Meteora is a beautiful place situated in central Greece, built on high cliffs. This place was settled by monks and nuns following the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church during the 11 century, because it was perfect to achieve absolute isolation, to discover peace and harmony.
There were an original 24 monasteries in the sixteenth century, but today there are six of them. The largest monastery is The Monastery of Great Meteoron built in the mid-14th century. Two monasteries are settled by nuns - The Monastery of St. Stephen and The Monastery of the Holy Trinity, while the remainder are settled by monks - The Monastery of Varlaam, The Monastery of Rousanou/St. Barbara and The Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. Entrance fees of Monasteries are not expensive, couple of euros.
Most visitors usually stay in two closest towns: Kalambaka and Kastraki, but they also come on the full day tours from Athens. You can take a train or a bus from Athens, but prepare yourself for a long ride - about 4,5 to 5 hours. You can also travel with your car because the roads are good and safe, and you can find free parking spaces around the monasteries. The monasteries are accessible by staircases and pathways cut into the rock formations.
It is very important to follow the rules regarding the clothes at this area. Women must wear skirts below the knees and have covered shoulders, and men must wear long pants and cover their arms. If you come there unprepared, you can borrow the clothes from the stock at the entrance.
Meteora is one of the most popular places in Greece, and attracts over two million visitors annually. It is on the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list since 1988. Everyone who wants to relax and enjoy in the peace with magnificent views, must visit Meteora!