After a short stop in Larissa we want to reach Kalabaka in the afternoon. Many people told us that it’s a “must” to go there.
We didn’t really know what we have to expect but already the first view from the road is impressive.
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece near the town of Kalabaka hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. The six (left of an original twenty-four) monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders. Between the 13th and 14th century, the twenty-four monasteries were established atop the rocks.
Meteora was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988 because of the outstanding architecture and beauty of the complex, in addition to its religious and artistic significance.
What a beautiful and magical place. With the warm evening light we drive up to the viewpoints, stopping the car after every corner- the view, the light and the whole scenery is so fascinating.
We find a little spot for the night up there next to the road so it is even possible to spend the sunset and the sunrise (only with two of us) on one of the rocks with the view on the monasteries, the valley and the sky….
We visit four of the six monasteries means that we have to climb up a lot of stairs…. The oldest one, the Agia Triada Monastery, was a film set off the James Bond movie: “For your eyes only”. Even for a Sunday there a only a few more other visitors… can’t imagine how packed it must be in the high season.
We decide to stay another night so we take the time for the rest of the day just to stop time, sit, watch and enjoy the beauty of this magical place.
And share the sunset with a so nice couple from Austria with there MAN truck.