Climbing in Chalkidiki
Climate and climbing seasons
Temperatures and precipitation in Loutra are adequate for rock climbing all year round. Nevertheless, among the best seasons are spring and autumn with typical maximum temperatures between 15 and 25°C. While all the lush vegetation makes the landscape slightly more appealing in spring, the sea is warmer in autumn. Summer at the beaches and cliffs nearby is fantastic. Climbing the few routes further inland may be best in the cooler mornings and evenings. In winter, maximum temperatures are typically around 10°C which is still warm enough for climbing but the humidity and possible snowfall may be unpleasant.
Suitability for children
The beaches at Porto Ilios (Beach Towers, Turtle’s Head) and the Sea Cliffs of Agia Paraskevi are perfect for children and families. Most of the other crags are okay, in terms of safety and suitability for playing, apart from some sections around Red Sunset Face which are quite rugged and steep.
Access – Approach
From Thessaloniki’s international airport (“Make-donia”/SKG) you can catch a taxi to the bus station “KTEL Chalkidikis” (KTEΛ XAΛKIΔIKHΣ) for approxi-mately €10. There you can buy a ticket to Loutra (ΛOYTPA) at the counter for €12.60. Buses leave Thessaloniki at 9.00 am, 1.00 pm and 5.30 pm. The ride takes almost 2½ hours. For the return journey, buses leave Loutra at 07.05 am, 01.05 pm and 05.35 pm; the tickets for these are sold on the bus. The company’s web page is www.ktel-chalkidikis.gr (note: Loutra is listed as “Agia Paraskevi Spa”). Alternatively, one can bring or hire a car (which we never needed in Loutra) or catch a taxi (for example that of Charis Zaykaretos (Tel. 0030/6979494375), who lives in a neighbouring village of Loutra: €100-150 from the airport).
Koryfogrammi ton Glaron
|1||Koryfogrammi ton Glaron||3||TRADITIONAL, 80m|
|2||Ftero Glaron||2||TRADITIONAL, 70m|
|3||Jiros tou Limaniou||5b|
Koryfogrammi Sanatoriou - Pyrgoi Amudias
Pefkovelona - Tichos Samiamidiou - Delfinia
Credits: To purchase the detailed guide follow the link Chalkidiki climbing guide