Kalymnos is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands, which include Kos and Rhodes, and is situated close to the Turkish mainland. It is only a small island but it packs a lot in with amazing range of routes on its limestone cliffs and its size makes it ideal for getting around without a hire car. Historically it is known for its sponge diving and honey but both of these have fallen on lean times in recent years and the main industry here now is tourism. Climbing started on the island in 1997 and has taken off in the past couple of years with new crags and routes being developed at a feverish pace. The best of the climbing at the moment is concentrated around the small tourist town of Massouri, a 20 minute taxi ride from the island capital and ferry port of Pothia. Many quality 1 and 2-pitch sport routes from fine 4+ slabs to overhanging 8b stamina-fests have been developed, with some spectacular climbing available on tufas and stalactites and there is huge scope for future development of many more sport routes and longer mountain routes. Autumn and Spring are the best times for climbing with most crags in the shade until mid-afternoon allowing you to enjoy a well-deserved siesta on the beach, or a swim in the sea after a hard morning of climbing.
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This MiniGUIDE contains full-colour topos and photo-topos for all the popular crags in the area. The crags covered are all, with one exception, within walking distance of the main accommodation hot spots in Massouri. It also has all the necessary logistics information for you to plan a trip.
This MiniGUIDE is available in two different formats: A4 paper and A4 Booklet. Each download includes a full assembly instruction sheet. For more information on the formats check the main MiniGUIDES page. We also have a Help Page if you have any problems when downloading, printing and assembling your MiniGUIDE.