Meteora is a breathtaking area to visit in Greece, located not far from Athens. Most notable for 24 monasteries that monks built on cliffs high in the sky during the 14th century, this place if perfect for those interested in history and adventure.
In ancient times these monasteries were only accessible by climbing or pulling supplies up with rope, which kept the monks safe during wars and other conflict.
Today, Meteora offers visitors a rich history of the monasteries and the original caves that the monks settled in hundreds of years ago, along with adventure for all levels of rock climbers and hikers.
Inspired by a rock-climbing hermit crab, the first monks climbed up the cliffs in Meteora to find a place of peace to worship that was closer to the heavens. They built the first monastery in Meteora, and more were built over the years as monks from other areas came looking for refuge from persecution.
Of the original 24 monasteries, 6 of them have survived through the years and are open to visitors.
The monasteries contain Askitaria, which are cave hermitages, or secluded caves, that have ladders hanging and areas for the monks. Located in the cliff side hollows, they were used by monks who wanted solitude up until early in the 20th century.
Visitors today can see this area and imagine what it was like living in there as a monk.
Hiking and Rock climbing
With the monasteries being located high up on cliffs that steeply rise from the ground below, this area is a great spot for adventurers of all kinds to visit. Each monastery can be visited by hiking or rock climbing.
There are various options for rock climbing that are suitable from complete beginners to the most advanced rock climbers. The surrounding area also offers plenty of additional adventure for those who want to explore more.