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1. Greece 4,100 routes in Region

Summary:
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seasonality
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.844275, 37.521009

1.1. Kalymnos 2,512 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 26.951716, 36.977202

Unique Features And Strengths:

All grades to 8c+ available, but notably extremely high quality routes from 6b+ to 8a+ (and lots of them) in an idyllic Greek island setting.

Description:

The world's current most popular sport climbing holiday destination.

Picking when to go depends on many factors. The winter months (December - March) enjoy very mild temperatures (average maximum of 14-16C) but this is the wet season and it will usually rain on 9-13 days per month. Locals rave about climbing on nice winter days though, if your schedule allows for sitting out a few winter storms, and the fact that all the shops will be shut. Later in the wet season, seepage can be heavy and this prevents climbing on most flowstone routes (which many people consider to be the best routes), and this is a significant factor during the months of January-March, and also April if rainfall was above average. If you want to swim, the water is too cold (<19C) during the months of November to April. By May the seepage should be mostly gone, and swimming should be ok, but the average maximum temperature is up to 24C and the sun is nearly at its hottest which can enforce shade chasing, and the crowds are sizable (albeit half those in October). Then summer hits, and the average maximum temperature is over 28C during the months of June - September, which for most people rules out a dedicated climbing holiday, but is reportedly a great time if you are happy to climb early, and to mix in some swimming and sailing which are at their best. September - November has good air temps, mostly good water temps, and no seepage, but this is offset by having by far the biggest crowds and queues at the crags.

Approach:

You will walk to 60% of the crags and hire a scooter for the other 40%. Note new laws have been introduced in 2015 requiring that you must have a motorbike license in your home country if you wish to validly hire a scooter in Kalymnos. Some operators are already enforcing this (they have insurance problems if they don't). Others will still hire scooters on the basis of a driver's license, but probably not for long. If you do hire a scooter, take it easy: tonnes of people come off.

Where To Stay:

Any of the countless studios in Massouri.

Ethic:

Full bolted sport climbing with a documented bolting standard.

History:

Developed very recently, compared to most European climbing destinations; mostly within a span of 10 years.

1.1.1. Sikati Cave 38 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 26.938089, 37.059645

Description:

Sikati Cave is a wild, massive hole in the ground which looks like it’s been created by a giant meteorite impact. Climbers call it Sikati, but the locals call it Alatsia. Sikati is an enormous cave with no roof, a diameter of 50-60m, and a depth of 70m at parts. Its surrounding walls are full of tufas and stalactites. Inside Sikati Cave the steep, overhanging limestone is a bit “out of this world” with enormously long routes up the walls, and ‘trade-mark’ Kalymnian 3D climbing.

1.1.2. Emporios 119 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.933534, 37.050835

1.1.3. Palionisos Area 121 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.969251, 37.049785

1.1.4. Skalia Area 262 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.955673, 37.041693

1.1.5. Arginonta 506 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.963835, 37.020394

Unique Features And Strengths:

One of the best places to go when there's a cold northerly blowing and you want a protected spot in the sun.

1.1.6. Armeos 772 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 26.943163, 37.009507

1.1.7. Telendos 258 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.907907, 37.007769

Access Issues:

Ferry runs daily, every half hour, from the port at Myrties (1 Km s of Massouri) to Telendos. 2€ from 8a - 12 midnight. Fewer services operate in shoulder and off-season however. A boat also goes directly to the beach near Irox/Eros leaving at 10a and returning at 5p/1700. In shoulder season you need to arrange this with the boat operator and be ready to pay an extra 15-20€.

