The Holy Meteora is located in central Greece, in the North Western part of Thessaly, between North East of Hasia and West of Pindos, where the plain of Thessaly ends, this gigantic rock formation rise from the earth, to create a spectacle which is unique and inspiring.
In 1988, UNESCO declared Meteora to be a World Heritage Site. UNESCO has characterized Meteora as a “monument of Humanity that has to be maintained“. They don’t belong only to Greece but also to the entire world.
The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air”, and our words meteorite and meteorology come from the same root.
It is upon the rocks at Meteora, where medieval monks built monasteries, several of which are still active. The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep alive Greek Orthodox religious traditions and Hellenic culture during the turbulent Middle Ages and Ottoman Turk occupation of Greece (1453-1829).
While Meteora is famous for the monasteries that sit perched on these rocks, there is another world below them, one created by the people of the region. Friendly and hospitable they toiled for years producing some of the best of produce , grapes, feta cheese, apples, retsina wine and the famous spirit tsiporo, that Greece can supply. Today Meteora is a popular tourist spot attracting people from all parts of the world. Do yourself a favour and explore its many towns and villages.