There are rock climbing sites all around Greece, from the mountainous mainland to islands that have become internationally renowned climbing destinations. With experience providers that can supply all the equipment and technical know-how you need, there’s nothing to stop you adding Greece to your list of dream climbing spots. Or if you’re an expert, look out for the growing number of competitions that draw some of the best climbers from around the world.
Popular rock climbing spots in Greece
Climbing the Meteora pillars is a truly singular experience. These are long ascents without the need for surplus safeties, using natural holds, which are good for relative beginners and of course more challenging climbs. You’ll be thrilled to discover the ruins of abandoned monasteries and hermits’ shelters in protected niches.
An impressive, sheer slope rises above the village of Sykia, below Mt Giona, challenging rock climbers to conquer it. The object of many a climber’s desire is the vertical rockface from 1,000-2,500m, the Slab of Sykia (as it’s known), which is an excellent test of their skills.
In 1936, Italian Andrea Di Bari discovered the limestone rocks and climbing potential of Kalymnos. Today, the island is an internationally-recognised climbing destination, with over 60 climbing fields and more than 1,300 marked and secured routes. The world’s best climbers are attracted to the international competitions held here.
You’ll find good climbing sites in the vicinity of Trikala, at Tempi, at Iraklitsa, Kavala, near Patras (Kalogria, Alepohori), at Nafplio, at Langada in Taygetos, at Gamila, Zagori (Mount Tymfi) and at Olympus. Also impressive are the sheer rockfaces of Varasova in Etoloakarnania and at Kathisma beach on the island of Lefkas.
Around Athens, the best sites are Petra near Varybobi, Davelis’ Cave on Mt Pendeli and the Fyli area.