1.1.8. Myrties 84 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 26.936967, 36.991220

1.1.9. Kamari 55 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.940263, 36.985647

1.1.10. Kandouni 91 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.926334, 36.961175

1.1.11. Pythari 10 routes in Sector

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.940119, 36.939871

1.1.12. Panormos 29 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.954605, 36.976378

1.1.13. Chora 22 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.965254, 36.971010

1.1.14. Vlichadia 10 routes in Unknown

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 26.966224, 36.933193

1.1.15. Vathi 135 routes in Area

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 27.012309, 36.986863

1.2. Meteora 66 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 21.628718, 39.718542

Unique Features And Strengths:

Pulling pebbles on tall conglomerate towers crowned by monasteries

Description:

If you have seen the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" you may remember the stunning scenery in which 007 goes rockclimbing: Tall conglomerate towers with many abandoned or inhabited monasteries on top. Even tiny ledges and caves often hold relics of some eremitages. The climbing is mostly adventurous; expect longer runouts, widely-spaced ringbolts that are sometimes easy to overlook and sometimes loose round pebbles that make gear placements challenging.

detailed route database (in German): http://www.db-sandsteinklettern.gipfelbuch.de/gebiet.php?gebietid=16

Access Issues:

Generally, rock formations with inhabited monasteries should not be climbed. Preserve all other historical remains.

Where To Stay:

Two campsites in the villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka.

Ethic:

Traditionally, Meteora was in great parts explored by climbers with background from Sächsische Schweiz, translating to ringbolts, leadbolting and runouts. However, there is also some mainstream sport climbing to be found.

1.2.1. Ambaria 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.2. Doupianifels 25 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 21.620300, 39.722039

1.2.3. Glocke 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.2.4. Kelch 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.5. Kastrakiturm 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.6. Geierwand 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.7. Orgelpfeifenwand 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.8. Teufelsturm 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 21.626629, 39.725405

1.2.9. Ypsiloterafels 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 21.627546, 39.724776

1.2.10. Monifels and St. Barbara Turm 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.11. Nixenherz 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.2.12. Heiliggeistwachter 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.2.13. Heiliger Geist 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad and Sport

1.2.14. Alphasporn 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

1.2.15. Sourloti 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 21.626852, 39.715081

1.2.16. Sourloti-Kind 3 routes in Cliff

Summary:
All Trad
Description:

"small" spire south or Sourloti

1.2.17. Pixari 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

1.3. Argolis 145 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 22.884690, 37.581796

1.3.1. Nauplio 130 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 22.825172, 37.565630

1.3.2. Katafyki Ravine 0 routes in Crag

1.3.3. Didima 0 routes in Crag

1.3.4. Vivari - Kolidi beach 15 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 22.935521, 37.522498

Unique Features And Strengths:

Beautiful climbing by a quite beach

1.4. Leonidio 80 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 22.871731, 37.167493

Unique Features And Strengths:

Evolving limestone crag at the eastern coast of Peloponnes

Description:

1.4.1. Hot Rock 18 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.847902, 37.173638

1.4.2. Mad Wall 14 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.886646, 37.171642

Description:

Sunny crag with well protected routes that get harder and harder the closer you go to the anchor.

1.4.3. Red Rock 12 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.857274, 37.172279

1.4.4. Twin Caves 36 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.839849, 37.176412

1.5. Athens 737 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.762849, 38.011447

1.5.1. Acharneis 29 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.665835, 38.096653

1.5.2. Daskaleio 28 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 24.058279, 37.831372

1.5.3. Dionysos 14 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Top Rope and Trad

Long/Lat: 23.872128, 38.092332

1.5.4. Dytikos Tichos 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 23.877154, 38.070925

1.5.5. EPOS Fylis 27 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.661433, 38.123545

1.5.6. Houni 30 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.745099, 38.144697

Approach:

2 minutes

1.5.7. Filopapou 20 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.717484, 37.965436

1.5.8. Flabouri (Kato) 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 23.749676, 38.149107

Unique Features And Strengths:

Trad climbing just below Flaburaki ridge, on the most beautiful mountain around Athens, Parnitha.

1.5.9. Iera Odos 64 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.642797, 38.033393

1.5.10. Kakia Thalassa 28 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 24.047029, 37.832779

1.5.11. Karavi 37 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.791917, 37.950825

Description:

The area was a quarry in ancient Greece and the carving is still visible. The rock is of very good quality. All routes have been maintained during the summer in 2012 with bolts and anchors. Has a view over the entire city of Athens and the coast.

