World-Class Climbing on Kalymnos
Kalymnos is a beautiful Greek island. Its fantastic limestone cliffs make it a paradise for sport climbing at all grades. Just add sun, sea, secluded beaches, friendly people, delicious food and great weather and you understand why it’s a world-class climbing destination.
Small boats will take you from island to island with clear water and amazing beaches. It is a great place to chill out after climbing. Beach bars, snorkelling, kayaking, great food, fishing, diving, scooter tours, yoga: Kalymnos offers it all. This island has made a big impression on those that go and return year after year.
Focus of the Kalymnos Climbing Holiday
Kalymnos has become one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. The variety of climbing is endless. For beginners, intermediate as well as experienced climbers there are slabs, technical walls, and steep caves with tufas. The different climbing areas on the island are close to one another and easy to get to. And they often offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean sea and the island of Telendos. Finally, a mild climate and the warm hospitality of local inhabitants, have made Kalymnos a favourite amongst rock climbers.
The Kalymnos climbing holiday will be geared towards your individual abilities and aspirations. Depending on where you are in your climbing career, our climbing guides can focus their attention on your lead climbing skills, which might involve rope awareness, clipping practice and teaching you how to thread anchors. Or they will aim to improve your movement skills and teach you how to climb more efficiently so you can climb harder routes than you have ever climbed before. Some climbers take the opportunity to improve their mental approach to climbing. For instance to learn to deal with fear of falling or failing. Either way, your instructors will aim to give you the best possible climbing experience.
Kalymnos Climbing Holiday Itinerary
Saturday: arrival on Kos, take the ferry to Kalymnos, settle in your accommodation. Meet and greet dinner.
Sunday: single pitch sport climbing with certified guide
Monday: single pitch sport climbing and coaching
Tuesday: climbing and coaching
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: climbing and coaching
Friday: climbing and coaching
We don’t have a set list of crags, though some of our favourite climbing areas on Kalymnos are: Afternoon, Arginonta Valley, Lambda (on the island of Telendos), Palionisos, Odyssee and Grande Grotte.
Kalymnos Weather & Climate
Greece is known for its very hot summers. In the winter there are not many flights to Kos. Spring and autumn are therefore the best times of year to go climbing on Kalymnos. We organise climbing trips to Kalymnos in May and October, when it is not too hot, the sea is warm and the days are long.
Your accommodation will be located in Massouri/Myrties, which is where the climbers on the island prefer to stay because of its restaurants, bars, climbing shops, minimarkets and beaches. It is within walking distance to some of Kalymnos' most popular crags, like ‘Grande Grotte’, ‘Afternoon’, ‘Panorama’ and ‘Poets'. For those wanting to explore Kalymnos, transport is readily available. You can either go by bus or taxi or rent a scooter. Most climbing venues are within walking distance of your accommodation and the water taxi port to take the ferry to the island of Telendos is just down the road.
Kalymnos Climbing Holiday Includes
- 7 nights accommodation including breakfast
- 5 days guided climbing and coaching
- Maximum instructor-client ratio is 1:6
- transport to/from crags
- Fly to Kos
- Ideal for those climbing grade F5 up to F7B+ (5.9 - 5.12c)
- Inland and sea cliff climbing
- Limestone slabs, vertical walls and steep overhangs
Great location, great climbing, great instructors…
5th November 2019
Our Rock & Sun climbing holiday in Kalymnos was awesome!
1st November 2019
Amazing week spent climbing – perfect idea for our honeymoon!
27th October 2019
Amazing. I learnt so much!
14th October 2019
Thanks for a great trip!
20th May 2019
Enjoyed the climbing holiday a lot
23rd October 2018
Really great climbing trip on Kalymnos…
...which exceeded my expectations. Choice of climbing locations was spot on. Also, the coaching was excellent and my technique has definitely improved. Really good to film the climbers and play back to show where improvements can be made. All in all, superb trip.
17th October 2018
The climbing holiday on Kalymnos was fantastic!
I received a lot of guidance with technique which impacted my climbing in an exciting way.
16th October 2018
Great climbing tips. Good small sized group…
15th May 2017
We had a fantastic holiday on Kalymnos. Loved the location…
Kate and Charlie H.
15th May 2018
Kalymnos was a wonderful holiday venue…
18th October 2016
Great climbing tips. Overall good holiday…
15th May 2017
Thank you for another wonderful week of climbing…
31st October 2017
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