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At the northwestern edge of the Thessalian plain, between Chasia and Pindos, emerges the imposing rock complex of Meteora. Impressive monasteries, nestled upon cliff rocks, reflect the place’s spirituality and long-standing monastic tradition. Ever since being declared by Unesco, a World Heritage Site, in 1988, Meteora attract over 2 million visitors yearly. The distance between Litochoro and Meteora is 158km, while from Elassona, it is 90km.
In all their sharpness and overwhelming density, these epic stone formations constitute an amazing geological phenomenon that leaves no one untouched. During the 10th century, the otherworldly quality of the place inevitably attracted the first hermits who founded through time a number of monasteries. Today, just six are open to the public: The monastery of Agios Nicholaos Anapafsas, the monastery of Roussanou, the monastery of the Transfiguration or otherwise the Great Meteoro, the monastery of Varlaam, the monastery of the Holy Trinity and the convent of Agios Stefanos. Back in the old times, transport to/from the monasteries, as well as reserves, were taken care of with the help of ropes, nets, wind-ladders and bare hands. Climbing was born out of necessity. Today, things are different. Meteora are sought after by climbers looking for a world class climbing destination. Trails, caves and hidden passages, over and through the rocks, promise great hiking and mountain-biking experiences. Taking and sharing photos of these breathtaking rock formations is an absolute must-do. Kalampaka is, usually, the set off point to Meteora. Wondering around the picturesque town with the stone-cobbled streets and alleys is something you shouldn’t miss doing. The region is known for its culinary goods, mostly for its meat products, cheese varieties, herb pies, wine and tsipouro. Gastronomy holds strong in Kalampaka and the nearby beautiful village of Kastraki, built at the foothills of Meteora. For mushroom lovers, there is the Museum of Natural History & Mushrooms, in Kalampaka, offering a one-of-a-kind experience spanning from mushroom tasting and trufle-hunt to mushroom-pasta, cooked out in the forest!
One of the most important archaeological sites worldwide is located just 3km away from Meteora, in front of River Lithaio, on the way between Trikala and Kalampaka. In the Cave of Theopetra, which is open to visitors, excavations have revealed many evidence showing that the cave has continuously been inhabited during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic, the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. The site and its findings testify on the transition of humans from Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens. Human footprints, which have been dated to approximately 135,000 years ago, are a rare finding on a European level.
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