GRANDE GROTTA


Perched high over the town of Armeos, and visible from most of the apartment balconies in Massouri, is the vast cave known as the Grande Grotta. This unique geological feature, with is dramatic tufas and stalactites, is the centre of the most important climbing area on the island. Here you will find routes from 4+ slabs to 8b overhangs, spread along about 500m of cliff and yet in reality the development has only just begun. The caves of Jurassic Park and Spartacus provide excellent hard climbs, there are easier slab routes to be found in the shade of the Afternoon walls, the cave itself has some of the most weird and wonderful routes you would fine anywhere and further right, into the Panorama area, the development has been at its most intense with a superb series of routes across the grades.

Routes

105 sport routes (4...9a)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Jurassic Park
This superb cave is situated high on the hillside to the left of the main Grande Grotta crags. The...
9
Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
23
Spartacus
Spartacus offers a fine set of hard climbs, on generally steep rock, with lots of tufas and...
27
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
24
Spartan Wall
In between Afternoon and Spartacus, this newly developed sector includes the hardest routes on the...
6
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

28 mins

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Afternoon
Afternoon has some great slabby and vertical climbing from grade 4 to 6c and makes a welcome...
19
Sport
Evening sun
Uphill

20 mins

sheltered
25
Grande Grotta Cave
This unique and spectacular cave is all the reason you need to visit Kalymnos. Huge tufa-systems...
19
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

Seepage
Dry in the Rain
sheltered
27
Panorama
Panorama offers some superb long climbs of a variety of styles. On the left the wall is just a...
25
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
sheltered
28
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  • Latest Comments

    For GRANDE GROTTA

    Ivi
    "harder than dna for sure" 12/Dec top50

    Gladiator
    "Really quality route, 3* for sure for me. Varied pumpy climbing on tufas blobs a..." 08/Jun top50

    Spartacus Maximus
    "Not sure about 7a for the top bit, but agree with 7b+ for the whole thing." 26/Apr

    Neptun kl
    "Now re-bolted and much better for it. Still quite tough though for 6c. Is it wor..." 19/Oct

    Ziegen Peter
    "In the local guide book, Ziegen Peter is 18m, and the 6b Astree extension is ano..." 05/Oct

    Lucifer's Hammer
    "It's a very nice 6c wall climb. In fact quite hard 6c for Kalymnos!" 11/Sep

    Aphrodite
    "graded 7a+ in the guide, agree with that; the crux its quite polished" 15/Jan

    Taz
    "There are easier 6c's in Kaly for sure... Nice technical second half." 01/Dec

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