5 things to do in Meteora you never thought of!
Being fully committed on this blog to lift all the veils of ignorance for those who wish to visit Meteora, we have prepared below a small list giving away few tips of things to do while visiting Meteora you would never thought of.
If you are searching to experience a different side of Meteora you’re certainly on the right place! Most of Meteora’s visitors will come here to pay a visit to the 6 active monasteries and to enjoy some of the marvelous views of our area. But is it really only those things that this unique site has to offer to all the travelers coming here?
Locals like ourselves they always have the advantage of maintaining the best possible insight of the area they live at any given time compared to any “outside” source. The plain truth is that if you are not one of the rare specimens of people who go to great lengths to dig out every last bit of information posted on the web, in tourist guides and books for each area they intent to visit, then the chances are to be a regular tourist like the vast majority, completely unaware of the hidden gems in each place they visit. It’s also true that some of the best things any area has to offer, those off the beaten tourist paths places and things always have their own ways to remain elusive to most rushing tourists and visitors. Well, fear not and read the list below of few tips and suggestions we have prepared for you to gain a fresh insight on a very different side of Meteora, a side unknown to most tourists:
1. Take a Hiking and Scramble Tour of Great Saint.
This particular hike will take you upon the tallest of all Meteora rocks, some 400 meters above the town of Kalampaka, through an ancient curved path up on the rock of “Great Saint”, a huge rock complex, of which thousands of years ago it was an integral part of the formidable ancient fortifications of the town below. Very few people know the way or the history of that place. Once you reach the top you will enjoy unparallel breathtaking views that you will remember forever!
2. Drink, eat and… philosophize like a true Greek!
Certainly most of you must have heard of retsina or ouzo. Well, forget all about that. Tsipouro is the real deal and if you choose to taste it you will indulge yourself to what is known among the Greeks as the “tsipouro culture”. Tsipouro is locally produced, home made in most occasions, prepared out of local varieties of twice distilled grapes. Each time you order a shot they will always serve it with a small side dish of traditional recipes. Take your time and drink it slowly, it’s a real dynamite. Mix it with ice and some water, and taste the different side dishes of local flavors they will bring you each time. Best enjoy tsipouro with a good company of friends at a cost of no more than 2 Euro per shot including the side dish.
3. Have fun with a rafting adventure here at Meteora
I bet you wouldn’t ever think of that, but it is true! Yes, you can now do rafting at Meteora. Whether you are a water sports fan or novice to rafting this is truly an adventure of great fun, to enjoy yourselves on river rafting just 10 min drive from Meteora. The easy going river makes this activity suitable even for families and kids from 8 years old.
4. Attend a Sunday service on a monastery
How about seizing the chance to take a trip back in time to trace some of the splendor and majesty of the Byzantine Empire? The best way to do that is to attend a Sunday service on a monastery of Meteora and immediately within the liturgy you will realize that you have just taken a trip back into the Byzantine period of the Middle Ages. Keep in mind that a lot of the monasteries were originally founded when the Byzantine Empire was reigning still. The beautiful byzantine hymns, the absence of artificial lighting, the priests dressed with elegantly decorated byzantine cloths, the walls of the church with centuries old frescoes, the candles and the smell of incense, all that create an imposing mystical atmosphere full of the centuries old Byzantine tradition of the eastern Orthodox Church. Make sure to arrive on the monastery of your choice early in the morning because the service will begin roughly at 05:30 am and will end at 08:30 am.
5. Visit the prehistoric cavern of Theopetra
This particular sight is the latest addition to the area’s places of interest and was open only in 2009! Being such a new sight it’s relatively unknown to most visitors coming to Meteora, but nonetheless is one of the most interesting of all. The reason for that latter lays in the mere fact that the cave of Theopetra brings you in touch with Mankind’s origins in Greece with evidence of human occupants living there dating back as far as 130.000 years ago. The cave of Theopetra located just 4 km away from Meteora and is a sight not to be missed. If you don’t have a car, or in case you wish to have a guide with you, why not joining our half day Meteora morning tour that except Meteora and the monasteries will also take you to Theopetra cave.Tags: tips