Meteora, Greece is Just as Magical as it Looks

The Roussanou Monastery on a cliff surrounded by trees and giant rocks in Meteora in Greece
[The Roussanou Monastery]

This’ll be my last Greece post…BUT OH MAN you should 10000000% go to Meteora if you’re in Greece.

I don’t care how out of the way it is for you (It’s about a 5 hour bus/train ride from Athens), or how little time you have – YOU. NEED. TO. GO. Like stop what you’re doing right now, buy a ticket to Greece, and go to Meteora. Then probably an island, because it wouldn’t be a trip to Greece without going to one.

Okay, actually, maybe read this guide first – THEN buy your ticket.

Trikala Rooftops at dusk near Meteora in Greece
[View from a random stroll in Trikala]
Building in Trikala covered in graffiti near Meteora
[Another interesting thing about Trikala (and Athens, too), was the amount of graffiti. Can anyone enlighten me about it?]
As far as where to stay, we stayed in Trikala instead of Kalamabaka. It’s a lot more expensive to stay in Kalambaka, and more touristy. Trikala is more local, and only a cheap 20-30 minute bus ride away! We stayed in this Hostel (Hostel Meteora) for only about 10 euro a night, and I thought it was really nice.

It takes another 30 mins to walk from the bus stop in Kalambaka to Meteora, and you can just follow the signs. We definitely did A LOT of walking, and were both exhausted when the day was over – we’d planned to stay for sunset and watch it but then the weather started to turn (yes, there are thunderstorms in the summer there), and we were both pretty dead. So I think we headed back around 4 or so.

Monastery on a cliff above a road and trees at Meteora in Greece

Monastery on a cliff above a road and trees at Meteora in Greece

Meteora is hands down one of the coolest places I’ve ever been.

Basically, during the 14th century, a monk brought his followers to Meteora where a group of hermits were living. The monks ended up employing the hermits to teach them to climb the gigantic mountains, and built the Great Meteoran Monastery.

Later, more monks escaped persecution by fleeing to Meteora, and erected more monasteries to reside in. They built over 24, but today only 6 remain. For more information on each individual monastery, go here.

Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece

Roussanou Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece above trees and giant rocks
[Closer view of The Roussanou Monastery]
At first, my friend Andrew wasn’t too impressed and I was worried I’d made the wrong decision (especially because we’d only met 2 days ago).

BUT THEN. We saw the first Monastery and it was like, OMG. So freaking beautiful and awe inspiring and amazing and just holy moly mackerel.

Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece above trees, giant rocks, and the valley below

Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece

The monasteries cost €3 to go into, and they provide cloths for you to wear if you’re not wearing appropriate clothing (read: shoulders and knees covered). You can enter all 6 of the monasteries, but some are closed on certain days (the biggest one was closed when we went, which I was a little bummed about), so check beforehand here!

For bus/train timetables and info from Athens to Meteora, go here. Definitely purchase your ticket online, as it’s cheaper, and don’t forget to use that student discount if you have a valid ID!

Girl looking at a Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece

Monastery on a cliff at Meteora in Greece

Basically, go to Meteora. Like yesterday.

Large rock surrounded by trees at Meteora in Greece

Houses at the base of Meteora, surrounded by large rocks
[View once you’re at the base of the mountains, after walking out of the monastery area of Meteora]
A white house with a red roof at the base of Meteora, surrounded by hills and trees
[Walking back into town; obsessed with the rolling green hills]

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4 thoughts on “Meteora, Greece is Just as Magical as it Looks

  1. But that s not all there is to Meteora; you can also go rock climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting, horse back riding and more! It s a great destination for both active and adventurous travellers who want to do a little more beyond the standard monastery tours and really soak in the outdoors.

    1. Absolutely!! I wish I’d gotten to try some of that out while I was there, but unfortunately didn’t have time. Would love to go back and try out some of those activities, though! 🙂

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