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    Varlaam Monastery
    In a small distance from the rock of the Great Meteoron Monastery there is the smaller, yet very imposing rock of the Monastery of Varlaam. According to the tradition the first inhabitant went there 600 years ago in the 14th century. he was contemporary of Saint Athanasios, the ascete-anchorite varlaam who also gave his name to the monastsery.The present magnificent katholikon that is honoured in memory
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    Saint Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery
    The Monastery of St. Nicholaos Anapafsas is situated very near Kastraki Village. It is the first monastery one can meet in the way from Village to Meteora. All around we can see the ruins of other monasteries of Prodromos, Aghia Moni and Pantokrator and the small church of Virgin Mary of Doupiani.The rock, where that monastery stands, is very small and narrow at the top. This reason influenced the
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    Saint Stephen Monstery
    The Monastery of St. Sthephen is situated on the southeast end of the complex of the Meteora rocks, right above the town of Kalambaka and it is the only monastery that one can visit without using stairs because the approach can done by a small bridge.The view from the balcony of the monastery is magnificent. Down in the valley lies Kalambaka and further away the Peneios river.Since 1961 this monastery
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    Areas

    Kastraki
    Close to Kalampaka, in the way to Meteora is found the graphic village named Kastraki, with the characteristic traditional life and its rich natural beauty. Its beauty is noticed, particularly, by the imposing landscape of rocks of monastic state of Meteora. The village is embedded in the embrace of huge rocks, ressembling that they protect it. The community was created the time of Ottoman domination
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    Diava
    Diava is a semi-mountainous village (300m. height), 3,5 km south-west of Kalampaka. It is constituted by roughly 900 residents, which deal in their majority with agriculture and livestock-farming.In the East of the village, the River Penios flows. Exceptional beauty the forests ?Channels? in the 1200 m., in distance of 8 km from Diava are distinguished Meteores and Domokos. The old name of village
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    Pertouli
    Talking about Pertouli, which is surrounded by the famous mountains Neraida, Koziakas, Loupata and Avgo, and full of dense forests, lush meadows, wild flowers with colorful spark next to the tall trees and flowing waters of the river filled with aquatic plants, will not be an exaggeration to speak of a mountain paradise.The Church of Holy Apostles is a white miniature in the green landscape, which
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    Elati Pertouli
    Elati, a village attracting tourists all through the year, is the first village we meet on the road, 14 km from the Pyli at an altitude of 860m. The population of 700 in the winter rises to 4,000 in the summer, with the main income coming from tourism and secondarily from logging and stock-raising.The rare beauty and the hospitable spirit of Elati combine to make it one of the most developed holiday
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    Neraidochori
    Neraidochori is located 1,140m above the sea level, only 4 Km away from Pertouli and is just a short distance away from the beautiful grasslands which give their place to steep tops. The village is surrounded by the mountain tops Marosa (1,980m) from where one has a magnificent view of Mesochora villages, Megdovas Lake in Karditsa, and the plains of Thessaly, Neraida (2,000m) with a unique view, too,
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    Monasteries

    The Monastseries are linked by asphalt roads, but the area is best explored on foot on the old paths (where they still exist). You could walk around all the monasteries in one day, but you would need an early start and plan, at least a two hour break from 1pm to 3pm when most monasteries are closed. They are only open at the same times and closure days do vary from season to season. Walking and climbing around the rocks can be thirsty work, but there are mobile canteens selling drinks and snacks at most monastery car parks.

    Entry to all monasteries is currently EURO 1,5 uless you are Greek, or can convince the ticket seller that you are, in which case antry is free. Strict dress codes are enforced. Women must wear skirts below their knees, men must wear long trousers and arms must be covered. Skirts, which you can wear over your trousers, are often provided for women upon entering the monastery.

    Monasteries Tour Instructions

    The Moni Agiou Nikolaou Anapafsa (24320-22375) opens at 9 am until 5 pm and is 15 - minutes walk from kastraki Village. From Kastraki's main square walk north, passing Villa San Giorgio. This road peters out to a dirt track. After about 10 minutes the track crosses a stream (which may be dry the summer time). Almost immediately after the stream, scramble up a steep slope towards the monastery which you will see perched on a rock high up on your left. You will come out on the main road just to the right of the path leading to the monastery. A slightly longer but more straightforward route is to follow the main road from Kastraki.

    On leaving the Monastery, turn left onto the road and five minutes along, just before it begins to wind, take a path off to the left. The start of the bath is not marked, so look out for a white chevron road sign on the bend, indicating the start. After about five minutes turn left onto a cobbled path. Soon you will come to a fork at the base of the rocks. Take the right fork (keeping on the cobbled path) and after a steep, zigzagging climb of about 20 minutes you will reach the Moni Megalou Meteorou.

    From Megalo Meteoro make a sharp right turn to reach nearby Moni Varlaam. It has fine late-Byzantine frescoes by Frangos Kastellanos.

    On leaving Varlaam Monastery walk back to the main road and veer right. In about 15 minutes you will come to a fork: the right path has a signpost to Rousanou and the left path to the Agiou Stefanous Nannery. The best approach is to take the left fork and in about 10 minutes you will come across a signpost pointing right to the Rousanou Monastery. A 10-minutes walk along a path will lead to the Moni Agias Varvaras Rousanou.

    After Moni Rousanou you can either take a short walk down the steps to the Agios Nikolaos Metamorphosis road or go back along the path and continue along the road to Moni Agias Triados. If you do the latter you will reach the Agia Triada monastery in about 45 minutes. A path leads down to Kalambaka City from the Monastery. If you want to take this path it is better to visit the Agiou Stefanou Monastery first and then backtrack to Agia Triada.

    Moni Agiou Stefanou is another 10-minutes walk farther along the road. After Agia Triada monastery it feels like returning to civilization, with business - like nuns selling souvenirs and even videotapes, cd and dvd's of Meteora. Among the exhibits in the Monastery's museum is an exquisite embroidered Epitaphios.

    To find the path to Kalambaka City from Agia Triados monastery, walk straight ahead when you leave the monastery; the path is off to the left. The first part is a dirt path but it soon becomes baved. The monks will tell you this walk takes about 10 minutes, but unless you are James Bond or have the agility of a mountain goat, it will take you around 30 minutes.

    We hope to help you have a nice walking day in Meteora and below you can read useful information about the history of each minastsery. This is the way to understand what you will see there!