Meteora, Greece | Magical Meteora

Sacha Meteora

By Sacha Bunnik

The magical landscape of Meteora is located approximately a 5 hour drive inland from Athens, the capital of Greece. Meteora is a collection of monasteries that were built on sandstone cliffs and mountain tops. They feel as though they have been suspended in the air, just floating above the fertile farm lands of the Thessaly plains.

Meteora Monasteries - Sacha Bunnik

The oldest of the monasteries date back to the 14th century and the whole area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its uniqueness and historic importance. At one stage there were as many as twenty monasteries here, but today only six remain intact and are still in use (four for men and two for women). Due to their unparalleled beauty, these working monasteries have also become a tourist attraction.

Meteora Monasteries - Sacha Bunnik

The Greek Government has built a scenic (and well kept) road that links each monastery, along with viewing areas that offer some of the best photo opportunities. That said, not all of the monasteries are easy to access from this scenic road; some are a little harder to reach, with access only by cable basket or by taking the stairs down one cliff and then back up another. Most supplies and visitors to these monasteries are transported by cable basket, which is not for the faint hearted as the basket runs along a cable suspended hundreds of metres above the ground!

Meteora Monasteries - Sacha Bunnik

 

During my visit to one of these monasteries, I had the opportunity to speak to an Australian nun from Perth who came to Meteora in the 1980’s as a 20 year old to find God and has never left. It was so interesting to hear from her first-hand what it was like to live in a monastery, such a different way of life and such dedication to religion.

Meteora Monasteries - Sacha Bunnik

The closest town to Meteora is the quaint city of Kalambaka, located at the foot of the rocky sandstone outcrops, giving it some amazing vistas of the monasteries perched high above. At night, some of these outcrops are lit up, to give the town a truly dramatic backdrop. Kalambaka has a very nice town centre which is well worth visiting, with lively restaurants at night offering a range of tasty local Greek cuisine.

We visit Meteora and Kalamaka on our 24-day Turkey & Greece tour. For more details, click here.

Meteora Monasteries - Sacha Bunnik

3 thoughts on “Meteora, Greece | Magical Meteora”

  1. maxine lange says:

    I would be interested in monastry trip and Greek Islands. I am a sole traveler but do not mind sharing room. If there is no extra charge for single traveler accomm. that would be ideal.

    1. Bunnik Tours says:

      Good morning Maxine,
      We visit the Meteora monasteries and include a 3-night Greek Island cruise on our 24 day Turkey & Greece small group tour. To view the most current prices and available departure dates you can visit the tours here:
      24 Turkey & Greece

      Please let us know if you would like any further info or to chat with one of our travel consultants.

  2. Anne james says:

    That is an awesome place ,away from the madding crowd,thanks for the. Most serene and spectacular view !

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