Mount Parnassus

Driving the steep unpaved road to Mount Parnassus

Mount Parnassus is a high mountain peak located in Phthiotis, in southeastern Thessaly of central Greece. A gravel road to the south of the peak ends at 2.270m (7,447ft) above the sea level. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

The road to the summit, formerly known as Liakoura, is totally unpaved and very steep. A 4x4 vehicle is required. The drive offers scenic views of the surrounding olive groves and countryside. The slopes of Mount Parnassus are the location of two ski centers. The mountain plays a prominent role in Greek mythology because on its southern slope, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, lies Delphi, site of the famous oracle. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was sacred to Apollo and the home of the Muses.

The road to the summit is totally impassable in winters due the snow. It’s 10.2 km (6.33 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 654 meters. The average gradient is 6.41%.
Pic: Andre Э



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