The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area
Why is Meteora famous?
Meteora, meaning ‘suspended in air’, is famous for its monasteries perched atop vertical peaks – but few know that before their construction in the 14th century, hermit monks first climbed these soaring stones to settle in the caves and hollows of the rocks as early as the 9th century.
What makes the Meteora unique?
Meteora is a unique area in Greece, and quite possibly the world. The wider area is full of impressive, massive rock formations. These rocks were formed millions of years ago. Over time, they were further shaped by the wind, rain and other natural phenomena
How do you get to the monasteries of Meteora?
You need to catch the bus going to Trikala (the nearest big town to Kalampaka) and then take the bus to Kalampaka. From there you need to either book a guided tour to the Monasteries, take a taxi or hike there. The train leaves from the New Railway Station in Thessaloniki and goes to Kalmpaka.