Meteora. A part of Classical Route of Greece
Meteora are located in Thessaly, actually between Epirus and Thessaly. There are considered as a natural miracle, but the are also cultural heritage monuments.
Actually Meteora are rocks, geologically born millions of years ago, as a former delta at the edge of a lake. The view and the sight is more than spectacular, making it the most famous place to visit while in Greece, if you are not just for Aegean or Ionian island visit.
People stayed there in caves, like the famous Theopetra cave, just 3 kilometers south of Kalabaka. Meteora actually means “these rocks that look like being on air”. Kalabaka is a main tourist place, since people who want to go to Meteora pass from the city, which is also connected to train network of OSE. Each year about 2 million tourists get there.
The second most important monastery complex, after Athos of course. If you can’t to feel a bit more spiritual and explore natural beauty, especially close to mountain and “rocks”, Meteora is the place to be. Since 1988 the place is UNESCO protected. The average altitude is 313 meters.
Just 3-4 hours from Orthodox Athens, Meteora combine the classical Greek Orthodox monastery, with a cosmopolitan character, applied to the millions of visitors that get there. So, don’t be surprised if monks don’t look like regular ones, but are really comfortable with foreigners. Orthodox monks first settled there at the 14th century. Today 6 monasteries are open to the pubic.
Accessibility and activities
100 hundred years ago, the communication took place with primitive methods, such as ropes, ladders and hooks. Nowadays the situation is quite different, so the rocks are far more easily accessible. Moreover, there is a complete destination management today, where the visitor can really find activities and experience the area as it should.