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Great trips to unknown destinations Avoiding the obvious places to visit can reap big rewards, so it’s time to get planning
2Europeõs arctic circle
The phrase ‘arctic circle’ makes it seem barren, but it’s anything but. Graham Saunders from www. worldmotorcycletours.co.uk says: “From mid- June until mid- July it’s fantastic.” It’s also one of the only times it’s advisable to ride to the famous Nordkapp, the most northern point in Europe you can reach by public road. The most direct route from London to the Nordkapp and back racks up nearly 5000 miles – and the sun doesn’t set for two months.
3Cyprusõ Akamas peninsula
Bill Roughton from www.biketours-uk.com recommends this one. The Akamas on Cyprus’ north-west tip is a large swathe of barren land, criss-crossed by dirt roads, tracks and trails. Navigation is fairly easy, because a high mountain ridge runs along its spine, broadly east-west, and dropping quite steeply down to coasts on both sides. So although it covers quite a distance, you can navigate by eye, and just pick any old trail that heads broadly in the direction you want to go.
4The former Yugoslavia
Despite the wars of the 1990s it’s now only northern Kosovo that the Foreign Office advises against travel to and Slovenia and Croatia are two of Europe’s most appealing destinations. Across the Balkans you’ll find stunning places such as the waterfalls of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, the lakes and peaks of Bosnia’s Sutjeska National Park, the Durmitor mountains and Piva Canyon of Montenegro… and a host of other places few people at home will ever have heard of.