The Meteora is one of the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Greece
Meteora monasteries are built on the tops of giant pillars of rock.
The Meteora monasteries were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988 as representing "a unique example of monastic life since the 14th century".
Studies suggest that the pinnacles were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. Weathering and earthquakes then shaped them into their present shape. Kalampaka (also spelled Kalabaka) is a town of 12 000 citizens and is situated on the foot of the most extraordinary Meteora rocks. A big part of the daily life of the locals is centered on Tourism, hence the generous number of hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes. Kalampaka is at times underestimated as merely sharing the glory of the Meteora pinnacles that spectacularly rise at the near background. However, it is a town with a very rich and long history in itself.
Kalampaka is 350 km away from Athens, 238 km away from Thessaloniki and 146 km from Volos. The archaeological sites of Delphi and Dion are 3 hrs and 2 hrs away respectively. For sea adventures, the village of Achillion is 2.5 hrs away, where you can catch a boat to the island of Skiathos. Alternatively, take a trip to the “Golden Beach” of Katerini which is 2hrs away.
A Greek inscription on the wall of one of the town’s oldest churches (Saint John the Baptist) testifies the existence of an ancient Greek settlement under the name Eginio. Relics of an ancient Greek temple – probably of god Apollo – have been incorporated in the wall of the town’s oldest and most renowned 10th century church, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Historical records refer to the town’s Byzantine name as Stagi, when it had become a significant center of the Byzantine Empire.
The climate in the region varies greatly according to the time of year. It may be sweltering during summertime, but cold in wintertime.
Rainfall is generally heavy all year round, especially at higher altitudes, but the driest time of the year is during summer.