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September 2016 – Meteora, Greece
We were coming back home to Romania from a 2-weeks road trip to Greece, and the final stop at Meteora was a must-see on the map.
Ok, seeing the place before in pictures is one thing…but wait until you get there.
It’s one of those feelings that the earth was playing games with the sky. Giant rock fingers rise above the ground, right in the middle of a plain field!
A little bit of History:
Actually the whole place was a delta, formed millions of years ago. The conglomerate formed of mud, sand and pebbles kept getting bigger and bigger over thousands of years, until the lake dried and a tectonic plate movement raised the ground surface. Then… the nature followed its course. So what you see today is a result of wind and water erosion on these giant formations!
To escape from everyday life and find peace, monks built here their sanctuaries to God, starting from the 14th century; 6 out of 24 monasteries can be visited today.
You can find a lot of places to stay in Kalambaka or Kastraki, 2 little villages nearby. The place we stayed at and the food were pretty decent, but we came for the adventure, right?
And the morning view. Oh, that breathtaking view…
Maybe you can visit all the monasteries in one day, if you are ready for a steps-climbing marathon.
Get ready to walk !
Of course, you can get pretty close to each of the monasteries by car, but you cannot avoid the STEPS: hundreds of them.
We only had one day here, so we went to the Great Meteoron (meteoro = suspended in the air), the biggest and oldest one of all. The second one by size is Varlaam. Here you can visit the old tower where the monks used a net(!) to climb the huge rock.
The rest of the day we went wandering the village by foot.
After so much climbing, a regular walk felt almost refreshing.
The next day we were finally ready to get home, bearing in our hearts another proof of nature’s greatness and man’s desire to conquer it.
- The easiest way to get here and explore the area is by car/scooter;
- Wake up early in the morning to avoid crowds;
- Prepare 3 euros/person for each monastery visit;
- Girls have to wear a skirt inside the monastery, but they provide you with one at the entrance.
Happy travels and stay safe!