The geological phenomenon of Meteora constitutes a global attraction. Since 1988 Meteora is included in the list of Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The area between Meteora and Antichasia is declared ecological zone Natura 2000. The gigantic rocks of Meteora rise imposingly in height of 400 meters above the town of Kalabaka. The main prevailing theory is that they were created by an earthquake over thirty million years ago. Even though many Greek and foreign geologists have dealt, their creation conditions have not been clarified.
Nevertheless, the prevailing theory so far is the one of German Geologist Al. Philipson, stating that they were created by a great mass of of river stones, sand and mud, creating a cone. At the time, the waters were poured over the Aegean sea and the mass was eroded. After that, various natural phenomena such as earthquakes, wind and rain sculpted the rocks and gave them their final shape.
Meteora is located in the NorthWestern part of Trikala city and specifically, rising above the town of Kalabaka. It’s a destination for all those wanting to explore the natural scenery, visit the monasteries and, of course, climbers from around the world. This unique geological phenomenon has created one of the most beautiful areas for climbers. There are trails that satisfy athletes of every level, from beginners to the most experienced. Have other activities in the area, such as hiking and biking.
At the tops of the rocks, the famous monasteries of Meteora are built, and they constitute the largest monastic state of Greece, after Mount Athos. The first hermits arrived at the rocks of Meteora around 1100a.C. and until 1500a.C. there were founded 24 monasteries. Today, only six of themstill host monks and the rest 15 are uninhabitated and deserted. The monasteries are presented here, in details.
Accomodation in Meteora
Concerning your staying, you have a variety of options that include hotels of all categories, guest houses and camping. Both cities, Kalabaka and Kastraki, offer magnificent views to the rocks of Meteora. Book now at the best prices!
Other nearby destinations are the cave and rock climbing area of Theopetra, the canyon of Mouzaki and the villages of the mountain range of mount Koziakas (such as Elati, Pertouli, Neraidochori).
How to Get at Meteora
Meteora are 20 km from the city of Trikala following the National Road Trikala-Ioannina, towards the town of Kalabaka, 364 km from Athens and 255 km from Thessaloniki. The options for your access to the monasteries are two. You can either turn right from the entrance of Kalabaka or continue to the village of Kastraki.