Crete’s most hairpinned roads

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All cycling funs can name some of the most famous climbs of the greatest cycling races: Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps; Passo dello Stelvio; Mont Ventux… These are the most exciting stages and the top athletes compete to gain time advantage. Thousands of funs wait at these sections to watch closely the heroes of cycling sport. Some of thseroads have series of hairpin turns climbing up and down the mountainsides.

A hairpin turn is a curve with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for a bike to turn almost 180°. They are built when a road ascends or descends a steep slope. These bends, also known switchbacks, are named hairpin turns because their similarity to a hairpin/bobby pin.

Crete, an island with very high mountains has many great climbs; some of them follow a collection of never ending turns that can be compared to some of the most beautiful stages of “Tour de France” or “Giro d’Italia”.

Here’s the list of the most hairpinned roads of Crete:

Distance Km Hairpin turns Highest point Total climb Τerrain Αrea Link
Kapsodasos - Kallikratis 9,13km 30 738m 738m road Lefka Ori read more
Kavousi - Thripti 23,2km 49 1447m 1559m Mtb Thripti mountain
Koudoumas - Kofinas 12,77km 29 1054m 1043m mtb Asterousia mountains
Libadas - Koustgerako 15km 35 1272m 1211m mtb Lefka Ori
Kouroutes - Toumpotos Prinos 11,8km 34 1516m 986m mtb Psiloritis
Simi - Omalos Viannou 7,5km 31 1264m 470m mtb Dikti mountain
Rodakino - Kryoneritis 10,31km 28 1052m 923m mtb Kryoneritis mountain
Lochria - Psiloritis 10km 25 1866m 1301m mtb Psiloritis
Gergeri - Diplori 14,64km 24 1322m 1018m road Psiloritis mountains
Sternes - Kofinas 8,5km 24 1020m 720m mtb Asterousia mountains
Ai Giannis - Kapetaniana 7,7km 23 820m 820m mtb Asterousia mountains
Tsoutsouras - Achentria 9,7km 23 708m 703m mtb Asterousia mountains
Asi Gonia 13,88km 22 824m 718m road Lefka Ori
Vistagi 6,7km 22 1102m 618m mtb Psiloritis
Sfakia - Ai Giannis 18,6km 20 790m 842m road Lefka Ori
Xerokampos - Ziros 13,61km 19 685m 705m road Sitiaka Ori
Fournes - Zourva 12,2km 19 824m 629m road Lefka Ori
Amigdalokefali 8,1km 19 543m 542m road West Crete
Treis Ekklisies 5,8km 19 526m 523m road Asterousia mountains
Tourloti - Monokara 6,5km 18 752m 437m mtb Orno mountain
Sfakia - Imbros 16,2km 16 765m 775m road Lefka Ori
Loukia - Kapetaniana 9,64km 14 829m 628m road Asterousia mountainsi


Attention: after every ascent you must return back to the starting point. No matter how exciting and fast is the descent you must be focused on the trail and do not exceed your limits. Accidents happen at the easy part of the route, when you return back and you are tired.