Day 3: MeteoraIn morning, head towards monastries. We visited St. Stephen and Great Meteora Monastry. Views from these monastries were breathtaking. In Afternoon have lunch in Kamlambaka and head towards Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: MeteoraThere are 3 ways to travel Meteora. By Car, By train and or by Bus. We hired a car by Global Rentals and it was best way to explore Meteora. Remeber to buy insurance if you plan to hire one.Total Distance: 350 km, travel time: 4-5 hoursApproximate Cost - 210 Euros (including car rental, petrol, and tolls)By Train or Bus (40 euros per person)Stay in Kamlambaka or Kastraki as these are nice traditional villages and offer great views of Meteora and town. Watch sunset in meteora and in evening stroll in market and lanes of Kalambaka. This is very cheap town and great for shopping (wines, beer, bakery, clothes)
Meteora is many things - the kind of mountains you have never seen, the monasteries perched in those mountains, defying the laws of gravity, hiking trails that will take your heart away, sunsets that will get you romantic in no time, and a feel of overall calmness which you have been craving for. If you want to shoot here for business, pre-wedding or just for fun, you will love it.
After a heavy dose of Athens, we left for the incredible Meteora – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts of six functional monasteries perched atop wind-battered rocks made of sandstone. Four out of these are inhabited by men, the other two house women.We stayed in Kalambaka at a lodge called Koka Roka Taverna run by an incredibly hospitable Greek family. Kalambaka is a sleepy little town that shares the glory of the pinnacles of Meteora, towering over it.Nick, the owner of this 5-bedroom-lodge, whipped up a delicious meal of meatballs cooked over an open flame, served with potato wedges and a customary cheese salad, while he enthusiastically shared travel tips with us.
What to say about Meteora? Lot of people do not include this beautiful place in their itinerary and focus on islands but this hidden beauty is truly one of its kind. The place is known for monasteries on big rocks. How monks were able to build such beautiful monasteries on the rocks is something no one can wrap their heads around.