Meteora is a unique place located in northern Greece, near the town of Kalambaka. It consists of a complex of rocks, atop each of which are monasteries. The name "Meteora" translates as "above" or "suspended", which reflects its characteristic - the monasteries seem to hang in the air. UNESCO has included Meteora in the list of World Cultural Heritage sites, and every year more than two million tourists come here. Both local residents and the Greek government regard Meteora as a "sacred and inviolable" place. The rocks of Meteora are especially beautiful at sunset when the sun's rays softly illuminate the gigantic stone pillars - an unforgettable spectacle that will remain in your memory for a long time.
How did the history begin?
The emergence of the monastic tradition in Meteora dates back to the XIV century when pioneer monks settled here, laying the foundation for future monasteries. Over time, the monastic community expanded, and by the XVI century, there were already 24 monasteries here. However, today only six of them continue to operate. Among them is the Great Meteor or "Meteor Megala" - the largest and oldest Orthodox monastery among those in Meteora. But each of the six monasteries serves not only as a testament to historical heritage but also as living custodians of monastic culture and spirituality, where traditions are passed down for centuries to the next generations.
How to get there?
What to do in Meteora?
Exploring the Monasteries
◌ Explore all six active monasteries: Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou, St. Stephen's, St. Nicholas and the Holy Trinity Monastery.
◌ Learn about the history of the monasteries, enjoy panoramic views, and experience the unique atmosphere of each monastery.
Hiking and Bike Routes
◌ Travel the paths between the monasteries, leading from Kalabaka to the Holy Trinity Monastery and from the village of Kastraki to the Agio Pnevma rock.
◌ Take a bike tour to the Presentation Monastery through the beautiful oak grove.
◌ See the multi-arched bridge from the 16th century in Sarakina and visit the ancient Theopetra cave with its gigantic underground hall.
Rock Climbing and Summiting
◌ Climb the Great Holy (or Agio, as locals call it) peak - the trail to it rises 430 meters above the town of Kalabaka and goes through narrow crevices and passes between the rocks.
Rafting on the Piniós River
◌ Undertake an 8 km rafting journey on the river with a 2-3 level of difficulty during the spring-fall period, perfect for family groups and groups of friends.
◌ Swim in the river, if the season allows, and have a picnic on its bank.
Gastro and Wine Tour
◌ Stroll around the town of Kalabaka tasting homemade pies and monks' honey.
◌ Visit local wineries, participate in tastings, and buy your favorite wine to take home.
Reasons to visit Meteora
A trip to Meteora is a must for those who seek more than just a tourist journey. Here you can dive into real spiritual depth and feel a connection with Greece's unforgettable history.