The Argolis district of Greece, which includes the city of Nafplio, is at the southern end of the Greek mainland and is a popular holiday destination. The majority of the crags are easily accessible, together with plenty of beaches and many archaeological interests. This is an ideal area to go rock climbing for families with children and for groups with different interests.
The rock climbing around Nafplio and the Argolis region is all on excellent solid grey limestone. The majority of the routes are single pitch sport routes, though there are some trad routes as well. However all of the climbing areas are only partially developed, which means there is a massive opportunity to establish new routes in the area.
|Rock Climbing Crags around Nafplio in the of Argolis Region of Greece|
|No||Crag Name||Trad or Sport||Altitude||Best time to visit|
|1||Caves of Frachti||Sport||30m||Spring, autumn & winter|
|2||Kataafyki Ravine||Both||10m||All year|
|3||Kastro Thermisia||Sport||400m||Spring, autumn & winter|
|4||Pillars of the Wind||Sport||650m||Spring, summer & autumn|
|5||Didyma||Sport||1100m||Spring, summer & autumn|
|6||Rock of Ages||Sport||500m||Spring, summer & autumn|
|7||Mt Ortholithi||Mainly Trad||800 - 1100m||Spring & autumn|
|8||Kondyli||Sport||0m||Spring, autumn & winter|
|10||Karathona Bay||Sport||20m||All year|
|12||Arvanitia Beach||Sport||0m||Spring, autumn & winter|
The Argolis area claims to receive over 3000 hours of sunshine per year and is a popular holiday destination. It also means that it is possible to rock climb virtually all year round in the Argolis region, even in the hot summer months as some crags such as Didyma are at an altitude of over 1,000m. The only time of the year to avoid is February and March when it tends to be wet.
The best way to get to the Argolis area is to fly into Athens and then hire a car and Argolis is then roughly 2.5 hours drive from the airport. Anyway you will need a car to visit the majority of the crags as they are spread out all over the Argolis peninsula, and the public transport is not very good.
With regards to accommodation there are plenty of hotels, holiday apartments and villas in the area, especially at Porto Heli and Ermioni. Find out more…..
The Greece Sport Climbing Guidebook covers the best routes at Arvanitia Beach, Neraki, Karathona, and Kondyli, which is available to buy from our shop. There is currently no definitive guidebook for the area, though a free download by Jim Titt is available from his web site www.climbargolis.com, covers many of the routes in the Argolis region of Greece.