Seen from a distance, Meteora in Greece has a truly fascinating landscape. By taking a Meteora hiking tour, you can get up close and personal, and experience it from a different perspective.
Some parts of the world have an ambience and feel to them that is hard to put into words. They just feel ‘right', and more often than not, man creates spiritual temples or refuges in these places. Stonehenge and Machu Picchu are great examples of this. Meteora in Greece is another. I was recently invited by Meteora Thrones to the area along with Travel Bloggers Greece. One of the trips they offered, was a Meteora Hiking Tour. I was excited to take this walking tour, as it would give me an opportunity to experience the landscape as the original monks would have done before cars, motorbikes, and tourist coaches discovered the area!
The hiking tour started with a hotel pick-up (in a luxury mini-van no less!), which took us to the Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. (Great Meteoron is pictured below. If you know the name of the monastery above, leave a comment at the end of the blog post!).
This is the largest monastery in the area. Whilst it is technically still in use as a monastery by a handful of Christian Eastern Orthodox Monks, in reality, it is more like a museum open to tourists. Most of the areas are open to see (unlike other monasteries in the area), and walking around gives you a peak into how life must have been ‘back in the day' for the monks. For me though, it was the magnificent views which most appealed.