The road between Kallikratis and Kapsodasos is a sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in southwest Crete, Greece. The road includes a challenging section (2.1km) with 7 hairpin turns and pretty steep (8.95%). It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
This curvy mountainous road which rarely permits speeds over 30km/h, is 11km long and the expected time to drive the whole route is around 24 minutes, with 27 hairpin turns that will take you from the sea level to 800 meter high. The road starts in Kalikratis, a small mountainous village in Sfakia municipality, southwest Crete, at the foot of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) at an altitude of 750m above sea level. During the winter it is often covered with snow and most of the villagers move down to the sea coast.
The road was asphalted in 2006 but is very narrow. It's pretty scary, bumpy, small and empty, without barriers but with great views of Libyan (Southern Cretan) Sea. The most famous part of the road is a short section of 2.1km long, with 7 hairpin turns. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 188 meters, and the average percentage is 8,95%.
The road ends in Kallikratis, situated off the beaten tourist path and is made up of four widely separated neighborhoods that are scattered on a small plateauin Lefka Ori with an average altitude of 540m.
There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype.
Pic: Othon Manousakis