Meteora Sights & Attractions
Meteora is actually a religious place with amazing Byzantine monasteries. This region is composed of huge rocks on top of which monasteries have been constructed, overlooking a beautiful valley below. Although in the past there were hundreds of monasteries and churches in Meteora, today only 6 of them survive. Except for the Monastery of Saint Stephen, which is the easiest to access, all the other 5 monasteries in Meteora are accessed through a long hike up against the rock. The Monastery of Grand Meteoron is the most popular site in Meteora, while the most difficult to go is the Monastery of Holy Trinity.
You can see below the best Sites in Meteora. You can filter them by category and location.
Constructed in the 15th century, this is the only female monastery that works in Meteora. During the Second World War, it was severely destroyed by German troops.
The largest of the monasteries on the highest spot of Meteora, the Monastery of Grand (or Megalo) Meteoron was founded around 1340 by monk Athanasios.
Built in the 15th century by two monks, it needs to climb up 195 steps to go to this monastery. This is the second largest monastery of Meteora.
The Monastery of Agia Triada dates back to the 12th century. The place was first inhabited by some monks, who were in search of a shelter so as to save themselves from the Ottomans. What is also worth mentioning is that scenes from the Hollywood movie 'James Bond: For your eyes only' were shot in this place.
Founded in the 16th century, the Monastery of Agia Varvara Roussanou is built on a rock lower than the other monasteries of Meteora. It was founded around 1545 by Maximos and Ioasaph of Ioannina.
Constructed in the 16th century with the initiative of the Abbot of Larisa, this monastery can be seen on the way to Grand Meteoron Monastery. The main church has nice frescoes made by the famous Cretan painter Theofanis o Kris.
About an hour drive from Meteora, close to Karditsa, Lake Plastira is an artificial lake, created to collect water for the nearby farms. It gives many picturesque natural views and it is a truly romantic destination.
About 30 km from Meteora, the Ski Centre of Pertouli is located at an altitude of 1,350 m. It operates since 1985 and has three tracks of various level of difficulty. It is very popular in Greece and many beautiful villages can be visited nearby.
The Museum of Natural History and the Mushroom Museum of Meteora opened in November 2014. It is located in the center of Kalambaka and presents a large collection of birds, mammals, and mushrooms from the region of Meteora.
This nice stone bridge has one arch and connects the two banks of Portaikos river. Built in 1514, this bridge and the surrounding region provides a nice spot to relax.
The Antichassia-Meteora Natural Reserve covers an area of almost 830 hectares. This reserve is home to various species of flora and fauna.