The road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki is not for timid drivers
Located in the northeastern part of Aetolia-Acarnania in Greece, the road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki is one of the most dangerous drives in the world. It's not recommended to attempt this road if you are visiting the country. It's not a fun drive, to say the least. The best way to visit this road is to arrive at Patiopoulo village and then follow the signs for Agia Marina church and then to Perdikaki. Experienced drivers only.
How long is the road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki?
The road is 28.80 km (17.9 mi) long. It’s often used by farmers and shepherds throughout the year. This defiant drive was bypassed by a 23.5 km long paved road between both towns. It’s also pretty steep yet scenic. Full of twists and turns, the road is also incredibly narrow and has sheer drops on the edges with no rails to protect vehicles from plummeting off the edge.
Is the road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki unpaved?
Tucked away in the northwestern part of the country, the road is mostly unpaved (8.8 km are paved and 20 km are unpaved).
Is the road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki challenging?
This road is renowned for its numerous perils. It involves either a steep climb or descent with minimal grip. Unless you’re up for a challenge, it might just be better to walk or something. It is extremely narrow with severe drops on either side of the sloping track, and there are no strong barriers to stop weary travelers from plummeting to their doom! If you really want to risk your life for no apparent reason, ride it at night; there are no lights to guide your way at all. This is a hazardous road, especially at night when visibility is much reduced. Moreover, there are often no markings or lines, which means many nighttime travelers drive straight off the road and plunge to their deaths. Here’s a tip: don’t glance down at your phone on this motorway. It is meandering, hard to predict, and you may just end up at the bottom of a mountainside. It’s an adrenaline junkie's dream.
How steep is the road from Patiopoulo to Perdikaki?
The road starts at Perdikaki, a village at an elevation of 700m above sea level, and winds uphill to Patiopoulo, rising to an altitude of 1,160m. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 824m (2,706 ft), with some sections up to 21.8% of the maximum gradient.
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