Access Issues:

Two road bars to access a 5 minute-walk path by car. First is next to a military base, usually open, you 'll be allowed access by showing id if closed. Second is usually closed during the summer to protect the forest. It is a 15 minute walk from there.

1.5.12. Kolones 15 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.667204, 38.097070

Unique Features And Strengths:

Short bouldery routes.

1.5.13. Korakofolia 69 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.722013, 38.129986

1.5.14. Mavrosouvala 28 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.805859, 38.251657

1.5.15. Merenda 31 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 24.002495, 37.857033

Description:

One of the winter crags of Athens. It is faced to the sun all day long, not recommended for summer use since the temperatures get a bit high. The rock is made of great quality limestone and the routes have mostly crimpy holds. All of the routes are on the hard side of their grades and most of the low grade ones have a really hard for their grade start till the first two bolts. Clipstick use recommended.

1.5.16. Mikri Varasova 41 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.661942, 38.122534

1.5.17. Pateras - Kandyli 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 23.409267, 38.054251

Unique Features And Strengths:

Adventure climbing close to Athens

1.5.18. Petra 63 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 23.763228, 38.145974

1.5.19. Platosi 32 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.674667, 38.098669

Approach:

After you park beside the house on the road, at 30m on your right facing the crag behind electricity pole starts the path.

1.5.20. Sesi 44 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 23.798512, 37.924985

1.5.21. Sibligades 30 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.882249, 38.075328

1.5.22. Varkiza 0 routes in Crag

Unique Features And Strengths:

Deep Water Solo, near organized beaches with water sports, cafes etc. Good rock quality, easy access and many facilities in the area make this a great spot for the summer!

Description:

Right after the beach of Varkiza is the water solo area. There is a traverse of about 200 meters long that ranges in height from about 4 to about 8 meters high. Rocks for single routes and short traverses continue further down the coast. Water is deep enough and clear. The area is under the sun all day, apart from very early in the morning.

Access Issues:

There are no issues affecting access.

Approach:

The area is located right after the coastal suburb of Varkiza. It is 22 kilometers from the center of Athens, on the Poseidonos Avenue (EO91) that goes to Sounion. There are frequent buses to Varkiza There is a Parking area at both ends of the traverse with no walking time.

1.5.23. Vrahokipos 33 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.795052, 37.914544

1.5.24. Pano Alogopetra 20 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.668452, 38.119035

Unique Features And Strengths:

Superb location for sunny winter days. Long fullfilling routes.

1.5.25. Alogopetra 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 23.670111, 38.119166

1.5.26. Ntamari 16 routes in Sector

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.875233, 38.071614

1.5.27. Ekstrateia 28 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.629887, 38.120751

Description:

1.6. Crete 196 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 24.896817, 35.062677

1.6.1. Kapetaniana 43 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 25.051468, 34.958964

Description:

Close to the village of kapetaniana, at the foot of Mt Kofinas, are multiple scattered crags with close to 200 routes on limestone

1.6.2. Plakias 42 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 24.400604, 35.179809

Description:

A beach side crag with hard routes on a laser cut vertical wall

1.6.3. Agiofarango 42 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 24.778890, 34.930524

Description:

A gorge with cretes largest collection of climbs in the 7b to 8a range. Non overhanging routes are generally very sharp. Several multipitch and trad routes also available. Routes scattered either side of the gorge.

Approach:

From kali limenes the guidebook is not very helpful. If you park at the coast guard in the village follow the road west that is initially concrete and goes up hill. The road soon turns to gravel. After about 500m you get to a Y junction. The right fork goes up hill. do not take this. The left fork passes through a gap in a fence with the opening sometimes guarded by a dog. This road swings back towards the coast and a fence that is closed about another 500m on. Open the wire gate. You are then on a wide path that contours around the coast for another 400m. Near goat pens you cross a small valley. There are red blazes and cairns from here that lead to the gorge, about 45 minutes.

1.6.4. Matala Red Beach 10 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 24.752720, 34.983653

Description:

Matala Tower is very dangerous to climb, because big stones can break away.Also the insurance there is very old and bad. The routes on Big Stone were set by Ulrich Müller, but I am not a professional route maker. So add self insurance or climb top rope. The first route on the BiG Stone was "Karina", a beautiful slab.

