Kalambaka Town & Meteora View
...are located 7 km. north of Kalambaka, at the foot of the Pineios valley. This unique geological phenomenon makes for an unworldly spectacle that overwhelms all visitors with awe. The visit to the monastic state focuses on the 6 surviving monasteries out of the 30 that are estimated to have existed initially. In 1989, Unesco included this whole region in its list of World Heritage sites characterizing it as a "preserved monument of Humanity" and thus asserting that, despite been located in Greece, it belongs to the whole world in light of its cultural significance.
At the foot of the boulders, we find Kastraki, which has been thrice characterized by the Greek State as a traditional and preserved settlement and tourist attraction. The houses of this traditional village stretch from the surrounding slopes to the foot of the valley, where the monasteries are situated.
Since the route to the monasteries is the most aesthetically pleasing, many visitors choose to hike from Kastraki (2 km. from the accommodation), past the derelict monastery of Lord Pantokrator (to the northern side of boulder Doupiani), the abandoned and restored Monastery of Ypapanti and the bust of the Greek Revolution freedom-fighter Papathimios Vlachavas, to the majestic monasteries of "Great Meteoron" (Monastery of the Saviour) and the "Holy Monastery of Varlaam".