Meteora, a holy place!
Read the Code of Ethics for responsible tourism
By choosing to visit Meteora you’ve made a choice to visit above all a holy place! A centuries-old monastic community with monks and nuns who are still practicing their faith and ancient rituals. It is one of the most important monastic centers of the Orthodox Church and Eastern Christianity. Below we give the code of ethics one should follow while visiting Meteora and the monasteries.
- All Meteora visitors should understand and promote the ethical values common to humanity, with an attitude of tolerance and respect for the religious, philosophical and moral beliefs of this ancient monastic community; are both the foundation and the consequence of responsible tourism; observe the social and cultural traditions and practices of peoples here and recognize their worth.
- Open your mind to other cultures and traditions – it will transform your experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity – observe social and cultural traditions and practices.
- Respect the faith of the monastic community and of the locals and avoid engaging yourself within the archeological site, inside the monasteries or outside in spiritual or worship practices that don’t belong to the Christian Orthodox tradition.
- Free camping, campfires, singing, shouting, alcohol drinking, organ playing, barbequing inside the archeological site of Meteora are strictly prohibited by law. Security of the archaeological site or the police will be notified immediately if not complied to the above.
- Keep everything clean and don’t litter the site!
- While visiting the monasteries men preferably should wear long pants or pants no shorter than the knee. Women should wear skirts and dressed modestly, shoulders must be covered. Skirts for ladies are provided on the entrances of the monasteries.
- The monks and the nuns are not a touristic attraction to be photographed. Avoid taking pictures of them! Respect their life commitment to their faith!
- Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade. Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.
- Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms, and traditions. Avoid any behavior that could offend the local population.
- Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage of the area. Rock climbing is prohibited on rocks with Monasteries or with ruins.