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Meteora

Perched high atop spires of conglomerated Calcerous and sandstone rock, the monasteries of Meteora are one of the world's most spectacular sacred sites. Located in the Thessaly region of north central Greece and overlooking the valley of Pinios, the towering rocks of Meteora, meaning 'rocks in the air', have long evoked awe in human beings.

Paleolithic remains indicate settlements around the stones from between 100,000 to 40,000 BC, and hermits and ascetics have lived in the area since long before the Christian era. The arrival of Christianity began in the 8th century, organized monastic communities had developed by the 12th century, and by the mid 1500's twenty-four Greek Orthodox monasteries had been constructed upon the spires of stone.

The monasteries, 200-600 meters high (and some accessible only by baskets lowered by ropes and winches), became a center of scholarship and art until the mid 18th century when popular interest in monasticism declined. Most of these meteorisa monastiria ('hanging monasteries') were abandoned and today only six survive, of which four can be visited by way of bridges and rock-cut steps. Previously a remote area, the construction of a highway in the early 1960's made the monasteries accessible to pilgrims and tourists.

This influx of visitors, however, has discouraged new monks from joining the monasteries and compelled others to move to Mt. Athos in search of solitude and privacy.


 

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 Spartacus House
Ziogas Rooms is located in the traditional village of Kastraki, surrounded by the rocks of Meteora. All rooms have a balcony, with stunning area views. There is free Wi-Fi and parking. more...
 Pineas
Located 0.9 mi away from the town of Kalabaka, the family-run Pineas offers spacious rooms with a balcony enjoying views of Meteora Rocks. more...
 Hotel Doupiani House
Along with amazing views of the Meteora, Hotel Doupiani House features cozy and well-furnished rooms with free WiFi. The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas is just steps away. more...
 Chrysorama Rooms
Offering a children's playground and sun terrace, Chrysorama Rooms is set in Kalabaka in the Thessalia Region, 0.9 mi from Meteora. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
 Monastiri Guesthouse
This monastery-style guest house is just 656 feet from Kalampaka center just behind the small picturesque train station. It offers rustic rooms with free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of Meteora. more...
 Theatro Hotel Odysseon
Located just at the foot of the Meteora rocks, Theatro Hotel Odysseon offers stunning views of the famous setting and the Mount Pindos. more...
 Boufidis Rooms
With a backdrop of Meteora Rocks, family-run Boufidis Rooms is a short drive from Kalampaka and Kastraki. There is a large swimming pool too, with a pool bar and deckchairs. more...
 Meteora Central Hostel
Located in Kalabaka, 1.3 miles from Theopetra Cave, Meteora Central Hostel provides accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. more...
 San Giorgio Villa
Right on the foothill of Meteora, Villa San Giorgio is located in the traditional village of Kastraki, only 0.6 mile from Kalambaka. more...
 Hotel Kaikis
Located in the town of Kalabaka, the family-run Hotel Kaikis offers rooms with a furnished balcony enjoying views of Meteora Rocks and Pindos Mountains. more...
 Hotel Galaxy
Located in the center of Kalabaka, within 0.9 mi of Meteora Rocks, Hotel Galaxy offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi access and a private balcony enjoying views of the Meteora. more...
 Bloutsos Rooms
The family-run Bloutsos Rooms is located in traditional Kastraki Village of Trikala, within 0.6 mi from Kalampaka Town. more...
 Philoxenia
Featuring an outdoor pool, garden and terrace, Philoxenia offers views over the rock pillars of Meteora. It has free WiFi and a pool bar. The center of Kalabaka Town is 1.9 mi away. more...
 Meteora View Modern Apartments
Located in the heart of Kalabaka, this air-conditioned apartment features views of Meteora from the balcony and living room. The unit is 1.2 mi from Theopetra Cave. more...
 Pyrgos Adrachti
Set in one of the highest points of Kastraki village with fantastic views of the Pindos Mountains, Pyrgos Adrachti offers spacious rooms with large windows at the base of the Meteora. more...
 Yiannis House
Located in Kalabaka, a 7-minute walk from Meteora and 2.7 miles from Theopetra Cave, Yiannis House provides accommodations with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Hotel Tsikeli - Adults Only
Just 328 feet from Kastraki’s center, Hotel Tsikeli - Adults Only offers rooms with brilliant views, a rich breakfast and a garden café with free Wi-Fi and Meteora views. more...
 Rina's House
Located 1.6 miles from Theopetra Cave, Rina's House offers a garden, and air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. more...
 Hotel Meteora
Located in the midst of the towering Meteora rocks, Meteora Hotel is located just outside the city limits of Kalambaka. more...
 Luxury Lila House Under the Rocks
Located in Kalabaka, 1.6 mi from Meteora, Luxury Lila House Under the Rocks provides accommodations with a shared lounge, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. more...
 Meteora Hotel at Kastraki
Set in the higher point of Kastraki, Meteora Hotel offers magnificent views of the rocks of Meteora. Guests enjoy a pool, an all-day café-bar and rooms with extra long beds and flat-screen TVs. more...
 Perikleous 5 Diamerisma KONDOULIS HOUSE
Located in Kalabaka, 1.5 miles from Meteora and 1.5 miles from Theopetra Cave, Perikleous 5 Diamerisma KONDOULIS HOUSE provides accommodations with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Alsos House
Located in the old town of Kalampaka, Alsos House provides a relaxed and friendly base with breathtaking views of Meteora, steps from the local hiking trail. more...
 Hotel Kastraki
Located in the traditional village of Kastraki, this 3-star hotel offers comfortable accommodations opening to a balcony. A restaurant serving Greek cuisine and a bar are also featured on site. more...
 Guesthouse Plakias
Guest House Plakias is located at Kastraki, at the base of the Meteora. Every room has a balcony with panoramic views of the Pindus Mountains and the famous rocks. more...




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