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Meteora Monasteries

N 3943.275', E 2138.058'
2018-04-01
https://www.visitmeteora.travel/
Our rating: 8.00
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The complex of monasteries "Meteora" is one of the most famous and beautiful places in Greece. Six monasteries are located on the rocks in a small area, it seems that they are hanging in the air. It's unique place which you should visit. "Meteora" is translated from Greek as "floating in the air."

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak


Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak


Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

Rocks emerged from the earth about 60 million years ago, due to tectonic movements. The first hermits arrepared here in ancient times and 24 monasteries were built between 1340 and 1500. At the moment only 6 left.

Map of Meteora
Map of Meteora @

The base places to visit the monasteries are the city of Kalambaka (also Kalampaka or Kalabaka) and the village of Kastraki.

Kastraki village
Kastraki village Yuriy Buriak

Above the village is a huge and funny rock, name it by yourself :)

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

We stayed at the Meteora Hotel at Kastraki (booking.com). If you're with a car, then it fits perfectly. You will not find the best view from the window. Of course, book a room with a view of "Meteora". If you travel by public transport, then this hotel will not suit you, search for something in Kalambaka or Kastraki.

View from the hotel to Meteora Monasteries
View from the hotel to Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

In April millions of flowers could be seen around the hotel.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

We dined at a cheap local restaurant Papachrēstos (N 39 42.520 E 21 36.473), which is located on the main road. Despite the fact that it looks like a canteen, bus tourists are brought here for lunch, so it's delicious and you shouldn't worry about the quality of the food. In general, there are no problems with restaurants in Kalambaka and Kastraki.

Of course the best way to visit the monasteries is by car. You can rent a taxi near the train station (I think you can bargain for 50 euros per tour) or book a tour in advance. You can go on foot, there are excellent footpaths everywhere. Download the maps.me app with all the trails. You can also find here a good map and an excellent description walking route.

There are few stones over the city of Kalambaka which offer a great view of the city and the rocks. You can drive here by car N 39 42.347 E 21 36.918.

View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks
View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks Yuriy Buriak


View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks
View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks Yuriy Buriak


View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks
View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks Yuriy Buriak

Only from this point you can meet the sunrise, since the sun rises behind the rocks.

View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks
View of Kalambaka and Meteora rocks Yuriy Buriak

After the sunrise we went to the viewpoints on the upper road. There are few of them: here N 39 43.158 E 21 38.226 and here N 39 43.276 E 21 38.058. Sit there and watch how sun slowly illuminates the monasteries one by one.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak


Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

Here are also points for sunset, although we came a little bit late.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

Each monastery works on certain days and hours. Data on the Internet diverge, below is the information from the official website. Entrance fees are 3 euros (2018).

Great Meteoron Monastery (N 39 43.579 E 21 37.584)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 09:00 - 17:00, closed - Tuesday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:00 - 15:00, closed - Tuesday, Wednesday

Great Meteoron Monastery
Great Meteoron Monastery Yuriy Buriak


Great Meteoron Monastery
Great Meteoron Monastery Yuriy Buriak

Holy Trinity Monastery (N 39 42.792 E 21 38.152)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 09:00 - 17:00, closed - Thursday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:00 - 16:00, closed - Thursday

Holy Trinity Monastery
Holy Trinity Monastery Yuriy Buriak

Roussanou Monastery (N 39 43.293 E 21 37.914)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 09:00 - 17:00, closed - Wednesday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:00 - 14:00, closed - Wednesday

Roussanou Monastery
Roussanou Monastery Yuriy Buriak


Roussanou Monastery
Roussanou Monastery Yuriy Buriak

St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery (N 39 43.430 E 21 37.479)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 08:00 - 17:00, closed - Friday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:00 - 16:00, closed - Friday

St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery
St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery Yuriy Buriak

Varlaam Monastery (N 39 43.546 E 21 37.848)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 09:00 - 16:00, closed - Friday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:00 - 15:00, closed - Thursday, Friday

St. Stephen's Monastery (N 39 42.551 E 21 38.320)

Opening hours (summer 01/04 - 31/10): 09:00 - 13:30 and 15:30 - 17:30, closed - Monday
Opening hours (winter 01/11 - 31/03): 09:30 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17:00, closed - Monday

We did not plan to visit all the monasteries, so we chose one - the Varlaam Monastery. You can even skip the monasteries if you are not interested, this place is very beautiful also as a natural landmark. Don't forget that monasteries can not be visited with bare knees and shoulders. At the entrance you can take clothes and you can come with yours.

Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery Yuriy Buriak


Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery Yuriy Buriak


Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery Yuriy Buriak


Varlaam Monastery
Varlaam Monastery Yuriy Buriak

Since access to the monasteries is through a rather steep staircase, the monks use electric cable cars. Such locations of the monasteries allowed them to remain undisturbed by bandits.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries Yuriy Buriak

Next we went to the Holy Trinity Monastery. There is a small parking lot on the way N 39 42.898 E 21 38.378 which offers the best view of the monastery.

Holy Trinity Monastery
Holy Trinity Monastery Yuriy Buriak

Note that we spent very little time in Meteora. If you want to take a quiet walk and see all the interesting places, then it is better to come for 2 full days. Although you can visit all the monasteries in one day, but only with a car.

Getting there: The nearest airport Nea Anchialos National Airport is two hours away. In Athens buses leave from Terminal B on Liossion Street. Check the schedule of this bus company, it goes to Kalambaka from different cities of Greece. The easiest way to get to Kalambaka is by train from Athens Central Station - Larissa Station. Here you can find detailed information on how to get to Meteora.
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