The paved zig-zag road from Paranimfi to Tris Ekklisies

Paranimfi-Tris Ekklisies Road is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a steep and narrow zig-zag road located in the southern Cretan Heraklion, in Greece. The drive is very steep, with sections up to 10%.

Paranimfi-Tris Ekklisies Road

The route demands 100% concentration. It links the small towns of Paranimfi (Bridesmaids)and Tris Ekklisies. The drive is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. The road was recently asphalted (in 2017). The road can be closed anytime due to rock slides. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. This difficult and dangerous road is 5.7 km long. This is an exquisite winding coastal drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. With just a low concrete barrier between you and the steep mountain drop, it's best not to look down.

The drive is very steep, with sections up to 10%. Starting from Tris Ekklisies, at 58m above the sea level, the road is 5.7km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 443m with an average gradient of 7.77%.
Pic&video: Manolis Zografakis