Meteora, Kalambaka

Meteora, Kalambaka

Things to do - general

Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon.

A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony and, thus, to support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation.

Meteora is a truly inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this trip is much more than merely visiting an exquisite landscape. It is a pilgrimage to a holy place for all Christians around the world. Meteora has become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed.

The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka, at a maximum height of 400 m (1200 ft). The most interesting summits are decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24. Mostly dating to the 14th and until the 16th century, these monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. Once united, these monks took months and years to carry the construction material to the top of rocks, using ropes, folding ladders, nets and baskets, and with much determination.

They then proceeded to build monasteries that deserve everybody’s awe. The monasteries had no access to electricity and water until recently and the monks and nuns have been long trained in obtaining efficiency. Visit the monasteries, even if your interests are not deeply religious. It is the only way to enrich your feelings of spirituality that this area already exudes, no matter how long or brief your sojourn in our beautiful land.

*The entrance fee for all monasteries is 3 Euro per person. Before you visit any of the monasteries, please check out the section of our website related to photos,videos and dress code.

Country Meteora, Kalambaka, Greece
Languages spokenGreek
Currency usedEuro (EUR)

Sports & nature

The Climate of Meteora and Kalampaka Region

The mountain range to the east and north of the site experiences a wide climatic variation from baking heat in summer to severe cold in winter with heavy snowfalls. Summer is the driest time, storms occurring all year round especially at higher altitudes.

Vegetation

The area includes forested hills and river valley with riverine forests of Platanus orientalis and species such as the endemic Centaura lactifolia (found near Koniskos village) and Centaurea kalambakensi. The nearest protected area is Trikala Aesthetic Forest(28ha), created in 1979, which has been planted with Pinus halepensis and Cupressus sempervivens. The potential vegetation cover is described as supra-Mediterranean, with climax cover of Quercus spp. And Ostrya spp. And beech Fagus sylvatica forest above 700m.

Fauna

Mammals include grey wolf Canis lupus (V) and otter Lutra lutra. The region was famed in the 1970s for its raptor population, with four vulture species, lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, black Aegypius monachus, Griffon Gyps fulvus and Egyptian Neophron peranopterus; four eagle species, golden Aquila chrysaetos, short-toed Circaetus gallicus, booted Hieraeetus pennatus and Bonelli's Hieraeetus fasciatus and breeding lanner falcons Falco biarmicus. Other birds include rock and cliff haunting species, such as alpine swift Apus melba, crag martin Hirundo rupestris and red-rumped swallow Hirundo daurica. Somber tit Parus lugubris occurs in the valley. The area remains of importance for birds of prey, with breeding species of honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, black kite Milvus migrans (ten pairs), Egyptian vulture (with 50 pairs the largest population in Greece, but declining), short-toed eagle (five pairs), Levant sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes, lesser-spotted eagle Aquila pomarina (one pair), booted eagle (three to five pairs), Bonelli's eagle (one pair) and peregrine falcon. In addition, black stork Ciconia nigra breed (two pairs) and roller Coracius garrulus (ten pairs) are found (Grimmet and Jones, 1989).

Divani Meteora hotel

Divani Meteora hotel

Divani Meteora, 42200 Kalambaka - Greece, Meteora, Kalambaka
As one of the Divani Collection luxury hotels in Greece, Divani Meteora hotel offers guests the oppo More info
Classical Tour of Greece with bus

Classical Tour of Greece with bus

Hydra, Poros & Aegina islands, Olympia, Peloponese, Delphi, Arachova, Loutraki, Corinth, Athens, Meteora, Kalambaka
Tour Grecia Classica in pullman; arrivo con traghetto a Igoumenitsa e rientro da Patrasso. Tour Mete More info
HELICOPTER - Day Trip from ATHENS - Superior Air

HELICOPTER - Day Trip from ATHENS - Superior Air

Olympia, Peloponese, Athens, Meteora, Kalambaka
During the summer period, Superior Air has 3 helicopters based in Athens International Airport. This More info
Tour Grecia Classica con nave da Ancona

Tour Grecia Classica con nave da Ancona

Olympia, Peloponese, Delphi, Arachova, Loutraki, Corinth, Athens, Meteora, Kalambaka
1° giorno: ANCONA Partenza del tour della Grecia Classica da Ancona con nave Minoan Lines per la Gre More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.