The town of Kastraki nestled between the monoliths...
Greece, nestled between the Aegean and Ionian seas and mainland Europe to the north, is an incredible place. Home to beautiful islands, ancient ruins and great climbing, Greece is a worthwhile stop for any climber. Kalymnos is known for its great sport routes, Meteora
is home to bold trad and sport climbing up breathtaking sedimentary spires and many of the islands possess ample opportunity for deep water soloing.
(I put up this general Greece area to act as home for the original "Kalymnos, Greece" section under International and a section on Meteora that I wanted to add. If you want control of this or one of the other areas I've posted, I'm happy to cede it to you. I hope that the community will help flesh out this area and make it truly useful. -Anthony)
Guides and Beta
For climbing in Meteora
, Stutte and Hasse have published two guides detailing climbing in German, Greek and English called Meteora Climbing and Hiking and Meteora Band II Climbing. If you are proficient in German they can be purchased here.
I managed to buy both of them at the corner news stand in Kalambaka. Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guide
by Aris Theodoropoulos covers climbing in the Kalymnos area. Routes.gr
has an online route database. Coronn.com
sells topos for routes around Kalymnos--I haven't used them personally, maybe someone can publish a recommendation or warning in the comments section.
General information on Greece can be found on its Wikipedia page.
Lonely Planet publishes a useful Greece Travel Guide
and has useful travel information on its website.
Greece is easily access through the international Airport in Athens as well as via overland routes and ferries.
Weather station 0.1 miles from here
400 Total Routes
['4 Stars',75],['3 Stars',191],['2 Stars',92],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',8]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Greece:
Featured Route For Greece
Ciao Vecchio 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Europe
: ... : Odyssey
Ciao Vecchio means, "good-bye to problem solving."Named so because, apparently, the chalk gremlins have come out en mass to show you, step by step, tick mark by tick mark, which holds to grab. Stevie Wonder could red point this climb. Ciao is so well mapped out, in fact, that personally I'd drop it a grade, maybe two. (But I'll let the official "11a" grade stand here. Just sayin' it's REAL soft.)Move up a low-angle ramp until the wall steepens and the pockets deepen. Paint by numbers up the tick...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Kristoffer Schmarr
From: 2nd Cornfield
Jul 10, 2013
This is a valuable resource if you want climbing info for any of the crags around the country. Plenty right in and around Athens to enjoy! routes.gr/?Page=en/Main