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Rock climbing in Athens

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 over 30 crags within an hour’s drive that are dotted around the hills surrounding Athens.  These crags are shown on the map opposite. 

Athens sport climbing photograph

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.

Map of the rock climbing areas around Athens

Map of the rock climbing areas around Athens

Rock climbing logistics for Athens

Graph of Athens average peak daily temperatureThe 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. 

There are 2 guidebooks covering the climbing around Athens.  The Climbing in Athens Guidebook is the most comprehensive covering 29 crags.  The Greece Sport Climbing Guidebook covers 7 of the best climbing areas around Athens as well as many other excellent climbing areas around Greece such as Leonidio. Buy these guidebooks 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.

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Click on the images above to view a larger photograph, showing the excellent rock climbing to be found around Athens.
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Climbing in Athens Guidebook

The Climbing in Athens Guidebook describes many sport climbing areas around Athens.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.