Located in central Greece in the region of Thessaly in an area of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, during the 11th century monks settled on these ‘columns of the sky’ Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century.
Unesco added Meteora to the World Heritage List in 1988 and is also part of the Natura 2000 network.
Currently there are only 6 monasteries active and accessible to visitors. Each one of them built on top of steep rocks offer spectacular views. While access is not easy as it requires uphill walking in paved paths it is certainly something you will not regret when arriving in one of them.
You may also choose a hiking tour from Kastraki area where, same as Kalabaka, you may overnight if you decide to do so instead of making it a day trip from Athens.
Access to Meteora is easy by public transport (train or bus), organized tours (group or private) but also by car. Driving yourself to Meteora is easy and gives you the possibility of visiting other important areas along the route. For example you may drive to Meteora early in the morning (about 4 hour drive) and on the way back stop and overnight in Delfi or Arachova so that you visit the archeological site the next morning. This will give you a great opportunity to visit areas on the mainland which are equally amazing as the famous Greek islands.