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Meteora travel guide

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Meteora

Explore your Meteora travel guide and discover one of the most significant world monuments, protected by UNESCO. Meteora hosts the most important Monastic Community in Thessaly and the second largest in Greece, after Mount Athos in Chalkidiki.

Your Meteora travel guide

In the 11th century, the first hermit monks reached the -up until then- inaccessible peaks of the dominating rocks and soon formed the monastic community of “Skiti of Doupiani”. During the 14th century, Saint Athanasios Meteoritis created the first organized ascetic commune in the Great Meteoro. Twenty-four monasteries, numerous cells and pray rooms were carved in the rocks or created inside the caves for more than 600 years. Today, the following monasteries are intact and functioning: Great Meteoro, Varlaam, Holy Trinity, St. Stephan, Rousanou and St. Nicholas Anapafsas.

Hundreds of visitors arrive daily in Meteora, from all over the world, to meditate and pray. They get to know the life of the monks, admire the unique landscape, the peculiar yet impressive architecture and hagiography, as well as study the priceless cultural and religious treasures. The rocks are composed of a mixture of sandstone and conglomerate. They were formed about 60 million years ago, during the Paleogene Period, when a series of earth movements pushed the seabed upwards, creating a high plateau and causing many fault lines to appear in the thick layer of sandstone. Continuous weathering by water, wind and extremes of temperature turned them into huge rock pillars, marked by horizontal lines, which geologists believe were made by the waters of a prehistoric sea.

Access

Meteora is around 4 hours away from Athens.

Pilgrim tourism

Discover inner peace and harmony at the monasteries of Meteora, considered to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage destination for Christians all over the world.

Alternative experiences

Amazing alternative experiences await you in Meteora! Try rock-climbing, enjoy a breathtaking sunset tour or discover the majestic rock formations by bike.

Kalabaka

Built in the shadow of Meteora, the city of Kalabaka is located in the Thessaly plain and offers a variety of restaurants, taverns and cafes.

Trikala

Located 40 km away from Meteora, Trikala is one of the most charming cities in Greece! Crossed by Lethaeus river, the city invites you for endless strolls or bike rides along the river banks.

Elati & Pertouli

The mountain villages of Elati and Pertouli are drenched in nature and are ideal destinations to visit at wintertime.

Mill of the Elves

The Mill of the Elves is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in Greece! Located in Trikala, it is the perfect place to live the fairytale with the whole family!

Meteoron Panorama

Delicious homemade food and excellente service with amazing views to the rocks of Meteora.

54 Patriarchou Dimitriou, Kalabaka
T: +30 2432 078128

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