A 4x4 road to Agios Minas, a beach with crystal clear water

Agios Minas is a nice and idyllic quiet beach located in Karpathos island, in the southeastern Aegean Sea of Greece.

Agios Minas beach

Tucked away between Crete and Rhodes, in the southeastern part of Greece, Agios Minas is a long and pebbly beach on the east shore of Karpathos island. It’s a beach of wild, untouched beauty sculpted by winds, for those who seek solitude, with crystal clear waters. The beach is very beautiful with very clear water, black sand and pebbles. However, the beach is only for those who are not afraid of 3 km of unpaved, steep road with cliffs on both sides.

Situated on the north east coast of Karpathos, the winding road to the beach is totally unpaved, full of curves, narrow and very steep. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended. However, a normal car can go but with extra care. The road is very tough and only experienced drivers should go down. Beware of cars coming from the opposite direction.
The road to the beach is very steep, hitting a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the paved Epar.Od. Spoas-Olimpou, the road is 3.3km (2.05 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 281 meters. The average gradient is 8.51%.
Road suggested by: giannis pf
Pic: Milan Záruba