Kallikratis-Kapsodasos Road

The road from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos is not for the faint-hearted

Located in southwest Crete, Greece, the road from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos with 27 hairpin turns is one of the most hairpinned roads in the world.

How long is the road from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos?

The road is totally paved (since 2006). It’s 10.6km (6,58 miles) long running north-south from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos. The road starts at Kalikratis, a small mountainous village in Sfakia municipality, southwest Crete, at the foot of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and ends at Kallikratis, situated off the beaten tourist path, made up of four widely separated neighborhoods that are scattered on a small plateau. The drive offers great views of the Libyan (Southern Cretan) Sea and the Frangokastello plain.

Is the road from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos steep?

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 28% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Kallikratis, the ascent is 10.6km (6,58 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 625 meters. The average gradient is 5.89%.

Is the road from Kallikratis to Kapsodasos challenging?

Located in the heart of the Skafia region, the road is very defiant, with 27 hairpin turns. During the winter it is often covered with snow and most of the villagers move down to the sea coast. The road is very narrow, pretty scary, bumpy, small and empty, without barriers.
Pic: Othon Manousakis