Nedousa is a very small village situated deep inside a stunning gorge of Mount Taygetus. That part of the mountain is called Alagonia, and it is lush and undeveloped. Apart from climbing, you can hike to the villages of Alagonia, Piges and Artemisia, or walk along the cobblestone paths of Velanidia. For shopping, eating, and swimming, the vibrant city of Kalamata is approximately 20km away. If you feel like exploring a bit further, a day trip through the famous Mani region (the middle ‘leg’ of the Peloponnese, south of Kalamata) is a must. Shimmering olive groves, gentle hills and small coves dot the sunny landscape; the crown jewel is Voidokilia Beach, an almost perfect circle of sand enclosing blue-green waters within a protected ecosystem.
And if you enjoy Greek food, you should know that the culinary tradition of Mani goes back to ancient times. Local ingredients are packed with nutrition, the olives and olive oil of southern Peloponnese are widely considered among the best in the world, and the region’s other dietary staples – oranges, myzíthra cheese, honey, and sýglino (smoked cured pork with sage) – are heaven on a plate.
Climbing: Very solid red and gray limestone, with everything from red and black tufas on very overhanging rock to compact low-angle slabs full of crimps and pockets. Bolts are new and in excellent shape, though the bolting itself in some routes is quite runout and sometimes discouraging.
The crags of Nedousa were bolted primarily by Stavros Psirropoulos, Yannis Torelli and Stefanos Papadopoulos. Other equippers include George Malamas, Ervin Witowschi, Dimitris Poulopoulos, Alexandros Koutros, Timos Koufogiorgas and Vanias Mavropoulos. The Mountaineering Club of Kalamata offered significant financial assistance.
Gear: A 70m rope and 18 QDs for the longer routes.
Kids: The best crags for kids are Tzerani (next to the road), Riza, and Geladospilia, with some level areas beneath the cliffs.
Conditions: Thanks to crag orientation and the area’s climate, climbing is possible year-round. Ideal seasons for climbing are April-June and September-December. For the local weather station and live images from a webcam, visit weather-messinia.gr/nedousa/