Approach:

From Matala on the way to Red beach.

Where To Stay:

You can stay in Matala or sleep in several caves around.

Ethic:

Self insurance is needed (nuts , slings, hooks...)

History:

All routes were opened from the bottom with self insurance by Ulrich Müller from the early 90`s to 2008.

1.6.5. Voulismeno Aloni 44 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 25.018042, 35.330138

1.6.6. Skoteino 15 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 25.297517, 35.304712

1.7. Alepochori 0 routes in Crag

1.8. Skollis 27 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.8.1. Chatzouri 21 routes in Area

Summary:

1.8.2. Portes 6 routes in Area

Summary:

1.8.3. Santameri 0 routes in Area

1.9. Kalogria 0 routes in Crag

1.10. Kleisoura 0 routes in Crag

1.11. Rhodes 30 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Alpine

Long/Lat: 27.949975, 36.177643

1.11.1. Ladiko 30 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Alpine

1.12. Sidirokastro 0 routes in Crag

1.13. Varasova 40 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 21.599119, 38.346311

1.13.1. Africana Sector 9 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Trad and Sport

1.13.2. Batman Sector 5 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Sport and Trad

1.13.3. Pirgos Sector 10 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Mostly Trad

1.13.4. Phyco Sector 8 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Trad and Sport

1.13.5. Public Sector 8 routes in Cliff

Summary:
All Trad

1.14. Lagada 95 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 22.309958, 37.081503

Access Issues:

Close to the main road that travels from Kalamata to Sparta. 14 km from Sparta.

1.14.1. Petsanes 31 routes in Sector

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.310877, 37.083679

1.14.2. Aloni 27 routes in Sector

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.309906, 37.083010

1.14.3. Stani 4 routes in Sector

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.307929, 37.079499

1.14.4. Splithari 22 routes in Sector

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.309572, 37.080479

1.14.5. Tourlitsa 11 routes in Sector

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.311364, 37.081243

1.15. Kymi 44 routes in Region

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 24.094155, 38.471479

Description:

More info: www.climbinkymi.gr

1.15.1. Oktonia 16 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 24.178096, 38.531246

Ethic:

Tyrol Declaration

1.15.2. Vrysi 16 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 24.034355, 38.548776

Ethic:

Tyrol Declaration

1.15.3. Metochi - Katavolo 12 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 23.969272, 38.661475

Description:

1.16. Kythera 24 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 22.985427, 36.246030

1.16.1. Sparagario 23 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 22.994588, 36.144776

1.16.2. Kakia Lagada 1 route in Cliff

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 23.003180, 36.307135

1.17. Tinos 88 routes in Area

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 25.129811, 37.603143

Description:

Tinos is a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. It is located in the Cyclades archipelago. The closest islands are Andros, Delos, and Mykonos. Tinos is famous amongst Greeks for the Church of Panagia Evangelistria and its 80 or so windmills. There is a lot of potential for outdoor activities as hiking, climbing and bouldering. The rock texture of the island rock is granite something unusual for Greek rock.

Approach:

As Tinos has no airport the only way to get to the island is by ship. Tinos has three ports, one for passenger speed boats, and two for ferries and highspeed boats which carry passengers and cars to other ports, including Mykonos (35 min), Piraeus, Rafina, Andros and Syros.

1.17.1. Exobourgo 88 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 25.167439, 37.577379

Unique Features And Strengths:

One of the few exploited granite mountains in Greece.

1.18. Parnassos 15 routes in Area

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 22.506353, 38.626368

1.18.1. Kokkini Stegi 15 routes in Crag

Summary:

Long/Lat: 22.506503, 38.626331

Description:

1.18.2. Mparoutospilia 0 routes in Crag

Description:

1.18.3. Mariolata 0 routes in Unknown

Description:

1.19. Gkiona - Pyramida 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Alpine

Long/Lat: 22.256416, 38.649273

Unique Features And Strengths:

Limestone of best quality on a greek mountain