Daily excursion to Central Greece and the beautiful city of Kalampaka, gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, an impressive field of rock formations with a complex of centuries-old Orthodox monasteries nesting on top of them.
The tour starts with early morning pickup from the hotel, heading straight for the city of Kalampaka. Built on the bank of the river Pinios, the city marks the limit where the vast Thessaly Plain meets the Pindos mountain range.
Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Greece, it is famous for the enormous boulders that stand tall all over the area. They are called Meteora, which literally translates as “hovering”, and their name reflects the way six very old orthodox monasteries nest on top of the giant natural pillars.
Although their history fades into the early Christian years, it is believed that the first settlers of Meteora were hermit monks, living in caves that are abundant in the area. Sometime around 14th century AD the first of the six Eastern Orthodox Christian monasteries was built, naturally protected atop the high rocks and accessible by ropes and ladders that only the monks could deploy.
Today a paved road slithers among the rocks, allowing us to visit safely and effortlessly the Meteora Monasteries after just a few minutes’ drive from Kalampaka.
The whole Meteora area is a year-long popular tourist attraction thanks to the otherworldly spectacle of the enormous standing rocks and the old monasteries that were masterfully hand-built up centuries ago. It is exactly the historical uniqueness of this place that prompted UNESCO to include Meteora to the list of World Heritage Sites.
Be it for its majestic, unspoiled nature, or the spiritual treat of what is considered to be the second most important group of Orthodox monasteries after Mount Athos, Meteora is also renowned as a climbing hotspot, offering an endless field of natural rock formations with varying degrees of difficulty.
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