Mount Koutra, The Road That Has It All!
Mount Koutra is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.929m (6,328ft) above the sea level, located in the Kavala regional unit, East Macedonia and Thrace of Greece. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Located between the cities of Thessaloniki and Kavala, in the Pangaion Hills of northern Greece, the road to the summit is mostly paved (with concrete and asphalt parts). The last 2.7km to the summit are on a gravel surface. 4x4 vehicle recommended.
Set high in the valley of Orfeas, the summit is crowned with a communication tower, but access is unrestricted. Near the summit sits an abandoned shelter, named Hadjigeorgiou. It was one of the most famous mining areas of ancient Greece, with gold and silver mines.
The road to the summit is brutally steep. Starting at Panagia, the ascent is 24.7 km (15.34 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.749 meters. The average gradient is 7.08%.