Kalymnos Greece Rock Climbing

Kalymnos is widely known as one the best climbing spot in the world. People from everywhere come again and again to enjoy this climbing paradise between sea and sun and challenge themselves on a high quality rock.  In constant development, Kalymnos has now about 2500 routes on over 65 climbing sectors.  With its endless potential of rock, 200 new routes are bolted every year, so climbers always have a good reason to come back. Because when you come once, you get addict!

Kalymnos has a large variety of climbs and grades on a very concentrated area. At a walking distance from the village or after a short drive (20 min), you access to all of them.  The limestone crags offer the famous kalymnian’s style routes in caves with stalactites, easy vertical routes on tufas from grade 6, full of big pockets, but also slabs, multi-pitch and even some deep water solo for the rest days.  Climbers appreciate the close and safe bolting of the routes, ideal to lead climb and get more confident. Often, you’ll find routes from grade 4 to 9 on the same sector so challenges for everybody!

Kalymnos is situated in the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean Sea, close to Turkey’s coast. It has a dry climate and climbing is possible most of the year. The best periods are spring and fall but you can easily climb in summer in the shade and then enjoy a swim in the sea!

Kalymnos is also a fantastic holiday destination. For your rest day or for non-climbers, there are nice beaches, small villages and ports to visit, diving, cycling, kayaking. Traditional greek food with fresh fish, grilled meat, stuffed vineleaves and tzatziki worth the trip in itself, not to mention the legendary welcome of the people. Many reasons to come… and come back!


— Article by  Simon Montmory, Certified Climbing Instructor. Contact him at: +306983674162 or through his contact data below.

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