The road to Palies Sinies in Corfu is not for timid drivers

Palies Sinies is an old abandoned village at an elevation of 475m (1,558ft) above the sea level, located in Corfu, in the Ionian Islands Region of Greece.

Palies Sinies

Set high in the north-eastern part of the island, the road to the abandoned town is really challenging. It’s totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicles only. The road is pretty narrow and has no guard rails. The area is hard to access, as it was built in this spot because of fear of pirates who ravaged the coastal areas.

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Pantokrator, the drive offers stunning views. The views from the village out to sea are amazing. It’s said to be one of the hidden treasures of Corfu. First mentioned in sources as early as the 14th century, the village was abandoned in the 60s. The town has abandoned houses, a church, and other buildings.

Tucked away in a valley above Nisaki, the dirt road to the ghost town is very steep, hitting a 25% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the road to Mount Pantokrator, the drive is 3.7 km (2.29 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 288 meters. The average gradient is 7.78%.
Pic: Andrei Vrabie