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What to See in Meteora

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Meteora Monasteries

Perched atop towering rock pillars in central Greece, the Meteora Monasteries defy both gravity and imagination. Dating back to the 14th century, these monastic complexes were constructed by monks seeking solitude and spiritual elevation. Accessible only by precarious staircases carved into the rock faces, these sanctuaries offer breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and rocky landscapes. Steeped in history and mystique, the Meteora Monasteries continue to draw pilgrims and tourists alike, their presence a testament to human ingenuity and devotion. A visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a journey not just through time, but also through the heights of human determination and faith.


Nestled at the foothills of the towering Meteora rock formations, Kalabaka exudes charm and antiquity. Its winding streets lead to quaint cafes, traditional tavernas, and vibrant markets, where locals and visitors mingle amidst the backdrop of ancient monasteries. The town serves as the gateway to the awe-inspiring Meteora Monasteries, offering a base for exploration and discovery. With its rich history dating back to antiquity, Kalabaka seamlessly blends the old world with the new, captivating all who wander its cobblestone paths. From its picturesque setting to its cultural allure, Kalabaka beckons travelers to immerse themselves in its timeless beauty.



Kastraki, nestled in the western part of Meteora, is built amphitheatrically amidst towering cliffs and serves as a municipal district of Kalabaka. Its history, though ancient, remains somewhat enigmatic. The village's eastern section features a quaint district with a spindle-like structure, attracting climbers from across the globe to admire the surrounding landscape. Kastraki is rich in local tradition, customs, and folk songs, offering visitors a charming cultural experience amidst narrow lanes and hiking trails. The breathtaking natural landscape, with canyons, plateaus, and iconic rock formations, contributes to its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, providing a serene recreational destination with camping facilities and taverns for visitors to enjoy.

Badovas Hermit Caves

The remote caves of Badovas sit in proximity to Kastraki village. Nestled amidst towering rock pillars lies the quaint valley of Panaghia, nestled between the village and the town of Kalabaka. This valley is flanked by two imposing rock formations, Pyxari and Amparia, along with several smaller rocks that almost entirely enclose it from three sides.

The inhabitants refer to this area as Badovas or the hermit caves of Badovas. Badovas is also the name of a nearby restored but deserted small monastery devoted to St. Nikolas or Agios Nikolaos of Badovas. This monastery was probably constructed around the mid-14th century within a large natural cavity on the side of a cliff that is now known by the same name.

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