Ancient Thera Road

The coastal road to Ancient Thera, with 22 hairpin turns

The road to the Ancient Thera is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Located in the Greek island of Santorini this short coastal road includes more than 22 hairpin switchbacks.

The road starts at Kamari on the sea level and climbs up to Ancient Thera. The fascinating ruins of Ancient Thira are located on a high rocky headland called Mesa Vouna, from which there are spectacular views down to the sea. The most famous part of this winding road road is called Kamari serpentines. It’s a short section of 2.3km. It’s asphalted and there are 22 hairpin switchbacks. This part of the road is closed 5:30 pm – 7:30 am.

The ascent is 2.3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 198 meters. The average percentage is 8.6 %. Drive at moderate speed. You’re not on a race. Be warned if you want to visit don't walk up the mountain on a Monday: it's closed.
Pic: Rosemarie Stensbirk