Meteora is a place of unique beauty, famous around the world for its gigantic rock pillars and monasteries that are built on their summits. Meteora is not only one of the biggest monastic centers in Greece but a place with incredible nature perfect for hiking. Although I have visited Meteora in the past I didn’t have the chance to go hiking, so when Meteora Thrones offered to take us on a hiking tour I was more than happy to go.
Check here my post: A full guide to the monasteries of Meteora.
Our guide Christos picked us up from the hotel at 9:00 am with the companies luxurious mini van and took us to the first stop of our hiking tour, the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. During the route he told us how the rocks were created and the history of Meteora.
The Holy Monastery of Great Meteora is the largest and oldest one in the area built-in the middle of the 14th century from St Athanasios the Meteorite. He was a monk at mount Athos and after the turkish raids to the area he settled down to Meteora. In his quest for isolation he climbed the rock Stagoi which is called Meteoron and created the first monastic community.
Inside the monastery we had the chance to visit the cellars, the sacristy were the bones of old residents of the monastery are stacked on selves, the church of Transfiguration that has some fine icons and frescoes dating back from the 14th to the 16th century, a museum with traditional costumes of the area and the old kitchen of the monastery.
After wandering for some time around the monastery it was time for our hike to begin. We were going to hike part of the western trail that starts from the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron, passes through the Holy Monastery of Varlaam and the Holy monastery of Roussanou and ends at the Holy Monastery of St Nicholaos Anapausas. From there you can hike back to Kastraki.
We took the path exactly next to the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron and walked our way to the Holy Monastery of All Saints (Varlaam). The path was relatively easy to follow and we walked through some amazing nature. As it was spring nature was at its best and there were a lot of beautiful flowers and blossomed trees to admire.
At the monastery of Varlaam we took another path that took us through some dense forest, low vegetation, beautiful flowers, strange rock formations, giant rock boulders and small springs.
Our guide Christos was telling us stories about the area throughout our walk. The views of Kalampaka and the Meteora valley throughout the walk were simply stunning. After approximately 2 hours of hiking we ended up at the Holy Monastery of St Nicholaos Anapausas where our bus was waiting to take us back to our hotel in Kalampaka.
I found the hike challenging in some parts only because I wasn’t wearing appropriate shoes, so if you are planning to visit Meteora and would like to hike through its beautiful paths, don’t forget your walking shoes.
The area of Meteora is best explored on foot as it has a wide network of path and trails that take you around some abandoned monasteries, hermit caves and strange rock formations. Hiking around the area was one of the highlights of my trip.
I really enjoyed the hiking tour of Meteora with Meteora Thrones. I totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys hiking in the nature. Moreover Meteora Throne’s guides are locals and have a thorough knowledge of the area.
Have you ever been to Meteora? Do you enjoy hiking?
I was a guest of Meteora Thrones for the weekend. As always opinions are my own.