Rock Climbing in Greece


Rock climbing is an adventure and extremely demanding sports activity. It demands a lot of physical skills such as endurance, agility and coordination of the body parts along with great mental control. Rock climbing requires a lot of training in climbing techniques and usage of climbing equipment. A lot of rock climbing clubs offer both equipement and courses.

Most rock climbing activities in Greece are practised in Epirus, Crete, Macedonia, Thrace, and Peloponnese. It is not a particularly popular sports among the Greeks, but the excitement it offers is superb.

The most famous rock climbing area within Greece is found at Kalymnos. This small island near Kos is an excellent sport climbing destination with great weather throughout the year and many superb bolted limestone routes at every grade. The majority of the rock climbing is found within walking distance of Massouri, which offers mainly 1 and 2-pitch sport routes from fine 4+ slabs to overhanging and pumpy 8c+ routes.


There is a diverse range of rock climbing to be found in Crete, from single pitch sports routes to long traditional multi-pitch routes requiring natural protection such as nuts and friends. The sports climbing on Crete is concentrated around Kapetaniana to the south of the capital Iraklion.

In the popular holiday area of Argolis there is some excellent sports climbing to be found on solid limestone rock, with the majority of the routes being single pitch. However all of the climbing areas are only partially developed, which means there is a massive opportunity to establish new routes in this area.

In the north west of Greece lies the rock climbing area at Meteora. Here there are many fantastic towers of rock up to 300m high. There are over 600 routes many of which are bolted.

Around Patras there are several bolted limestone rock climbing areas. The majority of the routes are single pitch, though the crag at Varasova has multi-pitch routes up to 800m long.




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