps.

88:the-road-to-lithuania THE ROAD TO LITHUANIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Lithuania is one of the three Baltic countries, and you can visit them all at once. Lithuania lies along the Baltic southeastern coast, and borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, and Poland and Kaliningrad to the southwest. Sail west across the Baltic Sea, and you’ll arrive at Sweden and Denmark.

69:the-road-to-luxembourg THE ROAD TO LUXEMBOURG
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Luxembourg or Lëtzebuerg, The Grand Duchy situated between Belgium, France and Germany. When riding a motorcycle in these parts of the world, you are not always aware that you are in Luxembourg. Crossing through the Ardennes on small roads, only a few scattered signs let you know that you are in a place where one of the biggest battles for human freedom was fought, the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

89:the-road-to-macedonia THE ROAD TO MACEDONIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Macedonia is located in the southern Balkans, and is landlocked, to the north by Serbia and Kosovo, east by Bulgaria, to the south by Greece, and to the west by Albania. Two mountain systems cut through the region; The Pindus, a continuation of the Alps, and Ródope in the country’s central and eastern parts.

90:the-road-to-malta THE ROAD TO MALTA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Malta is a small island nation in the Mediterranean, some 90 km south of Sicily. The tiny archipelago consists of three inhabited islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta has around 400,000 inhabitants, making Malta one of the most densely populated countries. The national language is Maltese, but English also has official status, and many Maltese also speak Italian.

91:the-road-to-moldova THE ROAD TO MOLDOVA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Moldova is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, and lies deep in the countryside. Moldova is actually an agricultural country, and since the late Middle Ages, the Romanian principality Moldova was a vassal state, under nominal Ottoman suzerainty. The neighboring Wallachia had the same status, and during the Napoleonic Wars, the Russian Tsar Alexander I captured the eastern part of the Principality of Moldova.

92:the-road-to-monaco THE ROAD TO MONACO
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
You can ride quickly through the Principauté de Monaco, which Monaco is officially called, but then you won’t get to say hello to a real Monegasque, which the inhabitants are called. The principality is geographically surrounded by France, facing the Mediterranean Sea, a few miles from Italy.

93:the-road-to-montenegro THE ROAD TO MONTENEGRO
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
The entire area was an independent country in the Middle Ages, called Zeta. Originally a principality of Serbia, in 1389, it became a special mountain state, under Serbian command. Montenegro became formally independent in the year 1878, and on the 11th of May, 2007, Montenegro became the 47th member of the Council of Europe.

94:the-road-to-norway THE ROAD TO NORWAY
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
What to write about Norway, the world’s best motorcycle country? Or, at least, one of the world’s best motorcycle countries. Norway’s natural environment is mountainous, the coastline stretches more than 20,000 km, and is interrupted by a maze of fjords, islands and islets.

95:the-road-to-poland THE ROAD TO POLAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Poland borders Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east, and the Baltic Sea to the north, Lithuania and Russia to the east. Poland shares maritime borders with Denmark and Sweden.

96:the-road-to-portugal THE ROAD TO PORTUGAL
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Portugal share borders only with Spain, and is otherwise surrounded in the west and south, by the Atlantic. The country is nearly rectangular, approx. 850 km from north to south, and 250 km from east to west. In Portugal, you can find mainland Europe’s westernmost point, Cape Roca.

97:the-road-to-romania THE ROAD TO ROMANIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Romania lies between the Balkans and Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Ukraine and Moldova in the north, Hungary and Serbia to the west, Bulgaria to the south, and in the east, with the Black Sea.

98:the-road-to-sanmarino THE ROAD TO SAN MARINO
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
San Marino is an enclave of Italy, with an entire area of 61 km², bordering Emilia-Romagna and Marche, on the Adriatic coast near Rimini. The small mountain range of the Apennines is dominant at San Marino, and has a very uneven terrain. The highest point in the country, in the peaks of Monte Titano, is situated 749m above sea level.

198:the-road-to-scotland THE ROAD TO SCOTLAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Scotland has everything you want as a motorcyclist; great roads, wild mountain scenery in the Highlands and Northern Islands, from cosy country pubs, to gardens and national parks, museums, science centers and local workshops.

99:the-road-to-serbia THE ROAD TO SERBIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
To take a motorcycle trip in Serbia is like entering the forest, out in the wilderness. Serbia, now an independent state, was a republic in Yugoslavia. The Republic of Serbia, which has an area of 77.474 km², also contains the autonomous province of Vojvodina.

100:the-road-to-slovakia THE ROAD TO SLOVAKIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Slovakia is surrounded by land on all sides, and the border countries are Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Czech Republic. The Slovak landscape is dominated by mountains, and the Carpathians mountain range covers the northern half of the country. The landscape here, is characterized by valleys and lakes, and is popular for winter sports destinations.

101:the-road-to-slovenia THE ROAD TO SLOVENIA
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Slovenia has a short coastline on the Adriatic Sea, bordering Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. For about 600 years, Slovenia has been inhabited by Slovenes, which later came under Austrian rule. In 1918, the area became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which in 1941, was divided between Germany, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria and Albania, and from 1945 to 1987, the area was part of Yugoslavia.

70:the-road-to-spain THE ROAD TO SPAIN
Monday, 21 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Just like the other large countries of Europe, one motorcycle trip to Spain isn’t enough. Spain shares borders with France and Andorra to the north, and Portugal to the west. Around 1,000 B.C., the Phoenicians landed on the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. Not on motorcycles, but in ships. They started colonising Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and Malaga.

102:the-road-to-sweden THE ROAD TO SWEDEN
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Sweden, despite its northern location, has a mostly temperate climate, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. In southern Sweden, diciduous trees are in the majority. In the northern areas, spruce and birch dominate the landscape. In Sweden’s mountainous north, the country has a subarctic climate, and in the northernmost part of the country, north of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets in summer, and the night lasts all day, in winter.

103:the-road-to-switzerland THE ROAD TO SWITZERLAND
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Switzerland borders Germany to the north, eastwards to Liechtenstein and Austria, to the south, Italy, and to the west, France. Lake Constance forms part of the border in the north, and Lake Geneva forms part of the border in the southwest.

104:the-road-to-turkey THE ROAD TO TURKEY
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
European Turkey represents 3% of the country. Turkey’s territory is more than 1,600km in length, and 800km wide, with an almost rectangular shape. Turkey is encircled by seas on three sides, the Aegean to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and Mediterranean in the south.

105:the-road-to-ukraine THE ROAD TO UKRAINE
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Ukraine has borders with Russia, Poland, Belarus, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. In the south, the coast meets the Black Sea, where the Crimean peninsula is located. Ukraine, in terms of area, is second only to Russia, the largest country geographically situated in Europe. The capital is Kiev, with 2,6 million inhabitants.

106:the-road-to-wales THE ROAD TO WALES
Thursday, 24 March 2011
MOTORBIKE EUROPE Road Writers –
Wales, “The Land of Song” has been inhabited by modern humans for at least 29,000 years. Continuous human habitation dates from the end of the last Ice Age, between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. You can feel this depth of culture when you stop the bike in different parts of this predominantly mountainous country, and breathe in the history.

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