Cyprus is a hidden gem for climbers of all levels. The Troodos Mountains, a central massif rising over 1,950 meters (6,400 feet), offer a wealth of climbing opportunities, from challenging multi-pitch routes to gentler sport climbs. And then, of course, there are climbs by the sparkling sea.
Diverse Terrain and Climbing Styles
The Troodos Mountains are home to a variety of igneous and sedimentary rock formations, providing a diverse range of climbing experiences. In particular, Kakopetria offers over 100 routes on steep limestone slabs.
For sport climbers, the Troodos Mountains offer numerous bolted routes with varying grades. The Avakas Gorge, a scenic gorge near Kakopetria, is a popular spot for sport climbing, with routes ranging from 5a to 7a+. If you’re lucky, you might even see a few of Cyprus’ famous mouflon sheep!
Beyond the mountains, if you’re looking for a more adventurous challenge, the Akamas Peninsula offers several multi-pitch routes on sea cliffs. The Archangelos area, in particular, is known for its vertical walls and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Aphrodite’s Rock area near Polis Chrysochous is another great spot and features challenging multi-pitch climbs on volcanic rock.
Gearing Up for the Climb
When climbing, it’s essential to pack the appropriate gear, including a climbing harness, helmet, shoes, chalk bag, belay device, and ropes. For multi-pitch climbs, you’ll also need quickdraws and carabiners. It’s also a good idea to bring a first aid kit and plenty of water.
Guided Tours and Climbing Schools
If you’re new to climbing or want to experience the mountains with a local guide, there are several climbing schools and tour operators that offer guided climbs and instruction. These companies, including Climb Hike Cyprus, Ungravity Climbing, Cyprus Climbing Academy and more, can provide you with the necessary gear, training, and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable climbing experience.
The best time to climb in the Troodos is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is mild and sunny. In the summer, the temperatures can get quite high, making climbing in the afternoons uncomfortable. Winter can also be a good time to climb, as the lower temperatures can make the rock more grippy. If you’re looking for a sea side climb, then spring or autumn is probably your best bet.
Experience the Beauty of Nature
Climbing is an unforgettable experience that will challenge your physical and mental abilities. It’s also a great way to explore the natural beauty of this stunning island. With its diverse terrain, from mountains to the seaside, engaging routes, and friendly climbing community, Cyprus is just waiting to be climbed.