Grande Grotta, the Big Cave, is the trademark of Kalymnos. Its uniqueness and massive scale (up to 50m high) coupled with an unbelievable concentration of huge stalactites make it the most spectacular overhang
Climbing: Out of this world, for those who climb hard routes, on red 3-D limestone. Radically overhanging tufas, blobs, and stalactites. Technical and pumpy on hidden holds and features ideal for heel hooks, laybacks, bridging, bear-hugging, bull-riding, thigh locks, kneebars, chimneying and imaginative rest positions
Conditions: Good for year-round climbing, though spring and fall are best. In winter the cave is protected from the wind and rain, but in late winter/early spring the stalactites can be wet. In summer, climbing is good even on humid days thanks to the big, juggy holds.
New routes: Climbers agree that no more new routes should be put up in the Grande Grotta, to protect this amazing natural monument.
ATTENTION: There is always the risk of breaking stalactites in the cave.
• Never stand under people climbing in the cave.
• When belaying, it is best to stand near the base of the cliff with your back against the wall.
Walk up the steep path starting on the side of the hotel. Go through the goat gate and close it behind you. Walk to the lone olive tree, then go left up a steep obvious path to the cave.
Walking time: 20 min.
From Masouri go to Hotel Philoxenia. Park there.