Symi is a gorgeous small island in the Dodecanese numbering about 2500 residents. Located two hours NW of Rhodes, it is a rocky island with the ideal combination of clear blue waters, attractive traditional architecture and looming cliffs. The island’s history goes back in time to the Trojan War. The colorful capital of Symi, Yalós, crawls up the hills surrounding a protected natural harbor.
Climbing in Symi began in 1992 with Georgis Milias, a Mountain Guide who hails from Symi. The climbing crag of Symi rises above the beach of Ai Giorgis Dysalotos, on the east coast. It is a vertical to overhanging cliff up to 300m high, over a stunning beach; the rock is grey and red limestone of good quality and it features several single pitches along with a few very nice multi-pitch climbs. The grey rock can be a bit sharp, and climbing in Symi is mostly delicate on small holds.
Getting to Symi is easiest by flying to Rhodes (RHO) and then taking a local boat to Symi. (Notably, Kalymnos is only 2,5 hours away via catamaran.) All types of accommodation are available in Symi, from budget lodgings to sophisticated boutique hotels. Additionally, there is an interesting crag on the island of Rhodes named Ladiko. Ladiko is located near the beach of Anthony Quinn, in one the prettiest parts of the island.