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Meteora, Kastraki

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Meteora, roughly translated as "suspended in the air," serves as one of the largest and historically most significant Eastern Orthodox monastery complexes in Greece, inscribed on the World Heritage List. The complex consists of a group of monasteries reachable only by narrow staircases painstakingly cut into steep sandstone cliffs. Orthodox monks settled in this region in the 11th century, originally building 24 monasteries, six of which remain intact. Each monastery possesses an important collection of precious sacred manuscripts and medieval frescoes, representing some of the finest examples of post-Byzantine painting. Wear shoes suitable for rugged terrain. Also take note to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders when entering the monasteries. Our Kalambaka itinerary builder makes visiting Meteora and other Kalambaka attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • One wonders how these monasteries were able to shop at the top of these rock formations so special. The set is beautiful. They will cost you 3 to each monastery to visit. The most impressive are those of the large meteors and vaarlam. Beware, in summer the tourist buses flock and pollute a little sites. It's also extremely hot, in the morning.
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  • This is the third trip to Meteora. We came again because other family members had not been. Again it's amazing - still is so incredible. Monasteries suspended in the air on monolithic pillars. Life th...  more »
  • A spectacle of nature that always leave amazed. dare I say more than the monasteries itself (nothing spectacular architecturally, the finest interior decorations) is the setting to hit and the panoramic together. Despite the high temperatures the altitude gives a breeze that helps to overcome the hardships of the ascent is well worth the trip.
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  • Most naturally impressive and awe-inspiring places in the world that I have been to. You will leave a better person. :)
  • It is a wonderful place, with otherworldly rocks who seem to have fallen from the sky, with monasteries built on top. The 6 remaining are each unique in its way (one is more authentic, another has a museum, ...)
  • At first sight, I fell in love with these imposing rock masterpieces. Add the monasteries perched atop here and there and it was magical. I want to go back and spend more time there just taking it all in.
  • I read about this monastery in The Lost Throne written by Chris Kuzneski. On visiting I was really thrilled that my imagination came alive. Loved the interiors, atmosphere and the breeze.
  • Highly recommend to visit. I felt myself great here. The beauty of this place cannot be described in words. If you want to visit without haste and excursions you can take a local bus, get to Kalambaka. There is a public bus during the tourist season to Grand Meteora (Monastery of the Transfiguration). A taxi drive at any time of the year cost about 15-20 euros. It is so peaceful and quiet if you arrive after 2-3 p.m.! I walked back by foot - recommend! If you have time you can stay in a hotel nearby. In this case you will have an opportunity to visit the nearby monasteries.

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Where to stay in Kalambaka

Although it appears as a sleepy town nestled against a landscape of rugged cliffs, Kalambaka boasts over 30 hotels offering traditional Greek hospitality and modern amenities. Spacious rooms with views of the surrounding countryside come with secure parking, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. For something a bit more atmospheric, consider staying at one of the local guesthouses, which offer simply furnished but comfortable rooms and quick access to the region's world-famous monastic complex.
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