Meteora Journals

High on Meteora

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A travel journal to Meteora by Re Carroll

Koka Roka Photo, Meteora, Greece More Photos
Quote: Sheer rock formations that shoot skyward provide great visuals at the best of times, but crown these with Byzantine monasteries and the effect is breathtaking.

High on Meteora

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Overview

Meteora Photo, Meteora, Greece
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The Byzantine monasteries sit atop sheer rock formations that tower over the town. When they were built in the 14th century, supplies and workers (the monks) had to be hauled up in large baskets and nets on a rope and pulley system. Now they can be accessed by road although some of the monasteries still require a walk up lots of stairs before you get inside. We visited 4 of the 6 monasteries that are open to visitors. My personal favourite was the nunnery of Roussanou. It is smaller and brighter and has a softer feel to it than the others. The open courtyard off the gift store affords great views and gentle breezes. The small village of Kastraki is closer to the monasteries but the town of Kala...Read More

Koka Roka

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Hotel

Koka Roka Photo, Meteora, Greece
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There are separate rooms with private bath or hostel-like rooms with shared bathroom. It's not fancy, but it is right at the base of the rocks, so the view is extremely dramatic. The rooms are above the taverna and the stairway is decorated with pictures and plants. The double doors leading to the bedroom area keeps out noise and it is a very quiet place to stay because the area is otherwise residential. Our room had two twin beds, a private bathroom, a balcony and outside clothes line. If you call, the owner will pick you up at the train station because it is a bit of a hike if you are carrying luggage. If he's around, he'll also deliver you to the train station when it's time to leave too. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2000

Koka Roka
Kalambaka
Meteora, Greece

Vachos taverna

Restaurant

Vachos taverna Photo, Meteora, Greece
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I can’t remember the exact address for this restaurant but it should be easy to find because it's right downtown and Kalambaka isn’t large. The restaurant is rather plain from the front but there is an open court yard in the back filled with plants and flowers and this is where we ate. The food is typical Greek fare (chicken, lamb, etc.) and the menu isn’t extensive but almost everyone seemed to know each other and the waiters were extremely friendly so the atmosphere was more like a large family dinner than a typical restaurant meal. My husband had roast lamb with potatoes, Greek salad and okra. The tender lamb was liberally seasoned with garlic, oregano and other spices and the roaste...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Vachos taverna
Platia Riga Fereou
Meteora, Greece

Koka Roka Taverna

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Restaurant

Koka Roka Taverna Photo, Meteora, Greece
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This taverna is part of the guest house and the owner does the cooking. The menu isn't large but you get the basics - great salad, lamb, mousakka, etc. The ouzo is home made & I found it a bit rough, but everything else was delicious. You can sit indoors or out - out is best because you have the view of the sheer rock formations that make up the geography of the area. At night, the rocks are floodlit and there are lights around the taverna too so it makes it festive. You might be visited by one of the neighbourhood cats if you sit outdoors but the owner prefers you not feed them as she'd rather they didn't visit at all. The taverna is not fancy at all but the food is good; portions are large...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 25, 2000

Koka Roka Taverna
Kalambaka
Meteora, Greece

The Meteora Monasteries

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Attraction | "Byzantine monasteries"

The Meteora Monasteries Photo, Meteora, Greece
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Not only do the monasteries contain an incredible amount of history and art but their location, sprawled atop sheer rock monoliths make them an absolutely outstanding sight that is not to be missed! At one time there were over twenty monasteries but most fell into ruin and now only six are still functioning. When they were built between the 12th and 14th centuries, there was no road or easy access so the first monks had to construct hundreds of feet of rickety scaffolding to reach the top. All building materials and supplies, as well as other monks, were hauled up in net baskets. This ascent could take up to half an hour and supposedly the rope for the baskets was only replaced when it b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2000

The Meteora Monasteries
northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly
Meteora, Greece

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin

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Story/Tip

Kalambaka Photo, Meteora, Greece
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This Byzantine Church is the only tourist attraction actually located in Kalambaka. It doesn’t have the grandeur or wealth of the nearby Meteora monasteries but it is a very peaceful place and worth a visit. It was built in the 10th or 11th century, over the ruins of an early Christian church. Large trees and a small bench nearby provide a shady place where you can relax after the slight uphill climb through a residential area to get here. The three story tower at the front gives it some definition but it is otherwise quite plain. The church is usually locked and we were lucky that the caretaker was outside relaxing so he let us in. He took me by the hand and gave us a tour in Greek that we...Read More