Perdikaki-Patiopoulo is a mountain road located in the northeastern part of Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It's not recommended to attempt this road if you are visiting Greece. It's not a fun drive to say the least. This is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. With drops that appear to be hundreds, if not a thousand feet to the side, experienced drivers are the only ones who should attempt this route.
The unpaved road is 28.80 km (17.9mi) long. The route has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is very steep. The elevation gain is 824m (2,706ft) with some sections up to 21.8%. Full of twists and turns, the road is also incredibly narrow and has a sheer drop on the edges with no rail to protect vehicles from plummeting off the edge. It’s used often by farmers and sheepherds all the year.
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. The road starts at Perdikaki a village at an elevation of 700m above the sea level, and winds uphill to Patiopoulo, rising to an altitude of 1,160m. It’s an adrenaline junkies dream. The zone is prone to heavy mist and fog, and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.
This road in the Agrafa region of Greece is renowned for its numerous perils. The road is either a steep climb or descent with minimal grip. It is extremely narrow with severe drops on either side of the sloping track and there are no strong barriers to stop weary travellers from plummeting to their doom! The best way to visit this road is to arrive at Patiopoulo village and then to follow the sign for Agia Marina church and then to Perdikaki.
It's narrow, filled with potholes, lacking guardrails, and is very slippery especially when it rains. Unless you’re up for a challenge it might just be better to walk or something. 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 the visibility is much reduced. Moreover, there are often no markings or lines which mean a lot of night-time travelers drive straight off the road and plunge to their deaths. This is not the main road between the 2 towns. There’s an asphalted very scenic road linking them, with a length of 23.5km, pretty steep.
Pic&video: Ser Pappas