ST PHOTIS


The cliffs around the quaint chapel of St Photis were one of the first areas on the island to be developed but they rather fell out of favour for many years except for the popular sunny crag of Monastery. Recently there has been a new wave of development, with many very hard routes and some easier offerings, plus the rebolting of many of the older climbs. The area is worth a visit to get a look at another quiet corner of Kalymnos.

Conditions
The crags face in all directions, so there is always sun and shade available here. Generally the cliffs dry quickly, the north facing walls can be soapy after rain and the whole area is rather exposed to westerly winds.

Approach
from the parking at Kantouni Beach follow the track on the left past a church and out towards the first headland down a valley below the airport and out to a 2nd headland and round this where the chapel comes into view. All the cliffs are accessed from this path, first Austrians (10 mins), then Monastery round to the left (30 mins) and finally St Photis (35mins+) at the end on the main track.

Routes

Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Austrians
A minor venue with a few steep routes that see few visitors. The setting is pleasant enough but the...
10
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

sheltered
Monastery
A good and popular crag with a decent set of face routes, almost all of which are sharp. The crag...
25
Sport
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

sheltered
The Chapel
The walls opposite and just right of the tiny white chapel give some of the easier routes in the...
16
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

35 mins

sheltered
The Cave
The caves and walls round to the right of the white chapel had some old and neglected face routes...
30
Sport
Afternoon sun
Level

35 mins

Seepage
sheltered
Spiders
The final developed section (at the moment) is a series of flat white walls. There are few easier...
14
Sport
Evening sun
Level

40 mins

sheltered
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  • Latest Comments

    For ST PHOTIS

    Sherpani
    "pockets. confusing, not so easy for onsight" 12/Dec

    Tabacco e Venere
    "Undergraded, with some hard moves in the last third of the climb. Much harder th..." 17/May

    Octopodi
    "Very nice route, unexpectedly technical. First bolt is in the wrong place - you ..." 13/May

    Cartier
    "Very good route, 2 or 3 stars." 09/Nov

    Coky
    "Very hard for the grade, and extremely painful. If you like climbing on razor-bl..." 06/Jun

    Luna Calante
    "Not really that exciting." 27/May

    Amita
    "Not at all pleasant - some bolts badly rusted and top one loose. Better with a s..." 18/May

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