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Apr 23, 2012
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Hey so I'm leaving for Greece this weekend for close to two weeks. Since I'm going with my family (non-climbers, except my GF), I compromised on staying 3 days in Athens. After that it's Kalymnos the rest of the trip for me and my GF.

Any climbing around Athens? In the MP database there is only Meteora which looks like run-out routes of dubious quality 5 hours from Athens. Wondering if there is something closer where I could stretch my arms. (Not expecting anything high quality here)

Also, anything else I should go see while in the Greek Capital aside from the obvious landmarks?

Thanks!
Dom
From New Brunswick Canada
Joined Dec 8, 2007
1,184 points
Apr 23, 2012
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First off have FUN!

I was there a couple of years ago. Meteora is amazing and would be well worth the drive and there is plenty for non-climbers to do! It is mostly run out but one formation - the spindle - is bolted like a sport climb is is amazing climbing in an amazing position.

There is tons of limestone around Athens but not much that is developed.

There are some bolted lines in Nafplio along the water but when we were there they were closed due to rock fall. Also it is still pretty far from Athens.

There is more than enough to do to keep you busy for three days in Athens. I would also try to get out of the city a check out some smaller greek villages. These were my favorite part!

Have fun! A few pics to get you pumped!

Rock Climbing Photo: The rap off the Spindle.  Meteroa, Greece
The rap off the Spindle. Meteroa, Greece


Rock Climbing Photo: a little chapel on the coast of Greece
a little chapel on the coast of Greece
J mac
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 8, 2008
119 points
Apr 24, 2012
First off, drop the compromise attitude and look at this as an opportunity. There's more to life than climbing, and BTW, this is WHY you take foreign climbing trips. Really. Athens is well worth your 3 day stay. Folks that turn their nose up to it are only missing out.

We spent most on one day here:

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum (Greek: Åèíéêü Áñ÷áéïëïãéêü Ìïõóåßï) in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the great museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.[1] It is situated in the Exarcheia area in central Athens between Epirus Street, Bouboulinas Street and Tositsas Street while its entrance is on the Patission Street adjacent to the historical building of the Athens Polytechnic.

Guaranteed to stir your imagination and awaken your understanding of where you came from. If you can't get with this, you just can't get it. We walked from our hotel but the train system in Athens is remarkably good and should be used as much as possible.

ddriver
From SLC
Joined Jul 30, 2007
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Apr 25, 2012
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Thanks for the info! Dom
From New Brunswick Canada
Joined Dec 8, 2007
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