Interest in Leonidion climbing has doubled in the last year and we can see why. Idyllically placed, the impressive crags of Leonidio rise up high with ocean (including beautiful Greek beach) on one side and snow-dusted mountains on the other. There are nearing a hundred crags and thousands of routes there, with everything from multipitch trad routes to vertical/slabby/overhanging sport routes across the whole range of grades. Most crags are well signposted with charming hand-painted signs and cairns lead the way to the base of crags.
There’s a great climbing bar Panjika down in the town which offers tasty FairTrade food, local beer and a chilled out social space with games, books and cosy sofas. You can also buy the Leonidio climbing guidebook there.
Don’t miss the market on a Monday, down by the river bed, for stocking up on fresh fruit and veg. If you’re travelling by van, park up the windy road that leads to Vaskina – there are plenty of good sized lay bys on the corners with lovely views up the valley and out over the ocean – or along the Plaka beach.
A special thanks to Pierre and Margaux for our climbing day together, we’re already looking forward to a French adventure! Thanks for the great photos too!