We love climbing! We believe that it has tangible mental benefits which transfer to other parts of our lives and has an influence on our core life values. Values learned through climbing include joy, simplicity, stress management, perspective, and presence in the moment. Needless to say, we are lucky that Greece has tons of rocks and perfect climbing conditions all year round. Below we will mention some of our favorite spots.
Kalymnos is a relatively off-the-beaten-track destination in Greece and first thing you’ll notice is its striking beauty, with dramatic crags and mountains, dazzling deep blue water, and a much greener landscape than its neighboring islands. At the same time, the island’s is no doubt a climber’s paradise with over 2,300 routes for all levels that attract climbers from around the world. The type of rock varies as there is a lot of overhanging, routes with pockets and tufas, but also some nice slab and thin, vertical routes as well. Some of the most famous routes, are in the Grande Grotta cave, dotted with enormous stalactites and tufas and view towards the neighboring island of Telendos
Surrounded by big limestone crags and the sea, Leonidio on the Peloponnese is the new hotspot for climbing in Greece. It has been dubbed as ‘the new Kalymnos’ and it definitely has the potential. Near the town, there are close to two thousand climbing routes that allow an all year-round climbing. It offers everything, from pocket-pulling, to overhanging tufa climbing in all grade ranges, and technical climbing on grey walls. When you want to chill, don’t miss the lovely Panjika climbing bar in the town, which offers FairTrade coffee, local beer and a social space with games, books and cozy sofas.
The enormous sandstone pillars of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage listed place meaning “suspended in the air, rise impressively above the plain of Thessaly. Many centuries ago, monasteries were built on the top of some of the rocks, making the area the second most important monastic community in Greece, after Mount Athos in Halkidiki. From the earliest days of the monasteries, rock climbing was a necessity, as there was no other way to get to the top and monks were using ropes, nets, and long ladders. Today, climbers from all over enjoy the rock-climbing routes and there are very few places on this planet where you can see, climb, and experience such rocks. The rock is very unusual, and it has lots and lots of pebbles sticking out of the wall. Most climbing is slab climbing on these round pebbles and a good foot technique is more important than raw finger strength.
When most climbers come in Athens it is most likely as a pitstop on their way to Kalymnos or Meteora. This is quite a pity, because there are more than forty crags in and around the city! The vast majority of these crags are limestone, though there are also a couple of marble quarries.
You will be also surprised to learn, that there is a crag just few minutes away from the Acropolis, in the nearby Filopappou hill, which consists of about thirty routes and a sector of bouldering.