Land of geological and spiritual wonders
Be it emotionally, geologically or spiritually, Meteora is a stunning place to visit and a world heritage site. It’s monasteries, gems of religious but also architectural importance, lie perched atop imposing rock formations that look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The “Megalo Monastiri” or Grand Monastery is perhaps the most famous of all, but many others are equally impressive and the views from them are spellbinding. A lesser-known monastery is Agios Stefanos, which offers more peaceful time out for spiritual reflection, especially if you are heading there as part of a religious tour. Check out the 13th century monastery of Agia Triada which featured in a James Bond movie or climb up the 195 steps to the beautiful Varlaam Monastery. Guided tours are a great way to discover the monasteries, keeping in mind that the sunsets from there are also magical.
Beyond the monasteries, Meteora is an excellent area for hiking, especially on mild days. You can stay in the picturesque village of Kalambaka and enjoy the local gastronomy, as well as the café culture with a view to the gorgeous nature around. Do make a point to visit the Natural History Museum of Meteora and Mushroom Museum which are housed together.