Mount Parnitha is a densely forested mountain range located on the northern part of Athens and is the highest on the peninsula of Attica, with an elevation of 1,413 m, and a summit known as Karavola . Much of the mountain is designated a national park, and is a protected habitat for wildfowl, first created in 1961. The summit is located 18 km north of Acharnae and about 30 km north of Athens, while the mountain covers approximately 250 km² of land. Other peaks include Mavrovouni, Ornio (1,350 m), Area (1,160 m), Avgo (1,150 m), and Xerovouni (1,120 m). Furthermore, there are two shelters on the mountain, Mpafi and Flampouri.
The rock climbing location of Varimbombi, especially the rock of Petra, is very popular and one of the most important sites in Greece due to its good limestone quality and also its historical significance. It is the place where the first climbing school in the country was established in 1928. Furthermore, there is a great variety of climbing routes appropriate for beginners and more experienced climbers. The ideal periods to visit this sport are mostly spring and autumn months.
Rock Climbing requires specific equipment and techniques that must be adapted to the natural environment. That is why, we advise you to check regularly our ‘Schools / Clubs’ section, in order to get in contact with nearby qualified instructors, that will introduce you safely to this exciting activity. Although, rock climbing schools will provide you with all necessary technical equipment, we suggest that you visit our ‘Equipment Shops’ section, in order to choose your technical apparel. Furthermore, we highly recommend you to visit our ‘Accommodation’ section, for nearby accommodation arrangements.