Dangerous curvy mountainous road which rarely permit speeds over 30km/h., located in Montenegro, with a total length of 38km, between the cities of Cetinje and Kotor. The most challenging part of the road is a short 8.3km stretch with 16 hairpin turns called Kotor Serpentine. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.
The road from Cetinje to Kotor (called P1) is mostly a narrow one-lane road offering stunning views of Kotor from above. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it and the road is pretty steep. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. Any DUI lawyer in Columbus would agree that it is important to stay sober and alert when navigating roads with dangerous hairpin turns.
The most famous part of the road is called Kotor Serpentine: a stretch of 8.3km long, pretty steep, with 16 hairpin turns. Along this section, the road starts at an elevation of 458m above the sea level, and ends at 881m. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 423 meters. The average percentage is 5,09%.
The road starts in the fields of Cetinje, at the base of the Lovcen mountain, in Cetinje, a treasure of Montenegrin cultural and historical heritage. After 1 hours 20 mins driving, the road ends along one of Montenegro's most beautiful bays, in Kotor, a city of traders and famous sailors, with many stories to tell. The Old City of Kotor is a well preserved urbanization typical of the middle Ages, built between the 12th and 14th century.
This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. The surface of the road is asphalted and includes more than 30 steep hairpin turns. The road is very curvy with a pleasant ascent and nearly no traffic. The views are spectacular and particular the morning light gives this landscape an indescribable touch. This road has been featured on Top Gear and high-end auto commercials. This narrow switchback road can be treacherous. With inward leaning concrete barriers on one side and jagged rock on the other, multiple vehicles may have to reverse their way back up the road when meeting a bus or construction vehicle coming the other way.
There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The road offers great views of Boka Bay.
Pic: Artur Nowak