From the moment I stumbled across Meteora photos I knew it’s one of the places to visit in Greece I really have to see! The name of the place, Meteora, literally means “suspended in the air” and this term couldn’t be any more accurate. The monasteries – the oldest one dating back to 15th century – are built on high rock pillars that make the whole place look kind of abstract and surreal. Not to mention incredible beautiful!
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Arriving to Meteora, Greece
It was late afternoon when I arrived to Meteora and from the moment I steped out of the train the scenery amazed me. Sleepy town was in shadow of breathtaking rocks that dominated the landscape. Fortunately my accomodation was not in the town of Kalabaka but in the village even closer to the monasteries. It was perfectly calm and quiet, the sun was shining, it was the beginning of spring time and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to relax after the hustle and bustle of Athens. I walked around a little bit, not meeting many people on my way and falling for the place more and more.
Self guided tour around monasteries in Meteora
The next morning I set off to see the monasteries. I heard many terrible stories about the twisting road leading to them but the hike up there was pretty fine, much easier than I expected. After each turn the scenery was getting better and better and I almost felt like pinching myself, it was hard to believe this place is real. When I saw the first monastery, of St. Nicholas Anapausas, I was standing in awe with my mouth open – it was a truly breathtaking sight and the building was literally suspended in the air. But the best was still to come – each monastery I’ve seen was better than the previous one and looking at the left me speachless!
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Unfortunately I didn’t visit any of them. I know, it’s a big mistake and I didn’t have a full experience as I’ve seen on Meteora photos. But the monasteries were either closed for the day / for renovations or full of school groups running around and screaming. I didn’t want the kids to ruin my perception of the place as I found it really spiritual, with an elevated vibe. Instead I spent quite much time just siting at the nearby rocks and staring at the incredible landscape and beautiful monasteries. It was just the beginning of spring, the day was warm and sunny and together with the scenery the day couldn’t be any more perfect…
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