Meteora Greece

In early May we set off on a road trip around central Greece…what an adventure.

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We drove aboard the overnight Minoan car ferry from Heraklion, Crete to Pireaus, the main port near Athens. Bright and early next morning  found us zooming up the excellent motorway on a four hour trip to odd peaks named Meteora. Our aim was to see the monasteries that ‘balance’ between heaven and earth.  For the Greek Orthodox faith, this Holy area is second only to Mount Athos.

After checking in to the Kastraki Hotel for two nights ‘Wow’ was a common term.

I’d pre booked a sunset tour and it proved to be an excellent way to see many of the monasteries perched atop the peaks.  Hard to believe the top of the rocky towers were once the bottom of a lake. Close up you can see they’re an aggregate of mud and rocks.

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Day Two – Meteora Hike

After a breakfast we set off on a guided hike, organised by Visit Meteora and we’re still congratulating ourselves for doing so…it was excellent. Prior to our visit email communication with this company was easy and on the tours the guides were informative, and enthusiastic. Most importantly for our hike, the guides knew hidden trails to take us weaving through woods allowing us to ascend the peaks without a strenuous vertical climb. In three different places we saw a tortoise ambling along the path – I had a pet tortoise for 55 years so I loved seeing them in the wild.

Like the previous evening, our schedule included one visit to a monastery, and for me this was enough, I preferred the natural overawing beauty.

The final stage was a walk down through woods to our waiting mini bus. Instead of heading back to Kastraki we stopped off in the nearby village of Kalambaka for lunch and then took a €5 taxi back to our hotel.

RICOH IMAGINGAfter a siesta I woke to see my husband on the balcony peering through his binoculars. He called out ‘There’s people up there, climbing Spindle Rock.’

 

 

He was right!!

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If you are planning a trip to Meteora and think I’ll be able to help you can use the contact form below.

After Meteora we set off for the Pindus Mountain… more of that in my next post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Meteora Greece”

  1. Blimey that trip to Meteora sounds brilliant, we’re not walkers but don’t mind an amble, is the trek for skilled walkers???
    Love resding about your trips out, so jealous 😍😍

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    1. Hi Wayne, it was certainly amazing. To be honest the walk (for people used to walking) wasn’t difficult. However, I wouldn’t like to do it in peak season. The guides made sure it wasn’t a slog and our group included an 8 year old and a 70 year old (my husband) all enjoying the day together.
      Thanks for commenting, it spurs me on. x

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  2. Yes,Yvonne…the first time I was there I was amazed, impressed, etc..etc..It’s a total different world with still some monks who live there to serve their God and serve the tourists to inform them about the history of this unbelievable surrounding with it’s monasteries on top of the naked rocks..

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  3. It has been my dream for many years,. And hopefully it is on my travel list. surely I will go there one day soon. Thank for sharing Kritsa.

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  4. Very nice post and beautiful photos.

    Meteora is a unique place and there is no similar in the rest of the world. Also, very nice you have been for a hike in that area.

    Greece has a beautiful mainland with stunning mountains, rivers, gorges etc that one can enjoy by hiking/trekking.

    In the following website you will find a hiking guide for Greece with many information and tips: https://olympusmountaineering.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/the-ultimate-guide-of-hiking-and-mountaineering-in-greece

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