IKARIA Bouldering & Climbing FESTIVAL 2019

Don’t miss the chance to visit Greece’s next favorite climbing destination that combines extraordinary bouldering and amazing sport climbing.

The Bouldering & climbing festival in June 2019 is an excellent chance for you to visit IKARIA ISLAND!

Since 2013, an important project has begun in order to highlight and promote alternative tourism on the island, with first initiative the creation of bouldering parks all over the island. The project was managed by Evaggelos Kastanias, local climber with a great experience, with the help of 2 experienced climbers Antonis Skevofylax and Donatos Botos. This project was supported by the Municipality of Ikaria. In 2015 the first bouldering guidebook is printed and issued, including more than 300 bouldering problems and useful info about the island. Today, the book is released in Greece and Europe, and recently became an application by Vertical Life. Meanwhile, the sport climbing project has begun and until today there exist 5 climbing sectors and approximately 120 sport climbing routes of various grades all over the island. Special thanks to experienced climbers Dimitrios Prodromou, Janetos Katsafados, Yannis Aliyannis, Antonis Skevofylax and Donatos Botos for their precious help in bolting new routes. Also, on the southern part of the island Remy have bolted a few interesting routes close to the beach of Seychelles.  Ikaria has splendid high quality rocky anaglyph, which has impressed all climbers that have visited until today.

Ikaria has the chance to combine a great number of great quality rock, ideal for 2 kinds of climbing: bouldering & sport climbing.  

Why climb in Ikaria?

  • Rocks and bolted routes are of highest quality, and safe
  • Climbing sectors are scattered along the island, offering climbing in different landscapes and weather conditions (sectors in the north and the south part of the island)
  • Ikaria’s sectors bolted until today gather a number of different grades routes- from challenging and amazing vertical walls to easy ones for beginners and families.
  • In general, all sectors are easy to access and offer breathtaking views to the Aegean

Ikaria is only 6 ½ hours away by boat from Piraeus port and 45 minutes by airplane from Athens. June is a splendid period for climbing and visiting the island. 


Said Belhaj, Cris Daniil & Victor Sebros meet in Ikaria!

Said Belhaj-

Said has been on the Swedish national team for 10 years, participating in competitions around the world. He is currently involved in all climbing disciplines: bouldering, sport climbing, competitions, and big walls. He has climbed οver 2000 routes in the 8th grade up to 9a+ in over 50 countries on 6 continents in all disciplines, 8b boulder, 8c trad etc. He is an athlete who enjoys the challenges of climbing and also considers climbing a type of meditation through movement. He is so much attracted to onsighting that he closely links it to discovery and exploration and the thrill of improvising on the rock.

Apart from an excellent athlete, Said is also a musician experimenting into traditional and electronic styles, and specializing on gnawa, a kind of afro-Moroccan music which corresponds to his Moroccan heritage. He also plays percussions and numerous traditional instruments. 


Cris Daniil-

Cris has been in climbing since he was 12 years old. In 1996 he started bolting his hometown’s (Livadia, Voiotia) sectors, creating new climbing parks. Kalymnos was his main destination for years, where he has climbed and bolted many routes, the most important ones being : Los kukos 8c, Tagmania 8c+, Gora gut gutarak 8c+, Nadir 8b+, Los Revolucionarios 9a, Inshallah 8c+.These routes are today climbed by many athletes such as SEAN MCCOLL, ALEX MEGOS, NICOLAS FAVRESSE, ADAM ODRA.He is already a graduate of Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing and he will attend the Climbing Trainers’ School of the General Federation of Climbing in June. He is involved in both sport climbing and bouldering and since today he has climbed more than 400 routes with some of them being 8c/c+. He is a promising athlete open to new challenges and has climbed some of the most difficult project boulders of Ikaria in 2015 at the first mini bouldering festival on the island.

Victor Sebros-

A promising active young athlete, joins us in Ikaria climbing!

