The ruins of an ancient tower are on the peak of a rock called Aghia. This is the highest of all the Meteora rocks, with a height of 630 m (1890 ft). A path leading up to the tower of Aghia (which means “Great Saint”) starts from the old quarters of the village Kastraki. This amazing hiking path is quite a challenge and of great adventure that appeals mostly to active individuals with good fitness levels.
Because of its high difficulty, it is not recommended without a guide. On the way to the top one passes by the bizarre-looking rock of Adrachti, then proceeds to walk on the rock-carved steps and encounters the rock-carved cisterns before reaching the spot in which a white cross has been placed.
The tower of Aghia initially served as a local “acropolis” during the classical period, a naturally formed impregnable position. When the Ottomans arrived in the 15th century renamed our town from its strong defensive position and gave its present day name of Kalampaka, which is a minor deviation of the Turkish words Kale-bak meaning prestigious castle.
You can now safely enjoy this amazing hike with the Great Saint hiking tour. Discover the well hidden acropolis of “Eginio” the ancient name of Kalampaka, which later on became the monastery of the 12 Apostles. The view from the peak of this rock is just exceptional!