Driving the steep unpaved road to Mount Parnassus
Mount Parnassus is a high mountain peak located in Phthiotis, in southeastern Thessaly of 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.
Why is Mount Parnassus famous?
The slopes of Mount Parnassus, also known as Mount Parnassos, 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. It is named after Parnassos, the son of the nymph Kleodora and the man Kleopompous.
Is the road to Mount Parnassus unpaved?
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.
How long is the road to Is the road to Mount Parnassus?
Set high in the central part of the country, 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%.
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