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Kalymnos - Arhi

By: Patrick Raspo
Country: Greece, Region: Kalymnos, Town: Kalymnos (Dodecanese)

Close to Arginonta lies one of the island's oldest crags, Arhi. It was here that, in the mid nineties, the Italians Andrea Gallo and Andrea di Bari climbed some of the first routes on Kalymnos, marking the start of what was soon to become one of the most popular climbing getaways in Europe. Arhi currently has 37 routes to the left and to the right of the large central cave.

GETTING THERE

From Arginonta follow the road towards Skalia. Turn off after roughly 500m, close to the white milestone and follow the blue markers to the crag. 10 minutes.

THE CLIMBING

Technical climbing on compact grey limestone.

NOTES

Panorama Arhi - Matthieu Selme


Kalymnos rock climbing in Greece

GETTING TO KALYMNOS
By boat

Kalymnos can be reached by boat from the island Kos. Once you have landed in Kos, take a taxi to the port at Mastichari and catch the next boat to Kalymnos from there. Mastichari is 10 minutes by taxi from Kos airport and the taxi ride costs €12 - €15 euro in total. Regular ferries and smaller speed boats make the Mastichari – Pothia (Kalymnos) route regularly. The ferry ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs €4; the speedboat takes approximately 25 minutes and costs €6.00. When you arrive at Pothia (the main port in Kalymnos) you will find a number of taxis waiting. A taxi ride to Massouri costs between €10-15, depending on the number of passengers and luggage. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter or car, or inquire about the public bus schedule departing in front of the City Hall. There is a tourist information kiosk at the port exit. To check the Kos – Kalymnos ferry timetable, go to www.danae.gr and enter ‘Mastichari’ and ‘Kalymnos’ in the respective fields.  You can also call the Port Authority of Kos for an automated timetable message in English on the following number: +30 22420 26594. In the unlikely event that there is no taxi waiting at Pothia, call the taxi station on the following number: +30 22430 50300.

By plane
In high season Olympic Air flies Athens - Kalymnos regularly and a return ticket costs approximately euro 200.

Further info
Full info on getting to Kalymnos here: www.climbkalymnos.com/?page_id=2628

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Kalymnos Rock Climbing Guide – All New 2010 Edition. Aris Theodoropoulos. 360 pages, 1700 routes, 64 sectors, English
 

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