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Meteora General Information

Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon.
A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. From the early Christian times, the Meteora vertical cliffs were regarded as the perfect place to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony and, thus, to support man’s eternal struggle for spiritual elevation.
Meteora is a truly inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations, but one must also be prepared to expect that this trip is much more than merely visiting an exquisite landscape. It is a pilgrimage to a holy place for all Christians around the world. Meteora has become a preservation ark for the 2000-year-old Christian Orthodox creed.
The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka, at a maximum height of 400 m (1200 ft). The most interesting summits are decorated with historical monasteries, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco. Only 6 of them have made it through the centuries, from an initial estimated number of 24. Mostly dating to the 14th and until the 16th century, these monasteries were built by monks who were previously hermits in the area, living in individual caves. Once united, these monks took months and years to carry the construction material to the top of rocks, using ropes, folding ladders, nets and baskets, and with much determination.


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How to get to Meteora


Thanks to the Metro system getting a train to Meteora is most probably the easiest way to go. No matter where you are, there will be a metro station nearby and once you are in there, getting to the train station is easy as pie.
If you arrive at Athens by plane and want to get to the train station you can follow these easy steps:
Get into the Metro (Athens Airport Station - Blue line). The ticket for the metro from the airport costs 8 Euro. Change line at Syntagma station and get to the red line heading to Anthoupoli Get off at Larissa Station, which is the central train station of Greece.
At the Train station you can choose one of the trains below to reach Kalampaka, which is the city below Meteora. Kalampaka is a terminal station, meaning that if you get on a direct train you wont have to worry about getting off at the right station. It will be the last one!

Please take into consideration that some train routes change to Paleofarsalos station. You should be aware if your train is a direct one or not.


Getting a bus to Meteora is a bit more tricky than getting a train. The bus station is located near Kato Patissia (green line) station. There are a few ways to reach it.

From any metro line, change at Monastiraki station and get into Green line heading to Kifissia.
Get off at Kato Patisssia station and either walk about 1km to the bus station or get a taxi to get you there. The taxi should cost 3.20 Euro plus any extra charges for arriving at a bus station but it wont go over 5 Euro.
If you are going to get a taxi then you should tell the driver to get you to Liossion Station and not Athens bus station.
At the bus station you should get a bus to Trikala, which is the big city near Kalampaka and Meteora. Once you get to Trikala you can catch a bus to Kalampaka.


Driving to Meteora from Athens is easy with some exceptions. Most probably the hardest part of the trip is getting out of Athens, especially during rush hour. Once you are out of the city, you will enter the highway E75. Continue on this road until you reach Lamia city, were you should take the exit to Lamia/Karditsa/Trikala. There comes the second hard part of the road, which is getting uphill and downhill Domokos mountain range. It takes about one hour to get on and off but there are plenty of turns, so drive carefully. After you get off Domokos, follow the road signs to Karditsa, then to Trikala and lastly to Kalampaka.
It is highly recommended that you have a gps in board so there is no way of getting lost.
If you have a smartphone and have google maps enabled, then you can use our interactive map of Meteora to get directions from your place to your hotel here easily.