Visit Meteora Greece: Your Guide to a Stunning Historical Trek

Visit Meteora Greece: Your Guide to a Stunning Historical Trek

Discover Meteora, the wonder of Greece!

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-visit destination for lovers of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Located in central Greece, Meteora is famous for its monasteries perched on enormous rocks, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

During my 3-month road trip in the Balkans, I had the opportunity to visit this place which turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences of my trip in Greece. In this guide, I reveal everything you need to know to plan your own adventure in Meteora.

What to do and see in Kalambaka?

Visit the monasteries of Meteora

Among the six still-active monasteries, be sure to visit:

  • Monastery of the Great Meteoron (Méga Metéoron): the largest and oldest one
  • Monastery of Varlaam: famous for its frescoes and church dedicated to the saints
  • Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Agia Triada): famous for its spectacular views and appearance in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

To avoid crowds, visit the monasteries of Meteora early in the morning. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing: shoulders and knees must be covered.

Visiting Meteora on foot

Enjoy picturesque hiking trails to explore the rocks, monasteries, and panoramic views of Meteora. Popular trails include:

  • Holy Trinity Trail
  • Kalambaka to Kastraki Trail

The duration of exploring Meteora on foot depends on the itinerary. In general, it is possible to visit the main monasteries in one or two days. A typical guided hike lasts about 4 hours, with moderately difficult stairs and rocky paths. The trails are well-maintained and suitable for all levels of hikers.

Rock Climbing in Meteora

The place is a paradise for climbers, offering routes suitable for all levels. The rock formations provide a unique setting for climbing, with panoramic views of the monasteries. Remember to check local regulations regarding climbing and to respect the protected areas.

Where to eat? The best restaurants near Meteora

Don't miss the chance to taste Greek cuisine during your stay in Meteora in the small town of Kalambaka and the village of Kastraki!

In Kalambaka

  • Meteora Restaurant: traditional Greek cuisine with stunning views
  • Taverna Gardenia: for meat lovers and local dishes
  • Panellinio: for vegetarians and vegans

In the village of Kastraki

  • Taverna Paradisos: for an authentic meal in a welcoming and warm setting
  • To Kanoni: a charming tavern offering local specialties

Greek dishes and specialties

Enjoy mezzes, assortments of small plates to share, with tzatziki, tarama, olives, and feta cheese. Also, try moussaka, a delicious dish of eggplant, minced meat, and béchamel, as well as tasty skewers of grilled meat, souvlakis.

Finish your meal beautifully with a slice of galaktoboureko, a layered pastry filled with creamy lemon and drizzled with sweet syrup, for a typically Greek culinary experience.

Where to stay in Kalambaka?

If you want to fully enjoy your visit, it is essential to find comfortable and convenient accommodation for your stay. Here is a list of the best places to stay near Meteora:

Budget (Backpackers)

  • The Holy Rock Hostel: dorms starting from €15/night
  • Meteora Centrale Hostel: dorms starting from €19/night


  • Spartacus House: rooms starting from €30/night
  • Zoras Rooms (Kastraki): rooms starting from €40/night


  • Divani Meteora Hotel: rooms starting from €120/night
  • Dellas Boutique Hotel (Kastraki): rooms starting from €80/night

When to visit Meteora and travel to Greece?

For a trip to Meteora, the best months depend on your preferences. May, June, and September are ideal if you want to avoid crowds. July and August are more crowded but offer sunshine and liveliness.

If you are looking for a cooler climate and a quieter atmosphere, opt for October to April. However, some tourist facilities may be closed off-season.

How to get to Meteora (Kalambaka)

  • By plane: The nearest airport is Thessaloniki (SKG). From there, you can take a train or bus to Kalambaka.
  • By train: Regular rail connections link Athens and Thessaloniki to Kalambaka.
  • By bus: Frequent buses depart from Athens and Thessaloniki to Kalambaka.

Getting around in Kalambaka

  • On foot: The distances between the monasteries are short, and hiking trails are an excellent option for getting around.
  • By car: Car rental is a convenient option for exploring Meteora and its surroundings at your own pace.
  • By tourist bus: Buses regularly circulate between Kalambaka, Kastraki, and the monasteries.

Budget and Prices for a Trip to Greece

  • Backpacker: Expect a budget of around 30-50€ per day for hostels, cheap meals, and monastery visits.
  • Comfort: With a budget of 50-100€ per day, you can enjoy mid-range accommodation, meals at local restaurants, and additional activities.
  • Luxury: For a high-end trip, plan a budget of 150-200€ per day, including luxury accommodation, gourmet meals, and private guided tours.

Safety in Meteora

This destination is generally considered safe for travelers. However, as with any trip, it is important to take basic precautions to ensure your safety:

  • Keep an eye on your belongings in areas frequented by tourists and on public transportation.
  • Keep your valuables and important documents in a safe place.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and slippery surfaces when visiting monasteries and hiking trails.
  • Follow safety rules when engaging in outdoor activities such as climbing.

A Jewel of Greece to Discover

This complete guide to Meteora is your gateway to an enchanting destination where history, culture, and spectacular landscapes come together. From hiking to exploring historical sites, you'll be amazed at every turn. Get ready for a unique and memorable travel experience at Meteora!

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