Myrties Boutique Apartments at Kalymnos Island

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Rock climbing in Kalymnos

With so many amazing climbing spots and jaw-dropping scenery, Kalymnos has become a landmark for climbing enthusiasts from all around the world.

Few destinations have had such a steep rise in fame in the climbing world as Kalymnos. Thousands of routes for all levels, limestone cliffs and a seemingly endless gift of crags, caves and overhangs (all with incredible Aegean views) have combined to make the Dodecanese island one of the premier climbing destinations in the world – all within two short decades.

The variety and quality of its rocks are what Kalymnos has built its reputation on. You could be an absolute beginner or world champion and you’d find what you’re looking for. Easy slabs to get you started or technical climb walls are amongst thousands of well-maintained routes, including single-pitch and multi-pitch options … along with instructors and equipment to hire. Everything you need so you can play hard and relax the rest of the time.

It’s as if Kalymnos was created for climbers. The climate, the food … the fact that you can be inverted on an overhang with the incredible colours of the Aegean as a backdrop in the morning – and swimming in the sea in the afternoon.

There are climbing routes along the west and northwest coast, all within easy reach. But the climbing capital is the village of Massouri (the famous overhang photos of Grande Grotta are taken near here). And there is also a selection of fantastic hiking trails, if you want to experience more of the island’s epic scenery on two feet.

Above all, you’ll leave filled with the special energy Kalymnos radiates – nowhere more so than during the various climbing competitions held through the year. The Kalymnos Climbing Festival, in particular, has become a draw-card for enthusiasts from all over the world