Auto enthusiasts will be familiar with the twisting and challenging dirt stages of the Acropolis rally as part of the World Rally Championship. Although not part of the current championship there are plenty of reasons to get excited about Greek roads as an auto enthusiast.
Drop a pin virtually anywhere and you’re greeted with plenty of twisting and challenging roads surrounded by a ruggedly beautiful landscape that mixes glimpses of Europe, South America, and California.
It was really difficult to choose a road to focus on but I’m starting with an 90km stretch of road in the middle-western part of Greece combining two roads: EO Artas Trikalon continuing straight onto Epar.Od. Tetrakomou – Stavrovrisis and onwards which ends up looping around. Google Maps suggests it can be done at just under 2 hours.
Starting along EO Artas Trikalon heading north the roads are a mix of sweepers and hairpins with some pretty views to keep you company along the way. Trees open up to mountain views with the surrounding area giving a glimpse of the windy twisting roads ahead.
There are a couple of towns to stop at along the way for a rest and coffee before climbing higher into the hills and perhaps encountering snow. There are rest stops along the way conveniently placed with stunning views out.
Not long after the road becomes Epar.Od. Tetrakomou (and then an unnamed road due to the Decentralized Administration of Epirus and Western Macedonia region) does the tarmac become encouragingly smooth with well defined lanes, supported by barriers and supports to keep loose gravel and rocks off the road. And that’s something you’d have to watch out for vigilantly: loose rocks and gravel, sometimes covering the whole lane.
This really is the best section of the road winding down and up through the countryside with beautiful mountains in the distance to add drama. Vegetation changes keep the scenery interesting as you make your way down to the starting point, no doubt to refuel!
There are also pockets of old villages, houses, and inhabitants along the way who deserve the respect of a tamed right foot. All the better for it as there’s such a rich history in the land that shouldn’t be ignored with plenty of places to stop and take photos.
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