Meteora is one of the most suggestive places we’ve ever visited!
Is a remote and mystical place on the mountains of Greece with some monasteries built on the rock pinnacles.
“Meteora” literally means “suspended in the air” and it is considered a rare geological phenomenon.
How to get to Meteora
We took a direct flight to Thessaloniki (you can also fly to Athens instead) then we took a bus from Thessaloniki bus station to Kalambaka (which is one of the closest town to Meteora). It takes 3 hours. You can also hire a car instead if you prefer.
What to see and do
This incredible, spiritual, magical, mystical landscape itself is worth the trip , anyway you can make some hiking and visit the 6 monasteries.
You can check timetable here
There is a 2 euro fee to enter each of the monasteries and proper attire is required. Women must wear skirts below the knees (they are provided at the entrance). Pictures inside the monasteries are not allowed!
If you have enough time you can also try something different like we did and go rock climbing! You don’t need to have any experience, you’ll be with an expert guide so don’t be afraid to try!
Also don’t forget to catch the sunsets from more than one spot!!
I won’t lie, not every spot feel safe.. you’ll have to climb or jump from rock to rock and I was scared much of the time but..
I overcame fear with the help of Matteo and we witnessed some real magic.
Exploring Meteora is very easy.
If you choose to go for a rental car, you have the possibility of visiting each single monastery in Meteora by driving along the main road but we would recommend you to rent a scooter as we did (weather permitting) so you don’t have to stress out finding a parking space ( at peak seasons the road can be very busy).
- Use the buses: every day, there are 3 different buses which connect Kalambaka to the Great Meteoron Monastery.
- Ride a bike or walk: if you’re a veeery sporty person you could opt for these options
- Take a taxi: the costs can vary (form 10 to 20 euro each way)
Where to sleep
There are two main towns where to sleep : Kalambaka and Kastraki.
We choose to book an apartment via Airbnb
Where to eat
- have lunch in any panoramic restaurant! They’re a bit touristic but the view is worth the higher price
- eat in a greek tavern to experience local food
Hope this little travel guide was helpful! For any other question, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us
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