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. Plan your Meteora visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kalambaka using our Kalambaka day trip planner .
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  • August 17, 2017
    We visited The Monestary and the Holy Trinity a very hot day in august. The reason why it was just this monastery, is that James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" among other spots were filmed here. That it was the most inaccessible place to visit was then just a small detail. It says on the website that there are 140 steps, but there is a hard climb on the way back, to be speeded up. This monastery is not suitable for mobility-impaired-but definitely worth. We ran the approximately 200 from Parga, and instead of selecting the GPS set course through Kalabaka, we turned left towards Kastraki. On the way we pass by several of the monasteries came and got a fantastic trip through the whole of Meteora. Remember: There is closed on Thursdays.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We were running even in the rented car, a drive of about 3 hours from Parga, mixed driving on the highway and mountain drive, but a great trip with many beautiful views. When you get up there, there is total chaos of cars and buses trying to get both up and down. We kept further down the road and walked the final stretch up. It's a fantastic sight and a very special experience, it looks almost completely "wrong" in addition, these huge formations in the middle of the mountains, all in one place! A truly unique experience. We would have visited the dragon Cave, however, was that the show was closed, there was not really some who knew something. Was that we went down there (it was manifest in the bottom of the ravine), we should be careful and be cautious, so we dropped it.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We visited 3 of the monasteries while at the site. The Great Meteora was amazing!! I also recommend to walk from St. Vaartan's down to the lower viewing area. It is quite the trail and views. Take pic...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Most naturally impressive and awe-inspiring places in the world that I have been to. You will leave a better person. :)
  • June 2, 2017
    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, ...)
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • May 24, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    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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