When visiting Meteora in Greece, be sure to try one of these best Meteora tours and activities. Each Meteora tour gives a valuable insight into this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage area.
Visiting Meteora, Greece
The monasteries of Meteora, near Kalambaka town in the area of Greece called Thessaly, are among the most popular places to visit in Greece. Whilst some people visit Meteora on a day trip from Athens, I recommend spending at least one night in the area.
This is because I really think it's a place to be enjoyed and absorbed at a slower pace. The beautiful landscape and incredible monasteries seem worlds apart from busy Athens. It's also completely different than life on the Greek islands!By staying in Kalambaka near Meteora for a night or two, you'll have the freedom to plan your own itinerary. And with your own vehicle, you can easily get around Meteora and see all the monasteries yourself.
Still, you might find a Meteora tour or two an interesting option. Activities such as Meteora climbing tours, cliff scrambling, and hiking tours of Meteora are hard to do without local knowledge.
Here's our pick of the best Meteora tours from Kalambaka.
Additional Information on Meteora
Here's some more information you may find useful when visiting Meteora.
Getting to Kalambaka from Athens
Getting to Kalambaka from Athens is quite straightforward. Apart from or taking an organized day trip from Athens, you can also get to Kalambaka independently. Unless you are hiring your own car, the easiest way to get from Athens to Kalambaka is to take the train.
There is a daily direct train at 7.20 am, arriving at Kalambaka at 11.31 am, and several non-direct trains later in the day. I've got a complete guide here: How to get from Athens to Meteora.
Things to know before you visit Meteora
There is a small entrance fee of 3 euro for each monastery, payable in cash at the entrance. When visiting the area, please remember that the six Meteora monasteries which are open to the public are still functioning, and they are home to several monks and nuns.
Be mindful of your clothes – knees and shoulders should be covered, so short skirts, shorts and tank tops are not allowed. It’s best to bring a shawl and long skirt or trousers below the knee, but appropriate clothes are also available at the entrance of each monastery, free of charge.[mailmunch-form id=”681765″]
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