With its sun-dappled alpine landscape, laid-back lochs, and underrated archaeology, Meteora in Greece offers something a little bit different.
Where else can you saunter through eminent monasteries, venture into south-facing slopes of the Andikhasia, and rock climb through steep stones to take in a panoramic view of the UNESCO-heritage destination?
So bring your curiosity, suit up your walking gear, and get ready to explore a region of raw and untamed beauty. Here’s our Top 10 guide to some of the very best experiences you can enjoy in Meteora.
Hike (or bike) through abandoned monasteries
If you’re taking a trip to the “stone forest” of Meteora, look out for the Greek orthodox monasteries perched on top of steep rock formations. Located a few kilometers from the northwestern town of Kalabaka, there are six active institutions that host a small number of nuns and monks residing in and around Meteora. Begin your journey at the foothills of the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, which is the oldest and largest of them all, and travel all the way to Holy Trinity. The terrain can be steep, and you can walk on foot or take one of the scenic, winding paths by bike.
Go truffle hunting in Kalambaka
As a part of the tour, you will learn about the different varieties of truffles, their seasonal allure, and how trained truffle dogs help locals find this expensive gourmet fungus. At the end of the tour, you will be treated to a local pasta dish using all the ingredients you picked.
Take the Via Cordata to the Great Saint
Just around the corner of Kastraki, just a few blocks away from the Great Saint tower area, is a route that takes you to the highest point in Meteora. The trail is only accessible by the “Via Cordata”, which involves vertical and horizontal climbing secured by a rope around your waist. This particular technique is how you can get on top of the tallest rock for panoramic views of Meteora and Kalampaka, almost 400 meters above the ground. Your guide will bring tea and snacks to enjoy with the view followed by a picnic lunch to savor after the climb.
Dust off your boots for a spot of horse riding
Near the country roads of Kalambaka, in the tiny hamlet of Kastania, Outdoor activities dominate the itinerary, including mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, and most popular, horse-riding trips around the valley. There are a dozen horses on-site. Children and young are often accompanied by a trainer on hour-long trips from the camp while experienced riders can hop on neighboring trails by themselves for exploration. The unique allure of this experience is the scenic backwoods offering uncompromising views of Meteora’s cliffs and monasteries.
Meteora is located in the middle of Greece. Getting there is easiest from Athens. you can hire care. Alternatively, join an organized tour.