8 Horrifying Mountain Dirt Roads In Europe You Should Never Drive

If you are prone to vertigo, this is not for you. We’ve gathered the most horrifying and insane mountainous dirt roads Europe can muster – some of them dubbed “death roads”. These roads are for hiking by foot, or for very experienced drivers with extreme caution.

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D-915, Turkey

Technically Europe adjacent, this extreme dirt road with 19 amazing hairpin bends is dubbed Turkey’s “Death Road” – for a good reason. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world, and should only be driven by very experienced drivers. Other roads … Read full text

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D-915, Turkey

Technically Europe adjacent, this extreme dirt road with 19 amazing hairpin bends is dubbed Turkey’s “Death Road” – for a good reason. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world, and should only be driven by very experienced drivers. Other roads on this list is rarely used for driving. This is not the case with D-915, which is used daily as an important road for locals and deliveries. D-915 was built by Russian soldiers in 1916.

GC-602, Gran Canaria, Spain

Insane gravel road over a mountain chain in Gran Canaria, Spain. You’ll see a lot of fantastic nature, including Canal de Fataga and Barranco de los Vicentillos, but forget about road barriers… Do not try this “road” without an 4×4 off-road vehicle… Read full text

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GC-602, Gran Canaria, Spain

Insane gravel road over a mountain chain in Gran Canaria, Spain. You’ll see a lot of fantastic nature, including Canal de Fataga and Barranco de los Vicentillos, but forget about road barriers… Do not try this “road” without an 4×4 off-road vehicle, if at all. A man fell to his death from this road in 2020.

Forcella Lavardet, Italy

Forcella Lavardet, or SP-465, is famous among bikers for its 14 sharp hairpin bends, which is the only stretch of this dirt road that has been asphalted. While SP-465 still was state road SS-465 (it’s now downgraded to a provincial road), it was dubbed … Read full text

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Forcella Lavardet, Italy

Forcella Lavardet, or SP-465, is famous among bikers for its 14 sharp hairpin bends, which is the only stretch of this dirt road that has been asphalted. While SP-465 still was state road SS-465 (it’s now downgraded to a provincial road), it was dubbed the “craziest highway of Italy”. Sections of the road is now officially closed due to recurring landslides, but enthusiasts still manage to drive SP-465 without a permit, since there are no barriers for entry. A few unlucky drivers are each year lured onto this dangerous road by their GPS, which insists on suggesting that route.

Strada delle 52 Gallerie, Italy

Strada delle 52 Gallerie, or the Road of 52 tunnels, is absolutely not a road for cars. It was built as a military road during World War I for mule carriages. The road was previously open for biking, but after numerous accidents it’s only permitte… Read full text

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Strada delle 52 Gallerie, Italy

Strada delle 52 Gallerie, or the Road of 52 tunnels, is absolutely not a road for cars. It was built as a military road during World War I for mule carriages. The road was previously open for biking, but after numerous accidents it’s only permitted to enter by foot.

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Road 622, Iceland

Don’t drive road 622 at high tide as parts of the road literally will be under water. This is Iceland’s most dangerous road, and even one of the most terrifying in the world. On the roadside, which by the way is without any guardrails, is steep hillside… Read full text

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Road 622, Iceland

Don’t drive road 622 at high tide as parts of the road literally will be under water. This is Iceland’s most dangerous road, and even one of the most terrifying in the world. On the roadside, which by the way is without any guardrails, is steep hillsides ending in the sea. The surface is rough gravel, and sometimes muddy. Only for 4×4 off-road vehicles and very experienced drivers.

Col du Parpaillon, France

Col du Parpaillon, or road D29, is a winding mountain road with scenic views along the way. It has a lot of hairpins and steep sections, some with a maximum slope of 13 percent. The more mountainous parts of this challenging road are unpaved and only su… Read full text

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Col du Parpaillon, France

Col du Parpaillon, or road D29, is a winding mountain road with scenic views along the way. It has a lot of hairpins and steep sections, some with a maximum slope of 13 percent. The more mountainous parts of this challenging road are unpaved and only suitable for off-road vehicles, if at all. Col du Parpaillon is one of the highest mountain roads in France. At the very top of the road, at an elevation of 2,637 meters, lies the famous “Parpaillon Tunnel”, which occasionally is closed with its big metal doors. D29 was once an important military road.

Abano Pass, Georgia

The Abano Pass, or road M44, is well known as a “death road”, since there have been many fatal accidents along the track. You’ll notice numerous memorials for people who have lost their lifes trying to drive this route. With it’s 2,826 meters above sea … Read full text

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Abano Pass, Georgia

The Abano Pass, or road M44, is well known as a “death road”, since there have been many fatal accidents along the track. You’ll notice numerous memorials for people who have lost their lifes trying to drive this route. With it’s 2,826 meters above sea level, the Abano Pass is the highest drivable mountain pass in the Caucasus. The nature is breathtaking with deep gorges, waterfalls, and horses running wild through iris fields. The length of the pass is 84,5 km, and expected driving time is more than 12 hours. The road has been featured in an episode of BBC’s “World’s Most Dangerous Roads”.

Strada dell' Assietta, Italy

The Strada dell’Assietta (SP-173) is a 34 kilometers long, mountainous dirt road located almost entirely above 2000 meters altitude. This dangerous road sometimes features steep drops to the valley below, so Strada dell’Assietta should not be attempted … Read full text

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Strada dell' Assietta, Italy

The Strada dell’Assietta (SP-173) is a 34 kilometers long, mountainous dirt road located almost entirely above 2000 meters altitude. This dangerous road sometimes features steep drops to the valley below, so Strada dell’Assietta should not be attempted by drivers prone to vertigo. The road is, besides by tourists, used by a few farmers to access their land. Like most roads on this list, it’s only open for traffic during the summer. It’s sometimes closed to motorized vehicles during this time.

Please note

This list is only for entertainment purposes. We do not recommend driving on these roads. Driving on dirt roads can void your car insurance.

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