Meteora

Description:

Traveling across the Plain of Thessaly, we will find the monasteries of Meteora. These monasteries not only give us a glimpse into the ancient monastic life of the Orthodox Church, but also have one of the most breathtaking locations in Greece. Over millions of years the wind has carved out great sandstone columns that overlook the plain and, in around the 11th century AD, people began to gather here to seek a spiritual life. They built their monasteries on the tops of these columns, both for safety and for the isolation they provided. In the past the monasteries were often only accessible by a rope ladder, which the monks could draw up if they were threatened and this way they were protected from the Turkish invaders that were slowly taking over the Byzantine Empire. We will visit the Monastery of Agios Stefanos (or another), perched on a towering pinnacle of rock; thankfully it is the easiest of the monasteries to reach, being accessible from a small bridge. It is known for its beautiful Katholikon (Cathedral) dedicated to St. Charalambos and contains his relics, however this is only open to the public on the two days of the year when the monastery has feasts to the saints.

How to get to Meteora from Athens international airport, El. Venizelos:

1) With the bus X93 (price €5,5 a person) to bus station K.T.E.L. LIOSION for more information click here,
then take the intercity bus to KALABAKA-METEORA (price €29,00 a person) for more information click here.

2) With the metro (price €9,00 a person) to train station LARISIS (ATHENS) for more information click here,
then take the train to KALABAKA, METEORA (price €36,00 a person) for more information click here.

Or

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Taverna Efrosino

Original Greek traditional home made food. Somewhere where a local would eat.

Taverna Gardenia

One of the best choices for food in Kastraki. With an amazing view of Meteora.

Taverna bakaliarakia

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