Girl climbs a high cliff tied with a rope. Below you can see the edge of the land, the sea and an island.

Rock climbing on Kalymnos

Climb to Seventh Heaven!

Kalymnos, a small island located in southeastern Dodecanese archipelago, offers rock climbing and bouldering during the whole year. 
Especially in September, you can enjoy pleasant climbing temperatures in combination with warm water for swimming. Climbers began heading to Kalymnos in the mid-1990s as word spread of giant cliffs and seaside ambience. In a matter of a few years, the island became a climber’s paradise. Nowadays, there are approximately 200 hiking routes in 77 climbing fields, including distinctive sign posts.

Kalymnos is one of the most important climbing destinations worldwide, an island that has everything a climber afiicionado looks for: abundance of challenging rock formations but also simplicity and authenticity. Here, the potential for new routes is enormous. Even though only a small percent is used, Kalymnos offers a rock climbing experience that can last for a month. Surrounded by some of the finest limestone crags in the world (the Grande Grotta cave forms a giant limestone amphitheatre), the island provides a huge range of climbing experiences such as slabs, big walls, overhangs, and tufas, to suit every level and style.

Despite its popularity, Kalymnos still remains an untouched and tranquil place. Its small towns and villages scattered along the island's coast, the endless sunshine and the limitless climbing potential of the island convinced some climbers to settle here after their first visit, in order to offer guiding services.

Those who are less inclined to spend their holiday hanging from a cliff shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enrich their island experiences, by exploring the old traditional trails and enjoying mountain bike riding, or a simple ride along the coastal route admiring the sea view.