A drive to the legendary Mount Kaliakouda
Mount Kaliakouda is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.741m (5,711ft) above the sea level, located in the Evrytania region of Greece. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Set high in the southern Pindus Mountains, the road to the summit is not for the sissies. It’s totally unpaved and not recommended if you’re prone to car sickness, with more than 70 hairpin turns. The road is rocky and looks solid, but cornering that flowing waters create difficult passages you will probably find holes on the track and fallen rocks, so drive with caution.
Tucked away in the central region of the country, the pass is 15.0 km (9.32 miles) long, running north-south from Aniada to Stournara. The summit hosts a mountain shelter. The road has irreversibly damaged the local environment, while landslides are not a rare phenomenon. The region served as a base for resistance fighters during WWII.
To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1 and 1.5 hours. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Snow lies on the slope and do not melt before August.
Pic: Παντελής Γ.