The awe-inspiring road from Hora Sfakion to Anopolis in Crete
Located in the region of Sfakiá, on the southern coast of Crete, in Greece, the road from Hora Sfakion to Anopolis is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness.
The road is totally paved and features 19 hairpin turns. It’s 11.7km (7.27 miles) long, running east-west from Hóra Sfakíon (also known as Sfakia and Chora Sfakion), a town on the south coast of the island to Anopolis, a small village, built on a small but fertile plateau, at an elevation of 600 m above the sea level, on the southern areas of the White Mountains.
Running through one of the wildest and most scenic regions of Crete, the road is very steep, hitting a 10% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road, with never ending hairpins, has breath taking views, with huge precipices and deep gullies.
The zone offers quiet beaches with crystal clear sea water, good food and wine, and its marvelous opportunities to walk along the coast. This is the southernmost part of Europe, still the wildest and most natural part of Crete. The mountainous landscape is of outstanding wild beauty. This winding road climbs the bare mountains, offering extensive views out to Gavdos. Rock slides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road.
Pic: ATHINA ATHINA