Meteora Pictures Guide, Greece

Meteora landscape, Greece

Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery and other more distant religious refuges in Meteora. In the centre the village of Kastraki is just visible. The pinnacle centre-left is popular with climbers.

What is Meteora?

One of the most outstanding sights in Greece has to be the cluster of monasteries perched on geologically peculiar rock pinnacles on the Greek mainland northwest of the capital city, Athens.

Built around the 14th century as a defensive measure, they are easy to visit from Athens via asphalt roads and a bit of a climb in some cases. You have to pay to enter each monastery (extra for photos sometimes) and may well find groups of tourists clattering and chattering around the more popular ones such as Megalou Meteorou (Grand Meteora).

Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa Monastery, Meteora, Greece

Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa monastery lower centre with Grand Meteora barely visible above it.

Most of the monasteries house good frescoes and great views, but wealthy Grand Meteora offers a lot more than that – a refectory full of ancient art and monk’s culinary equipment, a mini-museum of traditional costumes, a pile of skulls and the best, bloodiest frescoes of them all.

If you want to see the region in a hurry, one night in Kastraki town and hiring a vehicle will do it; or hiking is a good option if you are very fit or have lots of time.

Meteora Attractions

Agias Triados monastery, Meteora, Greece

Agias Triados monastery, James Bond’s target in a 007 movie long, long ago.

View of Meteora from Monastery, Greece

The view from Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa to Kastraki village.

meteora monastery difficult entry, greece

Some monasteries are not that easy to enter. OK, not really, that’s the dangerous-times entrance of Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa seen from below.

meteora monastery mural, greece

Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa monastery frescoes by Theophanes Strelizas, one of Meteora’s star attractions.

More sights

meteora monastery dress code, greece

Beware the dress code that applies in most monasteries.

Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery seen from Grand Meteora, Meteora, Greece

Agias Varvaras Rousanou monastery seen from Grand Meteora.

meteora monastery skull pantry, greece

These are either relics of tourists who failed to observe Grand Meteora regulations or ancient monks out of their skulls.

meteora town, greece

Kalambaka town, nearby and offering reasonable small hotels, guest houses and tourist restaurants.