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Rock Climbing Around Patras

The imposing wall at Varasova offers big wall climbing up to 800mWithin a 45km radius of Patras there are 4 significant rock climbing areas. 

The largest climbing area by far is the big wall of Varasova, which long multi-pitch routes up to 800m long, as shown on the photograph opposite.  The climbing is straight off the beach, and the crag has a mixture of sport and traditional (placing your own protection such as nuts and cams) routes.  The first pitches are bolted to provide sport routes, though the spaces between the bolts vary from route to route. The multi-pitch routes then continue as traditional routes, requiring the placing of nuts and cams. There is also a small amount of bouldering to be found at Varasova as well.

Rock climbing areas around Patras

No Crag Type of Climbing No. of Routes Max Height Type of Rock Popular Grades
1 Varasova Sports/Trad 200 800m Limestone 5a to 6b
Bouldering 55 N/A Limestone 5a to 5b
2 Kleisoura Sports 37 40m Limestone 7c & above
3 Alepochori Sports 85 45m Limestone 6a to 8a
4 Chatzouri Sports 61 70m Limestone 6b & above

The information above has been extracted from Greece Sport Climbing Guidebook, which is available to buy from our shop.

Map of the rock climbing and sport climbing areas around Patras

Map of the rock climbing and sport climbing areas around Patras

Other sport climbing areas around Patras

The main sports climbing areas around Patras are at Kleisouri, Alepochori, and Chatzouri. 

Chatzouri has a great cave providing power endurance climbing at grades between F7b to F8c.  There are also some vertical wall routes between F6a to F7c+.  Alepochori is full of tufa columns and stalactites located in an unspoilt mountain valley.  Most routes are graded between F6a to F8a and some are particularly steep.  Kleisouri is a roadside gorge featuring very steep cliffs full of tufas.  Most of the routes are graded between F7a+ to F8c. 

What sets these crags apart from other sport climbing areas in Greece (except Kalymnos) is  the abundance of pure, hard sport routes in the 7th and 8th grades on good quality limestone rock.

Patras Climbing Logistics

The Greece Sport Climbing Guidebook covers the best routes at Varasova and the sport crags at Kleisouri, Alepochori, and ChatzouriGetting to Patras – Situated 45km to the west of Patras is Araxos airport, which has links to several European cities.  Alternatively drive from Athens (around 200km) or take a ferry to Patras port.

Best time to climb at Patras – For Varasova and the sport crags at Kleisouri, Alepochori, and Chatzouri the best time to climb is either the Spring or Autumn, though it is possible during the winter as well.

Guidebook for Patras – The Greece Sport Climbing Guidebook covers the best routes at Varasova and the sport crags at Kleisouri, Alepochori, and Chatzouri.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.  Currently there is no definitive guidebook for the Patras area.

Rock climbing photographs at Patras Click on the image to view a larger photograph, taken at Alepochori crag.