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Meteora, Kastraki
(4.9/5 based on 3,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The long road is forgotten when you see this wonder of nature and the monument of human strength. The Meteor from afar is impressive. On site just don't believe what you see with their own eyes. All of the knowledge of physics, geography, history may not explain that here, and how long ago it happened. From the city to one of the monasteries leading path in the mountains. Enough wildlife, and desire to go on the trail up. In the monastery, tourists can go into any open space. On a platform above the spirit quite captures. Very nice and much appreciated. The more questions arise-how people could build all this at such an altitude without helicopters. Went to the car, drove a lot of interesting places, climb to the top, which crosses the city. Take the car out and drive there for sure. Only two times pay the toll road (good) and one times zapravljaetes'. The cost of such an impression. Excursions by bus here dear.
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  • Had a great experience, especially the great monastery (most western) was amazing inside. Great views overall. So mind the time table and closed days per venue. 
  • Went and several times with family and friends, and impressions always-breathtaking. Steep turns, then on a wooden bridge to pass at high altitude, that's all. Highly recommend!
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  • Pictures of Meteora are beautiful but honestly they don't do it justice; Meteora is breathtakingly beautiful both for its natural geography and for the ancient monasteries. Be sure to stay long enough to visit some of the monasteries during the day (entrance fee charged and appropriate dress required-but they have loaners) and for the incredible sunset at night.
  • These monasteries are just incredible. The Great Meteoron Monastery has grown enough to house all of its monks and also to serve as a museum. For 3€ you can visit half of the building, 3 or 4 exhibitions inside and wander around the outside patios to be amazed by breathtaking views.
  • One of the worst place I've visited in Europe: - ridiculously crowded - it's all a business (nuns TURN OFF VOTIVE CANDLES to make other people use them again and economize!!.... no words...) - u have to pay 3 euro for person for each montastery to see almost nothing... (the church and a room or 2) - no need of long clothes, they prepared skirts and everything to get as much turists as possible.. - they open at "9.00" but u can enter way before, but if there is a micro-museum indoors u can be sure it doesn't open at 9.00!! (at 9.30 was still closed!) - we went to the bigger monastery and, only when we reached the top, we discovered that it was closed all the morning cause of a mass!! not even a sign of that!.. - the only worth thing is the landscape
  • Amazing views and architecture. You need to be dressed properly to visit monastery, but there is option to tent special cover for men and women. If you have in plans to visit Greece - keep this place as must see.
  • One of the top attractions of Greece. Unique landscape of huge sandstone rocks towering over the plain, with monasteries (initially inaccessible) on top of them. Great opportunity for beautiful photographs. Allow a few hours to visit this place. Highly recommended.