The map opposite shows some of the bouldering areas that have recently been developed in Greece.
The island of Tinos is the most extensive bouldering area in Greece, with a wide range of problems on excellent granite rock. The excellent “Tinos-Bloc” guidebook that covers the bouldering on Tinos Island describes nearly 600 problems across a wide range of grades. The bouldering described in this guidebook is situated in the north east of the island though there is the potential for 1000’s of more problems to be developed.
The island of Kos also offers some excellent bouldering on granite rock. Most climbers only visit Kos on their way to Kalymnos, but a bouldering trip here in its own right is very worthwhile. The bouldering at Kos is detailed in the guidebook called “Olympic Blocs”, which describes approximately 300 problems across a wide range of grades, plus there is lots of potential to open up new problems and sectors.
In the north of Greece there are 2 other granite bouldering areas, called Pinovo and Maronia. The bouldering at these areas is again detailed in the guidebook called “Olympic Blocs”, which describes approximately 150 problems at Pinovo and approximately 100 problems at Maronia across a wide range of grades. Again there are lots of potential to open up new problems and sectors.
The sandstone bouldering at Rizoma is situated close to the climbing at Meteora and it is possible to combine an excellent trip of trad/sports climbing and bouldering in this compact area. The bouldering here is detailed in the guidebook called “Olympic Blocs”, which describes approximately 100 problems. Click here for more information.
The limestone bouldering at Varasova (close to Patras) is limited to the boulders that are scattered beneath the main wall, with around 50 problems. Click here for more information.The best time of the year for bouldering in Greece is generally from the autumn through until spring. In summer it is just too hot.
Currently there are 2 guidebooks available that cover the bouldering to be found in Greece, which have been used to extract the above information. These are:
The island of Tinos is the most extensive bouldering area in Greece and such has its own dedicated guidebook. Tinos Bloc describes over 600 problems across a wide range of grades. All the problems are shown on colour photo-topos with Fontainebleau grades used throughout.
This guidebook describes all the developed bouldering in Greece, except that found of the island of Tinos. Olympic Bloc describes over 750 problems at the island of Kos, Pinovo, Maronia, Rizoma (near Meteora), Varasova (near Patras), and Bollywood (near Volos). All the problems are shown on photo-topos with Fontainebleau grades used throughout.