Meteora is a mythical place known for its gigantic boulders and historical monasteries that sit atop them. It’s only 4 hours north of Athens by train, and definitely worth the visit. If you plan to come, I recommend staying in either Kastraki or Kalambaka, the nearby towns, which both have multiple accommodations to choose from. To see the monasteries, I recommend renting a scooter and just driving along the single road which takes you to all the different monasteries. It’s a great ride with beautiful views along the way. These are a few photos I took during my visit that will hopefully convince you to visit!
This is St. Stephen’s Monastery, the most accessible one, where you don’t need to climb a bunch of steps to reach, unlike the others. You can enter each of the six different monasteries for 3 euros each. Each of these monasteries are open on all but one day of the week, each closed on a different day so you can see at least five of the six monasteries regardless of which day you visit.
This is the Roussanou Monastery, named after the first monk who settled here. Founded at the end of the 16th century, this monastery is the lowest in elevation compared to the rest of the monasteries.
Here is Varlaam Monastery, the second biggest one, founded in the 14th century by Hosios Varlaam. It’s located right by the Great Meteoron Monastery, which is where I took this photo.
This is the Monastery of Holy Trinity, the most difficult to reach, with a very steep ascent. However, once you get to the top, the panoramic views are incredible.
Beautiful giant boulders in Meteora. The views of these were breathtaking, these pictures just don’t do them justice!
Another photo of Roussanou Monastery from behind. Notice truly how enormous these boulders are. It’s incredible how these monks were so determined to build these monasteries all the way on top of these rocks. It must have taken so much effort to carry all the tools and supplies, and must have been so risky to build these buildings!
This is the town of Kastraki, closest to the roads that lead to the monasteries. This is where I stayed, and I took this photo on the first night during the sunset. It’s a small nice town, with a few restaurants, shops, and a playground where the locals were gathered at in the evening.
A fluffy cat taking in the breathtaking views. Lucky for her, she lives right there in Meteora and gets to enjoy seeing this every single day!
My girlfriend admiring the view as well! She loved Meteora just as much as I did!
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