“The secret submarine bunker”

(Himare - Palermo military zone – Himare)

This easy tour combines some highly interesting communist legacy with beautiful views of the Ionian sea. It starts in village of Himare and leads over the modern asphalt road southwards along the coast. After some kilometers it reaches the peninsula of “Porto Palermo”, which was a restricted military zone with a naval base during the communist period. Today widely accessible, a gravel road leads all around the peninsula and back to the asphalt road towards Himare. At the beginning peninsula there`s a small detour to the left worth doing: It leads you to the limits of the naval base in a secluded bay, and to the entrance of a huge former submarine bunker under the peninsula. Back to the main track around the peninsula with great views of the sea & its islands, you reach the seaside entrance of the submarine bunker. Leave your bike and go the final meters to explore this highly interesting piece of history. Back on the bike the gravel climbs the hill and comes back to the asphalt, where the modern road takes you back to Himare.

Total distance: 15393 m
Max elevation: 100 m
Min elevation: 2 m
Total climbing: 331 m

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