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Summary

Amatou is a small canyon leading to the beaches of the Amatou bay.

Description

Climbing in Amatou bay takes place in a small canyon leading to the sea. We call the canyon Amatou according to the name of the bay. This small canyon is in fact continuation of the Xerokambos Gorge, which is the largest canyon in Xerokambos area, leading from Hametoulo village. Climbing routes are done on two opposite crags, "Cave" on the north-east side and "Lungs" on south-west side. Because of this there is almost always some part of the crag in shade or in sun ( in wintertime). The sea is about 100 meters far from here, it is very pleasing to combine climbing with swimming in the sea on a warm day. The quality of rock here is very good, the material is not sharp in most pitches. The routes are mostly overhanging.

Approach

The access is very easy. The canyon lies close to the dirt road leading between Amatou bay and Xerokambos village.

Where to stay

There is a lot of apartments and villas for rent in Xerokambos and Zakros, unfortunately no campsite.

History

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First pitches were opened in December 2016, when Czech climbers Petr Fiala and Karel Hronek came here and started to bolt.

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