Zóbolo is a relatively new crag with loads of potential in Cavo Maléas, a breathtaking location on the southeast tip of the Peloponnese. Cavomaliás, as the cape is known locally, was infamous amongst ancient mariners for its unpredictable seawaters, and later on it became known for its enormous stone lighthouse. Still remote and impressive, with the blue sea expanding as far as the eye can see, it is an area of serene, unspoilt beauty. The village closest to the crag is Agios Nikolaos.
Climbing in Zobolo: High-quality limestone with prominent features. Here you will find small tufas, steep slabs, cracks, roofs, caves–everything, really. In addition, there is a lot of potential for new sport routes up to five pitches. Equipping in Zobolo began in March 2009, and so far about 150 sport routes have been opened. Bolting on the majority of routes is very climber-friendly. Most climbing routes in Zobolo are low– to mid–grade (5b-6c), and quite a few routes can be used for training purposes. There are several harder lines as well.
Conditions: Climbing in Zobolo is ideal in spring, autumn and winter. Realistically, you can also climb in the summer if you make sure to pick the right crag and stay out of the relentless sun. The main cliff (from West Zobolo to Protos Tihos) faces mostly southeast, so it basks in the sun from 11.00-18.00, and it is ideal for climbing in cooler months, especially between November-April. For summer climbing, sector Hioni has shade in the morning (until 14.00) and sector East Zobolo in the afternoon (after 14.00).
Accommodation in Zobolo: The vast majority of accommodation options near Zobolo are in Neapoli (approx. 15km away), a popular summer resort town. Limited accommodation options are also available in Agios Nikolaos, a beautiful village approximately 5km from the crag (see links on the left).