The Festival Program


Day One: Saturday, June 15th 

TIME: 11.00-17:00

MEETING POINT: Karras Star Hotel- Festival Reception Desk

ACTION: Welcome

– Festival registration
– Festival topos and Competition info handouts
– Collective T-shirts & stickers

All day Free climbing / OR

Join & see Said Belhaj, Cris Daniil & Victor Sebros sending some project routes (info about their location at reception desk)

TIME: 21.30              

MEETING POINT: Karras Star Hotel

ACTION: Evening pool party with live music by Said Belhaj & free drink + local delicacies- Lottery with gifts for the weekend


Day Two: Sunday, June 16th 

TIME: 09:00-18:00

ACTION: Bouldering & Climbing Competition –Register in Vertical Life Scoreboard and gather points for climbing bouldering & climbing routes. Register to get your collective T Shirt for free! Register here.

TIME: 20.00              

MEETING POINT: Karras Star Hotel

ACTION: Climbing Competition results/ Awards & prizes

TIME: 22.00              

MEETING POINT: Tragostasi village

ACTION: Traditional Ikarian Feast (panigiri)


Day Three: Monday, June 17th 


All day Free climbing / OR

Join & see Said Belhaj & Cris Daniil & Victor Sebros sending some project routes (info about their location at reception desk)



Bouldering & Climbing Competition

The Bouldering & Climbing Competition will take place on Sunday, June 16th, from 09:00 until 18:00. Each climbing party can choose either of the following and climb as many routes as possible to gather points.

Each route climbed freely earns a designated number of points depending on grade:

Bouldering up to6A             1000 points/climber

Bouldering up to 7A            2000 points/climber

Bouldering 7Aand up          3000 points/climber

Sport climbing up to 7A                  1500 points/climber

Sport climbing 7A and up               3000 points/climber

+ 500 points/climber for onsighting

The climbing parties to climb the most routes and/or earn the highest number of points will be awarded unique prizes courtesy of the festival’s sponsors and local businesses.


Ikaria has 300+ bouldering problems among 9 impressive topos and around 120 sport climbing routes among 5 amazing crags, with different conditions. 

Festival Topos
Info about topos’ GPS and locations will be given at the festival’s reception desk at Karras Star Hotel.



Since climbing is scattered around Ikaria Island you should choose your crags of interest and plan to stay close to that area. Some options for accommodation are the following, offering special prices for climbers during festival days.

Karras star hotel, Avlaki Kalamorida


3 nights in a Standard Room: 135€

3 nights in Standard Sea View Room: 150€

3 nights in Superior Sea View Room: 175

«Greek Breakfast» included

10% discount on wines and alcohol drinks.

T. +30 22750-71024, 22750-71046, 210-4326353




Double Room 30€/ per night,breakfast included

T.22750 71390/2


Anemi apartments, Armenistis


Double room 30€/ per night

T. +30 22750 71190

Sherif Amari: 6937681022 / Sophia Lioulia: 6932238787


FROSO STUDIOS, Crysostomos

Studio (for up to 4 prs.) 35€/ per night,

Μ. 6986607406




Single Room 32,5€/ per night + breakfast 4€/person (optional)

Double Room 40,8€/ per night + breakfast 4€/person (optional)

Triple Room 49,1€/ per night + breakfast 4€/person (optional)

T: +30 2275031434


KERAME, Evdilos


Studios & apartments from 32,5€/ per night + breakfast 4€/person (optional)

T: +30 2275031434


Romantza Studios, Armenistis


Fully equipped studios (2-4 prs.) 40€/night

T. 22750 – 71232, 22750 – 71344 / M. 6973670447



Rent a car

Aventura Rent a Car, Evdilos

Special Price/car/day 25€


T. 22750 31140 / M. 6972284054


Karimalis Rent a car, Gialiskari

Special offer for climbers -10%


T.  22750 71166 / M. 697 719 9588


Lemy Rent a Car, Armenistis, Agios Kirikos, Airport


T. 22750 71122


All offices offer free delivery of car to the port and delivery at the airport with a low fee.


How to get to Ikaria/ How to leave from Ikaria


By boat, just 6,5 hrs from Piraeus port (price from 31E)

Friday & Saturday, departure from Piraeus 07:55 arrival in Evdilos 13:45

Monday & Tuesday departure from Evdilos 17:25 arrival at Piraeus 23:55

By airplane, just 40 minutes from El. Venizelos Athens airport



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