Ai Giorgis Dysalotos (pronounced ay YOR-ghis thee-SA-lo-tos) is on the east coast of Symi. With access only by sea, the beach of Ai Giorgis will no doubt become a climber’s favorite spot on Symi: a vertical-to-overhanging limestone cliff rises to a height of about 300m over a stunning beach. According to local lore, the rock face was ‘cut’ by a horse-riding Ai Giorgis (St George) as he ripped through the air with his sword. Beneath the cliffs is a typical Greek ensemble: chapel, handful of trees, gorgeous beach and deep blue sea. A stone’s throw away across the sea is the coast of Turkey.
Approach: In the summer, small boats transport tourists to the island’s beaches with no road access. They operate on a fixed schedule, much like buses. The rest of the year you can hire one of these boats (at a higher rate) to take you to Ai Giorgis.
The nearest international airport to Symi is that of Rhodes (RHO). From Rhodes, daily local boats take you to Symi in about two hours, or you can take the catamaran departing from Rhodes every morning (1 hour to Symi). Furthermore, one of the world’s best climbing venues, Kalymnos, is only 2,5 hours away by catamaran. A three-day break from your climbing holiday in Kalymnos can easily be well-spent climbing one of the two multipitch routes on Symi.