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Climbing is an activity that requires strength, endurance, and agility. There are many types of rock climbing in Greece such as aid climbing or free climbing. More specifically, aid climbing is a style in which the climber pulls himself up with the help of his equipment while in free climbing, the climber uses his physical strength and skills to pull himself up, while his equipment is used for injury protection. You will find below the best destinations for rock climbing in Greece.
Alternatively, you can see some top rock climbing clubs.
Thanks to its numerous mountainous regions, Greece has many ideal places for rock climbing lovers. Keep reading to find out the top rock climbing destinations in Greece!
Kalymnos island belongs to the Dodecanese island complex and it is said to be one of the world’s best destinations for climbing, as it has vast rocky landscapes and great weather conditions throughout the year. Due to its popularity, it is one of the best organized and safe climbing destinations. The view from every spot of the island is breathtaking and combines the blue of the Aegean Sea with the green of the natural landscape. Many international climbing festivals and events take place on the island, organized by the Municipality of Kalymnos, and gather numerous climbers from all over the world.
Take a 4-7 days climbing course in Kalymnos!
Hotels: La playa boutique apartments, Petra Boutique homes
Meteora, located in Thessaly, is a magnificent natural wonder that attracts all kinds of visitors including climbers from all around the world. Meteora consists of huge pinnacles and rock pillars with an unusual mixture of sandstone and conglomerate that create breathtaking scenery. The views will leave you speechless and your visit is definitely going to be an amazing experience to remember.
Visit Meteora proposes climbing courses there! View their program!
Hotel: Archontiko Mesochori Suites & Apartments
Crete is the largest island of Greece and offers numerous opportunities for those who love different climbing styles. The island has many gorges and one of the best ones for climbing is Agiofarago, in the southern part of the island. It is suitable not only for experienced climbers but also for beginners, while it leads to a beautiful beach where you can take a dip after an intense climbing session!
Hotels: Casa Liaya- Villa di Matala
The island of Kythira, located Southwest of the Peloponnese, is also an upcoming climbing destination. Its main climbing spots are Kakia Lagada and Sparagario. Recently, the Kytherian Foundation for Culture & Development (KIPA) developed the “Via Ferrata” or Iron Trail Network. This is a special network of trails that combine hiking, canyoning and climbing all around the island.
Athens, the capital of Greece, is surrounded by mountains which have great climbing routes just half an hour away from the center of the city. Parnitha, Penteli, and Hymettus offer fantastic climbing opportunities, boasting breathtaking views. In Parnitha, you can marvel at the amazing natural surroundings; in Penteli you will easily climb and see the abandoned marble quarries, and finally, in Hymettus, you’ll find rich flora and fauna.
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Peloponnese is the southern region of the Greek mainland and its geographical formation favors climbers. The largest rock climbing area is Leonidio, which is suitable during winter because it offers natural protection from the weather condition due to its concave cliff. Another place for sports climbing in Peloponnese is the old capital of Greece, Nafplio as well as Kyparissi, a little village nearby. Nafplio belongs to the district of Argolis, which has over 12 climbing areas to choose from.
Hotels: Archontiko Chioti in Leonidio, Nafsimedon in Nafplio
Last but not least, Varasova is located opposite to the third-largest city of Greece, Patras. It is suitable for climbing during the autumn season and offers an amazing view of the sea.