Meteora is maybe the most impressive natural and cultural attraction of continental Greece. Meteora is a group of mountains with a strange formation. On the top of the mountains there is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox Monasteries in Greece. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
1.Basic Piece of Information:
According to geologists, the pinnacles of Meteora were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Through constant erosions, corrosions and earthquakes the pinnacles have been shaped to their present form.
“Meteora” as a word relates etymologically to Meteorite and can be translated as “suspended in the air” or another interpretation is “in the middle of the sky”. Its name probably originates from the monasteries on the top of the mountains. Those monasteries were built around a millennium ago. During that period of time the technology was poor to support such constructions, so those monasteries on the precipitous mountains seemed to be fallen from heaven or suspended in the air.
From Athens you can get there by train, bus or car. It is approximately a 4-5 hour trip.
3. Where to stay:
As none is allowed to stay in the monasteries, the nearest options are either the village Kastri or the town Kalabaka. Kastri is a beautiful and picturesque village on the roots of the mountains, but it is small village with very limited options in terms of coffee and bars. Kalabaka is a small town consisting with indifferent buildings. However, it is way cheaper to stay there instead of Kastri.
4. What you can do:
Firstly, you can hike some of the mountains. Secondly, a visit to a Greek-orthodox church. Last but not least, don’t miss the opportunity if you are a fun of extreme sports you will find of sure something of your liking there.