photographs of Meteora, Greece

12 photographs of Meteora, Greece that will make you want to visit soon

20 photographs of Meteora, Greece that will make you want to visit soon

20 photographs of Meteora, Greece that will make you want to visit soon

This part of Northern Greece is so atypical of the rest of the country and the islands that most tourist seem to flock to during the warm summer vacation season. Although visiting Meteora is great to experience any time, I actually prefer the shoulder season in late fall to early winter when most of the tourists disappear along with all the kitchy and tacky shops and eateries that cater typically to the backpack and outdoor adventurist.  In any case, if you plan on visiting Greece in the near future, make sure to save some time in your schedule to visit this stunning Unesco World Heritage site.

Here are 20 photographs of Meteora that I’m sure will make you want to visit soon

 

A large boulder towards the summit road at Meteora

A large boulder towards the summit road at Meteora

 

 

 

A solitary monastery fronts these huge stone facades at Meteora

A solitary monastery fronts these huge stone facades at Meteora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage rooms against a solid rocks at Meteora

Storage rooms against a solid rocks at Meteora

 

The forests are animated and mysterious 

A hike through the evergreen forests in Meteora

A hike through the evergreen forests in Meteora

 

 

 

 

 

Monasteries from different vantage points in Meteora

Monasteries from different vantage points in Meteora

 

 

Abandoned and slowly decaying

An abandoned monastery up in the cliffs of Meteora

An abandoned monastery up in the cliffs of Meteora

 

It’s hard to get tired of these views, they seem to change sporadically with the clouds, sun and seasons. I can imagine returning here regularly and always find new subject matter that will only happen in that instant. In any case on a late afternoon tour of the area, I was blessed with gorgeous light and amazing panaromas of the valley and village of Kalampaka below.

 

 

Panorama of the valley overlooking the entire region of Meteora

Panorama of the valley overlooking the entire region of Meteora

 

 

The monasteries of Meteora and beautiful and the architecture is quite elaborate and striking with it’s exterior brick facades. The interiors are filled with amazing treasures and gilted details, it is a must see for any monastery that is open to the public. Unfortunately, photographs are not allowed inside so you can only imagine how ornate and grandiose the insides of these places of worship would be.

 

Church façade details at a monastery in Meteora

Church façade details at a monastery in Meteora

 

 

 

 

Stain glass visiting a monastery in Meteora

Stain glass visiting a monastery in Meteora

 

 

 

In between the giant cracks and viewing a monastery in Meteora

In between the giant cracks and viewing a monastery in Meteora

 

 

 

 

 

Close up details of prickly vegetation 

The flora around Meteora, Greece

The flora around Meteora, Greece

 

 

 

 

 

Fascinating geologic formations at Meteora

Fascinating geologic formations at Meteora

 

 

 A small shrine on a mountain top in Meteora

 

Shrine on a mountain top in Meteora

Shrine on a mountain top in Meteora

 

 

 

 

Looking down at the main town of Kalampaka in Meteora

Looking down at the main town of Kalampaka in Meteora

 

 

 

 

 

 A place for early Christian Hermits to find shelter

 

Caves turned into shelters for the early Christian hermits of Meteora

Caves turned into shelters for the early Christian hermits of Meteora

 

 

A monastery and rooms with a view

 

Close up detail of Varlaam monastery in Meteora

Close up detail of Varlaam monastery in Meteora

 

 

Ah yes, delicious soup on a cold night

A delicious meat stew in an authentic Meteora bistro

A delicious meat stew in an authentic Meteora bistro

 

 

 

Grape harvest is finished, but the vines are still beautiful

Meteora, Greece

Meteora, Greece

 

The entire region of Meteora is quite stunning and you cannot take a beautiful photograph from all the amazing vistas around the hikes and roadways leading to the major monasteries and lookout points throughout the valley. It is a wonderful place to explore especially during the shoulder season when you have most of the trails and lookout points to yourself.

 

Panoramic view of Kastraki Village in Meteora

Panoramic view of Kastraki Village in Meteora

 

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed viewing my photographs of Meteora, Greece and hope that it will make you want to visit this area very soon! If you enjoyed the post, please do share it with any of the social media buttons, thanks so much!

I was invited as a guest to explore the Meteora region with Visit Meteora Travel and participate in some of their fantastic hikes and tours. All opinions and thoughts are my own and they are a fantastic outfit to work with.

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16 Responses to photographs of Meteora, Greece

  1. James March 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    What an otherworldly place … can’t wait to see it when I get to Greece!

  2. Gran Canaria Local February 27, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    Wow, we’ve never heard of Meteora. And, believe it or not, we’ve got Greek heritage. Fantastic photos as always, Noel.

  3. Nancie February 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    Looks like a stunning place to visit!

  4. Lillie February 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    This is a place I’ve wanted to go, but never got to on my Greece trip. Next time! It’s so magical looking.

  5. Nita February 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Really beautiful pictures! Meteora definitely looks stunning!

  6. Wandering Educators February 23, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Wow – these are extraordinary! Gorgeous!

  7. Tawanna February 23, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    Okay, yes! I want to visit Meteora soon. Yet another blog post where I realize how much of Greece i didn’t see. Gorgeous photos!

  8. Corinne February 22, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    Gorgeous shots Noel!

  9. Rhonda Albom February 19, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Wow, just wow. These photos are so fantastic (like always), I feel like I was right there with you.

    • George Mitchell February 21, 2015 at 7:15 am #

      I really love your photos of Meteora and makes me feel like going there. Unfortunately, we missed Meteora both times that we visited Greece.

  10. anna parker February 19, 2015 at 3:16 am #

    I was devastated last year when we were in Greece and Meteora was too far for a day trip… thankfully the Peloponnese was incredible too! But I really want to go to see this amazing site and your photos capture it magically!

  11. Jackie De Burca February 19, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    What marvellous photos Noel, of a wonderful, magical, mystical place. I imagine the energy there must be very special also. It’s interesting how also here in Spain the exact same thing can be found in many locations – I am referring to the shrines & hermitages that they constructed in high, special locations – obviously to feel closer to heaven.

  12. Paul (@luxury__travel) February 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Love the first shot, Noel! Beautifully captured. I don’t know this part of Greece at all… it looks stunning. Is it easy enough to get there?

    • Noel February 19, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      The trains run only a few times daily and it’s about a 4 hour train ride so it is doable

      • Alex.Gotsev April 29, 2015 at 9:33 am #

        Noel, great shots…love the last one!
        I live in Bulgaria, really close to Meteora and it is pleasure to visit it from time to time!

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