Athens may not be the obvious destination for a sport climbing holiday, but there is a surprising amount of crags within a short distance of this city. In fact there are 33 crags within an hour’s drive that are dotted around the hills surrounding Athens. These are shown on the map opposite. This information and the photograph below has been extracted from the Athens rock climbing guidebook, which is available to buy from our shop.
There is a good variety and styles of climbing to be found in Athens, ranging from sheer desperate slabs to highly featured, tufa infested walls, including some sea cliff climbing. The vast majority of these crags are limestone, though there are also a couple of marble quarries. There are over 1,100 documented routes across a wide range of grades on mainly single pitch routes.
The best time to visit Athens to climb is the spring, followed by the autumn. In the summer it can get very hot, though there is an abundance of north facing crags make it possible to climb during the summer. In fact a useful feature of the Athens rock climbing guidebook is a section at the start that details the best season for each crag, along with the number of routes and the best grade range.
The definitive guidebook for the area is called Athens rock climbing guidebook, which features all 33 different crags and over 1,100 routes. Published in in February 2014, all the routes are shown on colour photo topos, along with a detailed description. Buy this guidebook from our shop.
With Athens being a famous tourist destination in its own right, this is a great place to visit to climb for a few days as part of your general holiday along with some excellent culture, food and drink.