Remember that the monasteries are places of worship , so be respectful and conduct yourself properly. The hotel is only 1 kilometer from St. If you make your way to Meteora by car, there are plenty of parking spaces but I would recommend hiring a small sedan as there are some tight corners and narrow pathways to navigate in order to get to this hotel. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the owners are helpful — they are the ones who told us about the Psaropetra look out!
The Practical Guide to Visiting the Mystical Monasteries in Meteora, Greece
The best thing about staying at the Pyrgos Adrachti is the view from the balcony — make sure you ask for a room with this view! Click here to book your stay at the Pyrgos Adrachti hotel or click here to see other highly rated hotels in Meteora and the surrounding areas! In its heyday, there were a total of 24 monasteries. They all vary in size and have different visiting hours that change depending on season. The largest and most popular monasteries Great Meteoron and Varlaam fill up quickly with busloads of tourists, so its best to start your day early.
Drive past St.
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Nikolaos the first monastery you will hit on your way up around metres and park the car on the side of the road see map below. This is where the trail begins to hike up to the Great Meteoron and Varlaam. The hike will take approximately 45 minutes and is mostly shaded, but the path is uneven and uphill. You can easily spend minutes wandering around each monastery and exploring the chapels, courtyards, cellars and so on. My advice? Soak it all up and bask in the incredible panoramic views. Bonus points for buying a popsicle outside Varlaam to cool yourself off.
Roussanou is a working nunnery and is easily accessible; the monastery covers the entire surface of the rock and houses a church, reception halls, guest quarters and a lookout spot from outside the building. Because of its location and accessibility, few tour buses stop here so it may be perfect for those looking for a more peaceful opportunity to explore the grounds. In the past, the Holy Trinity also relied upon pulleys and baskets for supplies, but a small funicular is now used to carry supplies to the main building. Once you have visited these two monasteries, head back towards Kalabaka for lunch as St.
On your way back, you can stop at St. Nikolaos as it shuts earlier than the other monasteries. It suffered a lot of damage during WWII and was abandoned until the s when it was restored as a nunnery. As you drive from point-to-point, there are plenty of lookout areas that you can stop and take pictures at, just make sure you park safely and out of the way of other vehicles. End the day with a stunning sunset at Psaropetra sunset view point in Meteora. Most people swarm to watch the sunset from another viewpoint next to Varlaam, so this one tends to be relatively uncrowded. On a clear night you can expect the most mind blowing sunset!
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Looks amazing? Stunning pics for a great destination! Thanks for all those useful tips… This must be a great experience! I really want to visit Greece but there seems to be just so much to see that I get so overwhelmed and put off planning it! Thanks for sharing this because it helps me narrow down a place and your advice is helpful! I love the views, they are quite spectacular nestled on the rocks.
Omg, this was actually somewhere I was considering this year! Now you have me absolutely dying to go! I love Greece and your pictures are amazing. Great practical tips too, the combination of driving and hiking sounds perfect. What a fantastic way to see and experience the world! Meteora looks awesome!
The photos are awesome! I am going to Meteora in April as part of my trip to Greece and will have to save this post! Thanks for the notes about dress code. Such a comprehensive guide and one worthy of a bookmark for future reference. I have not been to these monasteries but knew there were some on Crete that could not be visited by women.
So good to know that these are open for everyone. Nice post. Reading this made me want to go to Meteora, so much history is there!
This place is so beautiful. Need to go there. Only went to santorini, ios, paros, and mykonos. Thanks for sharing! Putting this on my list. I made it to Santorini and it was SO expensive but so beautiful! You sold me on wanting to visit here! Such stunning photos. I will definitely pin this for my travel bucket list destinations. Your photos are so gorgeous! Amazing guide!! How to read all of this and not wanting to book the next flight there? Greece is absolutely stunning! I watched a vlog about Meteora not long ago, and reading your experience and tips there just make me want to go there asap..
Thanks so much for checking this out, Tais! Oh, these looks lovely! I have never been to Greece, but when I do I will definitely want to check out these monasteries! The photos look beautiful, and this guide will be super helpful- thanks! I absolutely love this article and beautiful photos! I had the chance to backpack around the Balkans last year and fell in love with the area but sadly never made it down to Greece. Great post! Thanks for sharing and putting this on my radar. Greece is now added to my wanderlust list!
I had never heard of these monasteries before but they do look quite magical!
Thanks for the tips and great photos! Wow, the monasteries are impressive and your pictures of Meteora are just awesome. Confirms that I need to go back to Greece.
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Can say nothing but amazing work:. I loved that you shared your experience and provided an itinerary for lazy people like me haha. Thanks for sharing your photos and your time in Meteora. This place looks awesome! I really want to explore Greece more, I have only been to Kefalonia but I plan to see more of the country next year — this place is definitely on my bucket list.
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This is incredible — Greece is definitely on my bucket list, but I had no idea there were so many Monasteries there! Your photos make it look so magical! Wow this place looks so amazing! A lot of trails to check out too! Meteora looks insane! How are the road conditions to and from each monastery?
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Also good call on the Psaropetra lookout- that sunset is to die for! Bonus points for a smaller crowd. An amazing, informative, beautiful post as usual Flo! That sunset is to die for since we all know I love a good sunset, haha!
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